During his press conference earlier today, Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick likened his team’s injury situation to a puzzle he must solve ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’ve always liked puzzles. I don’t worry about who will play three days before the game. After the final training, you know what to expect,” said Flick (as captured by Tz). “We know what can happen, how we want to play. When you have more players available, sometimes it’s harder to put the puzzle right. So, when you have less choices, less pieces in the puzzle, and it’s a little easier.”
The key piece to the puzzle that is missing is Robert Lewandowski. Flick addressed the difficulty in replacing his star striker’s efficiency and precision around the net.
“We had many scoring chances in the first leg, but didn’t act so decisively in front of goal. We have to do better than that. We will do everything we can to make it to the semifinals,” said Flick. “We’ve been focusing on the second leg since last Wednesday. We need the same efficiency tomorrow that Paris had against us, then I’m in good spirits.”
Flick knows that one player who could be a key piece toward solving the puzzle — and to a victory — is Leroy Sane.
“Leroy is a difference player. He was injured for a long time, but now he’s putting in excellent performances,” Flick said. “I’m very happy with him, he can make the difference and turn games around.”