Munich (dpa) – Hansi Flick revealed a well kept secret. The FC Bayern coach has “three tickets for the Munich opponent in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup” with one Eintracht Frankfurt fan in the family.
But this fact will of course not prevent the 55-year-old on Wednesday (8.45pm / ARD and Sky) from wanting to settle an open bill with Eintracht with his Bayern. “We want to win the game clearly and move into the final. That is the goal,” said Flick.
In view of the current Bayern run in the ghost games, he has no doubts about success: “I have the feeling that the team knows exactly what is going on. They are 100 percent there in every game.” This is exactly what Eintracht coach Adi Hütter suspects, who explained almost in parallel to Flick in Frankfurt: “We have to have a perfect day.”
Just like on May 19, 2018, when Eintracht in Berlin beat Bayern stars 3-1 in the fully-occupied Olympic Stadium and became cup heroes. “We still remember the cup finals in Berlin that we lost,” remarked captain Manuel Neuer and said with a look at the revenge: “We don’t want to experience that now in the Allianz Arena. We definitely want to go to the final and the Have the opportunity to win the cup again in Berlin. “
The spirit of 2018 is again evoked by Hütter, who at the time, like Flick, was a spectator at the final. “It was emotionally moving,” said today’s Eintracht coach. “We have to take these emotions with us!” His goal is: “To make the impossible possible.”
The Bavarians have long marked July 4th on the calendar. The date should mark a big day for Germany’s record champion in this darn Corona season: Cup victory number 20 should then come to the almost fixed 30th championship title. In total – 50 – that would mean a golden Munich title anniversary.
And it can get much better. Honorary President Uli Hoeneß also trusts the team in the very big coup in the Champions League. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a ghost tournament or not: If the team plays as they did in Leverkusen, they will be able to play for every title this year,” said the 68-year-old to the “Abendzeitung”. First of all, it’s about the Frankfurt game. “We just have to win, then we will reach the final,” emphasized Hoeneß.
Bayern are well acquainted with open bills. It was only two and a half weeks ago that they also returned in the empty Munich arena with a furious 5: 2 against Eintracht for the crashing 1: 5 in the last game under former coach Niko Kovac in the first half of the Bundesliga. It was impressive evidence of Bayern’s development under coach Hansi Flick.
Kovac, which is also part of the Bayern Eintracht Cup history, had sat on the Eintracht bench in Frankfurt’s triumph with two-time scorer Ante Rebic as a celebrated tactical fox.
Flick warned of the Frankfurt team’s great experience in knockout games, be it in the Europa League or the cup: “It’s a team that can hurt you.” The Hessians are missing a trump card, winger Filip Kostic is suspended after a stupid red card in the quarter-final victory against Werder Bremen.
“We will not give anything away and try everything to create the surprise and still make our dream of the final come true,” promised Frankfurt’s sports director Fredi Bobic.
Bayern are at an almost perfect level after the Corona break with five wins and 17: 4 goals. “It is just a great feeling how it is going,” enthused international Leon Goretzka. The new Bayern leader felt a high “fun factor” on the soccer field and demanded: “We have to keep going.”
Neuer was even asked the question whether the 2020 Bavaria vintage was the best of the decade? “You can’t say whether we’re the best Bavarians of all time or the decade. We’ve had great teams,” replied the 34-year-old, who was one of the historic triple winners under Jupp Heynckes in 2013.
For the cup final and the prospect of the next double or even triple, the Bayern pros would even accept a shorter summer vacation. “Then we would have a week less break,” said Flick, referring to the Bundesliga end on June 27 and the final a week later. The “put your legs up”, as Flick said, should then be shorter in July. The reason: In August the Champions League will probably be played with a tournament.
Hoeneß does not see that the team is out of rhythm for a month. “There are no obstacles for this team at the moment.”