Bayern Munich dropped points in the Bundesliga for the first time since February when they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt with their 1-1 draw against Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena. Jamal Musiala’s 68th minute goal was cancelled out by Marcus Ingvarsten in the 85th minute off of a quickly taken throw in deep in Bayern’s half. Had Ingvarsten not found the equalizer, it would’ve been Bayern’s third consecutive clean sheet in the Bundesliga, but with a makeshift starting eleven due to the mounting injuries in the squad, it wasn’t to be for Hansi Flick and company.
Speaking after the draw, Manuel Neuer said he thought his side did well despite having a starting eleven comprised of mainly younger players and players that hardly feature (tz). Flick didn’t really have much to choose from given the long injury list and Serge Gnabry being coronavirus positive and he also had to keep one eye on next week’s second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. “We played the better game with this team for most of the time and we deserved the win,” Neuer said.
It’s obvious that Bayern’s squad is hurting at the moment, and all of the injuries have come at an increasingly unfortunate time as the season is reaching its final stage in both the Bundesliga and Champions League. Despite that, Neuer said that they’re not focusing on all of those problems at the moment because that just adds unnecessary pressure on themselves if they dwell on it. “The topic is not that big in the team. Nevertheless, all things that are beating down on us from the outside are of course not necessary,” he explained. They’ll have a difficult task in Paris if they want to progress to the Champions League semi-finals and the gap over RB Leipzig in the title race is back down to five points since they defeated Werder Bremen. Still, there’s no point in piling more pressure on themselves needlessly.
Flick’s future at Bayern has been a hot topic as of late given his links to the German National Team job to replace Joachim Low after this summer’s European Championships. Neuer, like Flick, said that he’s looking forward to Flick staying at Bayern, as he’s the perfect fit for the club. “I think that Hansi Flick is the right trainer for us and we look forward to it continuing like this,” he said.