The record champions removed the first major uncertainty regarding the Bundesliga restart after the corona virus break. The victory at Union Berlin was typical of FC Bayern. Coach Hansi Flick sees a lot of room for improvement in Munich for the remaining season.
Berlin (dpa) - three mandatory points. But nothing more. Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick was far from any euphoria after the deserved and lackluster 2-0 win at 1. FC Union Berlin.
Neither the performance nor the framework in the otherwise atmospheric old forester's house was right. After the restart in the Bundesliga, the record champion dealt with three issues.
TITLEKAMPF: Thomas Müller, with a four point lead over Borussia Dortmund as the sharpest pursuer, opened a simple calculation. "We had nine games, we have to win eight. The goal is very clear. That was a first step today. It is very clear that the game in Dortmund will be decisive, of course." The focus is already on the showdown with the big rival on May 26th.
Manuel Neuer warned against concentrating only on BVB. "A lot can still happen, you can not write off teams, especially if they are as strong as Leipzig," said the goalkeeper. But RB is now seven points away.
Coach Hansi Flick's thoughts went too far anyway. First: "We play against Eintracht Frankfurt first, everything else comes afterwards." Second, the performance against Union could be expanded. "Everyone can do better."
RECORD HUNT: Robert Lewandowski has already scored 40 goals this season. FC Bayern quickly calculated this via Twitter after the penalty goal in Berlin. However, in all competitions. In order to break Gerd Müller's legendary Bundesliga record from the 1971/72 season with just that number, Poland still lack 14 goals in eight games after scoring a penalty against Union.
Difficult, but not impossible. "It won't be easy," said Flick. The Bayern coach thought that Lewandowski's teammates could have put him in the first game after breaking the shin edge in Berlin. "Lewy makes a very good impression. He is in top shape. We failed to involve him more."
CONTRACTS: Manuel Neuer stood in front of the advertising wall in a sleeveless black shirt and looked a little incredulous during the TV interview. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had actually expressed himself in the contract poker as optimistically as the question suggested. Yes, he did. Rummenigge had said before the game that the "marriage" between the national goalkeeper and FC Bayern would last.
So hastily, Neuer did not want to give a yes word after the publicly held quarrels over widespread claims for wages. "I think Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is in the picture," said Neuer. But: "At the moment there is nothing to announce and I will stick to it."
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