Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick admitted it was mistakes by the European champions that cost them a 3-2 Bundesliga defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
The league leaders have suffered only their second defeat this season, which could cost them first place if second-placed RB Leipzig beat Borussia Dortmund at home on Saturday.
“Gladbach was very efficient, they brutally exploited three mistakes from us,” Flick told DAZN.
“We played good football for the first 30 minutes and dominated the game, but it was little things that decided the game – mistakes on our part, loss of the ball, poor defense.
“Individual errors hurt us because they were punished and after losing 3-2 we couldn’t come back as we had hoped.
“We have to blame ourselves for this defeat. ”
Bayern beat 2-0 after 26 minutes thanks to a Robert Lewandowski penalty and a superb goal from Leon Goretzka at Borussia Park.
However, Gladbach hit back as midfielder Jonas Hofmann scored twice to make it 2-2 at the break and then set up Florian Neuhaus who scored what turned out to be the winner for the hosts just after the break.
“We scored the goals exactly as we planned to score them,” said Hofmann.
“We got better as the game went on, but in the end it was a tough fight. ”
Thomas Mueller agreed with Flick that Bayern can only blame themselves.
“Our passing mistakes were punished – freezing. We lost the ball too easily forward, ”added Mueller.
“We did too little when we put the seat to their goal in the second half. ”
In pre-match preparation, Gladbach coach Marco Rose had pointed out Bayern’s tendency to defend themselves high up the pitch, which allowed opponents to attack, and his team ruthlessly exploited weakness.
“We have to keep going – that’s the key message I just told the boys, we’ve had a lot of games where we haven’t had much luck,” said Rose, whose team still lag Bayern from nine points in seventh place.
“We worked for it, but overall it was earned. I’m really happy for the boys, they did really well. ”
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