Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick insists the European champions learn of their first German Cup outing in 20 years after second-division Holstein Kiel ended his dream of repeating the treble from last season.
“We are extremely disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble,” Flick said after Bayern were knocked out of a cup competition for the first time since taking office in November 2019.
“There are no more excuses – a lot of games, too little rest,” said Flick, pointing to Bayern’s list of close games this season which often requires his team to play every few days.
“We need to tick that box and do it better.
“We need to be more compact in defense, better protect the central midfielder and apply more pressure. ”
Bayern have five weeks to mend their porous defense before facing Lazio away in the last 16 first leg in their Champions League defense.
However, the Bundesliga leaders’ hopes of repeating last season’s triple trophy are over following their exit from the German Cup.
Like the heavy snow that fell in the second half, Kiel was freezing cold to try his luck.
Goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane gave Bayern a 2-1 lead at 90 minutes, but a lack of focus allowed Kiel captain Hauke Wahl to lead an equalizer.
Bayern then besieged the hosts’ goal, but Kiel held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time and their courage for a 6-5 victory on penalties.
After both sides scored their first five attempts, Bayern midfielder Marc Roca was the first to be saved.
He left ex-Kiel Bremen striker Fin Bartels, 33, who previously scored an equalizer in the first half, to score the crucial penalty and spark wild celebrations.
The match was played behind locked gates due to the high coronavirus count in Germany, but Kiel fans made their presence felt outside the stadium, blasting car horns and setting off fireworks.
“You still wanted to win the triple ?! Kiel supporters scoffed at the Bayern team bus as it exited the stadium parking lot after midnight.
Kiel are the first non-Bundesliga club to knock out Bayern in the second round of the cup since Magdeburg and then fourth to Germany in 2000/01.
“Something like this happens maybe once in a lifetime,” said Ole Werner, the 32-year-old Kiel coach.
The last time Bayern left the German Cup so early, Thomas Mueller had just joined their youth structure at the age of 11.
“The exit from the cup is brutal. It is certainly not the best phase for FC Bayern, ”said Mueller. The loss follows last Friday’s 3-2 league loss at Moenchengladbach.
Bayern have conceded 24 league goals this season – more than any of the top six clubs in the Bundesliga.
Having lost his temper in a post-match interview, Mueller then apologized on Instagram to an ARD reporter who he felt was amused by the Bayern loss.
“Now you’re laughing here,” he fumed after being asked what the mood was like in Bayern’s dressing room.
Bayern must bounce back in Sunday’s tough home game against Freiburg, which is on the club’s record-breaking five-game winning streak in the league.
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