It starts with a red card against Jérôme Boateng in the ninth minute – and ends in the big Bayern debacle in the Commerzbank-Arena. Frankfurt completely unscrewed the German record champion on November 2, while coach Niko Kovac was stunned and stunned on the sidelines. Did he already suspect what will happen at Eintracht a few days after the 1: 5?
The clap is doomed to the 48-year-old, the Bavarians fire Kovac. Assistant coach Hansi Flick steps in. For now until the winter break. Then it means at least until the end of the season. And in April the news arrives: Flick will even extend until summer 2023. How can he win the Bayern bosses’ trust? With the strong results. But not only!
How did Hansi patch Bavaria again? After there were problems between predecessor Kovac and some top players, the harmony in the team seems to be restored thanks to the new coach. Keeper Manuel Neuer particularly emphasizes the interpersonal component at Flick. In a talk at the DFB Academy in April, he explains: «Hansi is very direct, open and honest. He is a very personable guy who can be told anything and who also says everything openly. »
Müller on the move again
Flick gives long-term top performers new confidence. The best example: Thomas Müller, under Kovac this season often only in the joker role and with no single hit, is completely the old again. Six goals and twelve assists under Flick, that says it all. In general, the game of Bayern looks more orderly, tactically more stable under the new boss. And the offensive: more creative, more fun.
Flick sees it as his job to play “beautiful and successful football”. He succeeds. Under his leadership, Bayern have not only returned to the top of the Bundesliga and are back on track, his team is also firing offensive fireworks. In Flick’s first 16 league games, the Munich team scored a whopping 50 goals – no coach has done that before. On average, more than three goals per game, so Frankfurt has to dress warmly on Saturday (6.30 p.m.). Does Eintracht even face a revenge wattage? (mpe)