Sinsheim (dpa) – Even the “Go on, go on!” – Oliver Kahn sat as a member of the Munich management team after the bankruptcy of FC Bayern with a thoughtful expression in the stands in Sinsheim.
Three days before the German Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN and ZDF), the triple winner looks overplayed and overtired. In addition to the hassle of appointments in the squeezed and shortened season, there is now time pressure on the transfer market. Munich only has one week left to strengthen their squad.
That this is sorely needed was shown by the 1: 4 on Sunday at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, when the champions, cup winners and Champions League winners suffered their first defeat in 2020. Of course, nobody at Bayern wanted to make a drama out of it. “We check off the game and look to the next one,” said coach Hansi Flick tightly.
Will it be getting tight with reinforcements until the transfer closes on October 5th? “I don’t worry about that,” said the 55-year-old shortly at the press conference, but also said beforehand: “We still need a bit of quality in order to give one or the other player a break.”
Flick had guessed what could happen to his team against Hoffenheim a good 60 hours later after the 120 exhausting minutes in the 2-1 win against Sevilla in the European Supercup final and he wished for options “to be able to put away such games”.
The main challenge now is Hasan Salihamidzic. “We keep many options open. Let us be surprised what happens until the end of the transfer period,” said the sports director. In view of the departures of Thiago, Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, Thomas Müller said after the Budapest trip: “Of course I hope that we will get reinforcements.” Captain Manuel Neuer also referred to the “relatively narrow squad”.
“Mia san tired” was the headline of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” about the limp Bavaria. The pros, used to success, took it as the motto: complaining doesn’t help – the program continues! So Müller was mentally quick when Munich’s next chance to win the title in the DFL Supercup against BVB: “We have a very good opportunity to hit back.”
If they want to defend their triple, Bayern have to cope with a total of 53 games up to the targeted premier class final on May 29 in Istanbul. “We’re not looking for excuses. That’s what awaits us this year. We know there is a game every few days,” said international goalkeeper Neuer. “Accordingly, we can’t talk so much about being broken, we have to accept it.” Incidentally, you have had “massive” victories lately, after all, defeats would also be part of the sport: “I can just say that it is human.”
Flick, who spared goalscorer Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka in Hoffenheim until the 57th minute, had already declared before the defeat: “Our rhythm will consist of game regeneration and game regeneration until Christmas.”
After the Supercup against BVB, Munich’s next league game is on Sunday against Hertha BSC. After that, the national players like Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané, who were inconspicuous on Sunday, have to play three games in the DFB selection – true to the legendary Oliver Kahn saying: “Go on, go on!”