Hansi Flick was equal parts annoyed and shocked after holders Bayern Munich were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal on penalties to second-tier Holstein Kiel on Wednesday.
Bayern twice gave up a lead and went on to lose 6-5 on penalties as Marc Roca had his effort saved and Fin Bartels slotted in the winning penalty.
This was Flick’s most devastating loss yet, and the Bayern boss was stunned, but also took a moment to appreciate the efforts of his team and Holstein Kiel.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It’s a shock of course. We’re very disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble.
“Taken altogether, it was down to details, the team showed great spirit. We were dominant, which was our aim. It’s very annoying that we conceded the equalizer in the last second.”
Flick praises Holstein Kiel & doesn’t blame Roca
“We must congratulate Kiel, they made it a real cup fight, they were completely committed,” he added.
“We must put it behind us and do things better. We must be more compact at the back. We must apply more pressure and be more solid when it comes to balls over the top. It’s surprising, that’s what the cup is like.
“Kiel defended well, their keeper turned in an outstanding performance. It just happens in penalty shootouts, I don’t blame (Marc) Roca at all.”
However, Flick did admit that Bayern have a lot of work to do and no more excuses should be made. He said: “I didn’t need that either, but we have to live with it.
“There are no more excuses that there are a lot of games and that we are tired. We have to make sure that we get more pull on the opposing goal again. We have a lot to do.”