Munich (dpa) – This time, Hansi Flick would have to complete his masterpiece without the premium attack.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski and top preparer Thomas Müller are yellow-blocked by Bayern. And Serge Gnabry plagued his back in the run-up to the Bundesliga home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. “Of course, if two exceptionally experienced players like Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski are missing, it also hurts us,” said Flick. With national team Gnabry, the 55-year-old relies on the “good job” of the medical department until kick-off on Saturday (6.30 p.m. / Sky).
The canned Munich football professionals don’t want to be stopped by these offensive obstacles in the “giant run” certified by Flick. The foal elf fighting for a Champions League place should be the last major obstacle on the way to the championship trophy. “Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski are, of course, game-defining mentality players who will certainly be missing, but the FC Bayern squad is set up so that you can replace them for a game,” said guest coach Marco Rose.
The trio Lewandowski / Müller / Gnabry recorded a total of 82 goal participations in the league in the 90-goal attack of the German soccer record champion. Even the feudal Munich luxury ensemble doesn’t even compensate for such failures. “We have to replace them and we will try to do the best we can,” said Flick. “I don’t want to give away too much, but if you take a look at our squad, you will know exactly what it might look like.” One option is 19-year-old Joshua Zirkzee.
“Joshua is developing very well. We are all very satisfied,” said Flick after entering the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Then Lewandowski scored the winning goal.
Flick praises Zirkzee’s presence in training. “He can tie the ball well, but is also of good quality in the penalty area,” said the coach. The young Dutchman scored three goals in seven mostly short league appearances. Against Hoffenheim (6-0) and Augsburg (2-0), he was allowed to run twice before the Corona compulsory break during Lewandowski’s knee injury.
Munich’s lead over Borussia Dortmund is seven points. If BVB surprisingly loses at Fortuna Düsseldorf three hours before the Bayern game, Flick could already make his first championship against Gladbach perfect. “We are doing quite well,” said the head coach, who started so furiously this season. 24 wins in the first 27 competitive games – making Flick even better than Pep Guardiola (22 wins).
However, there are no titles for this dream record. “We still need two victories, we are all aware and clear. We want to bring them in as quickly as possible,” said Flick. The next opponent after Gladbach is the relegation candidate Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
“We know very well that we still have to collect points, so we’re not going to take our foot off the accelerator,” said midfielder Leon Goretzka. Nothing should stop the Mucki man and his team anymore: The 30th championship and the 20th cup win attract – anniversary title number 50 is possible this season.
The 25-year-old Goretzka could advance in the league classic against Gladbach in midfield and take over the Müller position. Kingsley Coman and Ivan Perisic are the first candidates on the wings. Cup goal scorer Perisic continues to play for his future, because the loan business with Inter Milan ends in the summer. “We all know about Ivan’s qualities in the club,” Flick remarked.
On the defensive, the world champion Lucas Hernández, who was repeatedly stopped by injuries, can hope for more minutes, possibly as a left-back. “Lucas can play both in central defense, but also as a full-back. He has fitted in well there,” said Flick after the 2-1 win over Frankfurt.
Alphonso Davies then moved forward on the wing. “He can of course also play the position, but if he comes from behind, it’s just that he just has more dynamism,” said Flick to the Canadian. Due to his speed, Davies can always create “good situations” on the offensive. Even without Lewandowski and Müller, Flick still has enough quality players to choose from.