Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick knew the question was coming and the 56-year-old did not want to let his weekly press conference devolve into a discussion about those pesky rumors linking him to the Germany job.
When asked about the German national team’s brutal loss to North Macedonia, Flick tried his best to gloss over just how bad the outcome was for Die Mannschaft.
“My focus is on Bayern Munich. The game was not easy, the previous games were top,” said Flick (as captured by FCBayern.com). “David Alaba also had to concede four goals against Denmark with Austria. We have a lot to do now and want to be successful against Leipzig.”
Clearly, Flick was not going to get pulled into any discussion on that topic. The sextuple-winning manager did, however, offer some commentary on how he view international breaks.
“At the moment there is no alternative. National teams also need their games,” said Flick. “Basically, the players have had a high workload last season and this season. That’s going to continue. You have to see how you get that under control. The clubs and the national teams have a responsibility here. At some point, a limit of resilience is reached, that’s when you should think about it.”
As for how Bayern Munich’s international players have handled it, Flick tries to ease them back into club training.
“The players are used to playing in this rhythm. Yesterday they had a day to regenerate. Today we will also look to not put them under as much strain as normal in final training. The focus is on the game tomorrow, that we are fully there from the start and have the focus. We will need that. Yesterday everything was in the green, nobody was injured.”