Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick insists the European champions be taught from their earliest German Cup exit for 20 years, after second division facet Holstein Kiel ended their desires of repeating final season’s treble. “We’re extraordinarily disenchanted, we wished to defend the treble,” mentioned Flick after Bayern had been knocked out of a cup competitors for the primary time since he took cost in November 2019. “There are not any excuses left – plenty of video games, too little relaxation,” mentioned Flick, pointing at Bayern’s tightly-packed fixture record this season which frequently calls for his workforce performs each few days.
“We’ve to tick it off and do issues higher. We’ve to be extra compact in defence, defend the central midfield higher and apply extra stress.”
Bayern have 5 weeks to repair their porous defence earlier than going through Lazio away within the final 16, first leg tie of their Champions League defence.
Nevertheless, the Bundesliga leaders’ hopes of repeating final season’s triple-trophy haul is over following their German Cup exit.
Just like the heavy snow which fell throughout the second-half, Kiel had been ice chilly in taking their possibilities.
Targets by Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane gave Bayern a 2-1 lead with 90 minutes gone, however a lapse in focus allowed Kiel captain Hauke Wahl to attain a last-gasp equaliser.
Bayern then laid siege to the hosts’ aim, however Kiel held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after further time and their nerve for a 6-5 victory within the penalty shoot-out.
After each side netted their opening 5 makes an attempt, Bayern midfielder Marc Roca was the primary to have his saved.
It left Kiel’s former Bremen ahead Fin Bartels, 33, who had earlier scored a first-half equaliser, to internet the essential penalty and spark wild celebrations.
The sport was performed behind locked doorways resulting from excessive numbers of the coronavirus in Germany, however Kiel followers made their presence felt exterior the stadium, blaring automobile horns and setting off fireworks.
“You wished to win the triple once more?!” Kiel followers jeered at Bayern’s workforce bus because it pulled out of the stadium automobile park after midnight.
Kiel are the primary non-Bundesliga membership to knock Bayern out within the cup’s second spherical since Magdeburg, then in Germany’s fourth-tier, in 2000/01.
“One thing like this occurs maybe as soon as in a lifetime,” beamed Kiel’s 32-year-old coach Ole Werner.
The final time Bayern exited the German Cup so early, Thomas Mueller had simply joined their youth construction as an 11-year-old.
“The cup exit is brutal. That is actually not the very best part for FC Bayern,” Mueller mentioned. The loss follows final Friday’s 3-2 league defeat at Moenchengladbach.
Bayern have conceded 24 league targets this season – greater than any of the opposite prime six golf equipment within the Bundesliga.
Having misplaced his mood in a post-match interview, Mueller later apologised on Instagram to an ARD reporter he felt was amused by Bayern’s defeat.
“Now you might be laughing right here,” he fumed after being requested what the temper was like within the Bayern dressing room.
Bayern have to bounce again in Sunday’s difficult dwelling tie in opposition to Freiburg, who’re on a club-record five-game successful streak within the league.
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