Despite winning Tuesday in the French capital 1-0 with a goal scored by former Saint Germain striker Eric Maxime Choubou-Moting, Bayern left the main continental competition for losing 2-3 home.
“Everyone knows that I am thinking about my future,” Flick said after the match, in an interview with the “Sky” sports network, referring to what happened in recent days of talk about the tense relationship between him and the sports director of the Bosnian Bavarian club Hassan Salimidzic, against the background of the transfer policy in the administration Especially with regard to the decision not to renew defense center Jerome Boateng.
Faced with these tensions, Flick refuses to confirm he will continue with the Bavarian club next season by systematically evading the issue.
According to German media, Flick is the favorite to take over the task of supervising the German national team after the European Cup next summer, succeeding Joachim Loew, who will leave the position after the continental tournament.
But for the 56-year-old coach, what he wants at the moment is to “absorb the exclusion” from the Champions League and “assess the situation. I also have my thoughts”.
Certainly, the Bavarian club was affected a lot on Tuesday and in the first leg as well by the many absences in its ranks, especially its deadly Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Since Flick reached the helm, Bayern have won all six possible titles during the past 12 months, including the Champions League when they were crowned champion in the Portuguese capital Lisbon for the sixth time in their history by beating Saint-Germain with one goal.
But the situation is different this season, as Flick’s men bid farewell to the cup competition early before relinquishing the Champions League title, making the German League their only hope of winning the title this season.
But the matter is also not settled in the “Bundesliga”, since it is only 5 points ahead of Leipzig, the second before six stages at the end of the season, after stumbling last weekend at home to Union Berlin (1-1).
Flick indicated that he is not happy with the current situation in Bayern, saying, “My family will always support me, regardless of what I do … What they care about is that I enjoy the work I do.”
The German League is “not a consolation prize”
To try to clear the air, Flick and a member of the club’s board of directors are scheduled to meet with former international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
He did not specify a date for this meeting, “But I have time. If he (was) feels he wants to chat with me, he is welcome.”
Before Tuesday’s match in Paris, Flick strived to play down the importance of the difference in views with Salmidzic, saying, “The issue is not about + Brazo + (Salmidzic) or me, but with the club. He does his job, I do my job.”
“We are focusing on what is important for the club. A lot of things are rumored: + Tension between the duo.”
Now that the dream of retaining the Champions League has ended, Flick regards winning the Bundesliga title as “our minimum goal and not a consolation prize”.
Bayern must put behind him what the press called “the drama in Paris” in order to focus on the difficult test awaiting him in the German league on Saturday against Wolfsburg III, stressing the importance of the team regaining its “way of working” after “the most bitter victory for Hansi Flick.” The Bild newspaper did not headline a comment on what happened Tuesday in Paris.
As for the “SS” newspaper issued from Munich, there are several justifications for what happened in front of Saint-Germain, such as “fatigue after a tired season as a result of Covid-19, the absence of Lewandowski, missed opportunities in the first-leg match,” considering that internal conflicts must also be taken into account. In the club.
Things are quite clear for the former Bayern star Lothar Matthews, who said immediately after the end of the Paris match, “It is the last match in the Champions League for Hanzi Flick with Bayern,” and thus expected the latter not to be with the Bavarian club until after the end of the current season.
Matthews expected that Flick would move to supervise the German national team after the European Cup next summer, claiming that the club’s management had contacted the current coach of Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann to take over the duties.
In the current internal conflict that prompted CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to enter the line and say publicly that what is happening must stop immediately, the position of the Bayern fans was very clear in the opinion poll published Tuesday by the “Sky” network about the preference between remaining Fleck or Salimidzic 96% voted for the coach to remain.