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Flick: “We are making too many mistakes”

Hansi Flick
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The league leaders lost for the first time since September last year as the hosts secured the win after an epic comeback.

According to Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick, his side were making “too many mistakes” in their 3-2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.

The visitors raced out into a 2-0 lead thanks to a Robert Lewandowski penalty which was is 20th goal of the season and a superb strike from Leon Goretzka inside the first 30 minutes.

Unfortunately for the visitors that is as good as it got as a turnover from Benjamin Pavard was the catalyst for a Gladbach counter and ended with Jonas Hofmann sliding his shot past Manuel Neuer. The midfielder was then played onside by Niklas Sule after Joshua Kimmich was dispossessed by Lars Stildl and he scored his second of the contest and brought his side level on the stroke of half-time.

It was another mistake that gave the hosts the lead. Sule then gave the ball away to goalscorer Hofmann who played it across for Florian Neuhaus who atoned for his role in the Bayern penalty and smashed home to give his side the lead, just four minutes into the half.

Bayern boss Hansi Flick spoke to the media after the match.

“We had hoped for a different ending to this game and expected it, but in the end we were punished. We lost the ball unnecessarily three times and the opposition was brutally effective in finishing those chances,” he said.

“When you ask me how to prevent that, on the one hand you have to keep the mistakes to a minimum, or avoid them, and on the other hand you have to cover your deep positions twice.

“We suffered similar situations on their first two goals. Hofmann went deep from midfield and we moved forward too quickly and opened the centre without covering the deep position, and with the second we should have kept going and covering the positions.

“That shouldn’t happen and it’s not a nice situation to be in, but a defeat, even if it’s Bayern Munich, is part of the game. In the second half the team tried everything to achieve a positive result but unfortunately it didn’t work.”

In scoring the first goal of the match, Bayern ended their eight-match run of conceding the first goal, however, it was Manuel Neuer who now had a new record, and not one he will want.

With Jonas Hofmann’s first-half strike, the German shot-stopper has now gone 10 straight matches in the Bundesliga without a clean sheet. Neuer’s last clean sheet was against Eintracht Frankfurt on October 24. The German champions have now shipped in 24 goals in just 15 matches in the league, their highest tally in a season at this point since 1981-82.

Hansi Flick acknowledged that his side has been making too many mistakes in games.

“I’ve said it a few times, we are making too many mistakes. You can’t deny that the team tried to win.

“We had to fight today, we knew it would be a difficult game. Don’t forget [Gladbach] is a team that played in the Champions League against top opposition and prevailed, so we needed this compact team performance and we showed – with the exception of these three situations.

“But of course, we’re not satisfied with the result. We all know we need to show even more concentration in our defensive work in the crucial moments. We have to cover the deep positions and that’s the challenge we have, and we have to improve in the coming weeks.”

Bayern will be hoping to get back on the winner’s list when they play second division side Holstein Kiel on Wednesday in the DFB-Pokal.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.