Even with the score of 8: 0 for his team, still the driver: Hansi Flick
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After 89 minutes, Hansi Flick got loud again.
The FC Bayern coach was highly concentrated on the sidelines, he looked tense, he looked into the defense center of his team, then he called to Niklas Süle in charge of the ball, but kindly to the free-standing Benjamin Pavard.
At this point in time, FC Bayern was leading 8-0 against Schalke 04.
Hansi Flick could have watched the entire second half in silence and comfortably seated, at the latest after Serge Gnabry's goal to make it 4-0 after 46 minutes.
But to lean back, to be satisfied, to do it halfway - that contradicts his nature.
Just those last minutes of this memorable evening, when Flick was still cheering on his players, giving the whip, demanding full concentration, were significant.
They showed that Flick cannot do that, rest on some laurels, be it after a triple win or after an eight-goal lead.
Flick always continues with the same beat.
Flick got it pretty well when he later said, when asked why he was so focused until the final whistle: "It was important to me to keep the team on line."
That she should not deviate from it under any circumstances, stay on course, unwavering and merciless.
Even at 8: 0.
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It was quite possible that some people in the league or elsewhere in the football republic gave themselves up to the vague hope before the opening game of the 58th Bundesliga season that Bayern might be tired, mentally exhausted and mentally drained Take a little breath, a full 26 days after the great triumph of Lisbon, the victory in the final of the Champions League and the completion of the three trophy season.
It would have been understandable if they had struggled to achieve a bumpy job victory.
Instead, they seamlessly start where they last left off, once more they played their way into a frightening intoxication, crushing the opponent with their high pressing.
Of course, after such games the question always arises: Were Bayern so good or Schalke so bad?
And yes, Schalke wasn't just bad, it was so shockingly weak that it hurt.
And yet, on that evening Bayern would have overrun and torn every opponent.
As greedy as they were, hungry, cannibalistic.
Bayern did not even care about the waiver of three important top performers, Thiago, who had just migrated to Liverpool, who had said goodbye to his old teammates with plenty of emotion the day before, was missing, as were the two defensive supporters David Alaba and Alphonso Davies , they were not used due to minor injuries.
But didn't do anything.
Like Ribéry and Robben once
For example, newcomer Leroy Sané shone on his debut in the Bayern dress, even with him one was not sure: How does he integrate into the successful triple squad?
Does he find his position, does he find his game?
Yes, he got involved, and in an impressive way.
Especially in the interaction with Serge Gnabry, for whom he put two of his three goals, the ex-Schalke shone, and later Sané also scored himself Years ago, doing nothing but playing together every day from morning to night, that brought back memories of that August evening in 2009, when Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry played a dizzy opponent together for the first time in the 3-0 win against Wolfsburg and delighted the audience.
Two found each other: Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané
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Later, after their replacement, Gnabry and Sané sat on the stage, they laughed, they joked, they hugged.
Apparently two people met, and there was otherwise unbridled enthusiasm for the game: Robert Lewandowski, for example, who, according to information from SPIEGEL, is faced with a million-dollar lawsuit by his former adviser Cezary Kucharski.
The footballer of the year was unimpressed on the pitch and, in addition to his penalty goal to make it 3-0, delivered one of the most spectacular leg twisting assists in football history.
As usual, euphoric and intoxicating Bayern’s game, the coach’s analysis was so sober as usual.
After the final whistle, Hansi Flick regretted the lack of chances in the first half, he said:
"We should have scored two, three or four more goals."
And that it was a good position determination.
The location is now again the top spot in the Bundesliga.
And so want to increase the roster even more, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
The signing of Sergiño Dest from Ajax Amsterdam, as an alternative to Benjamin Pavard as a right-back, should be close to completion, and a new signing could also be added in midfield.
While board member Oliver Kahn avoided the purchase issue and also praised Bayern's own talents (17-year-old Jamal Musiala replaced Roque Santa Cruz as the youngest Bundesliga scorer in club history with his goal to make it 8-0), it sounded more at Flick in plain language: "We'll make sure we get one or the other player. And that will be the case."
So that they get even stronger.
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