Coach Flick: ‘We know Barca will make mistakes’
According to Coach Hansi Flick, Bayern planned and operated perfectly to win Barca 8-2 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“We, simply, have a great team with outstanding quality. Victory shows that Bayern’s current competitive spirit is very high. We are all satisfied. This result is a reward for the effort of Bayern “, the Kicker newspaper quoted Hansi Flick after winning Barca on the evening of August 14.
Bayern opened the score in the 4th minute, thanks to Thomas Muller. Despite David Alaba’s own goal three minutes later, “Gray Lobster” still scored three more goals in the first half. In the second half, Luis Suarez shortened the gap to 2-4, but in the last 30 minutes, the German team continued to explode with four goals to win one of the biggest victories in history. “Our plan ran perfectly with full capacity, to get our first goals. We fully analyze the mistakes we know Barca will make,” said Flick.
Before the match, Robert Lewandowski – who is leading the scoring list before the Champions League quarter-finals (13 goals) – is mentioned as the most powerful weapon of Bayern. But in fact, Muller played the most impressive with a double. He continued to be a player who played the most in the Champions League (123 matches).
“Without a doubt, Muller is the best player of the match,” commented Coach Flick. “On the field, Muller was the person who showed signals for the pressing attacks of Bayern and did the task too well. I am also satisfied with the players on the pitch. They keep Bayern’s attack seamless for 90 minutes.”
Defeating Barca 8-2 is Bayern’s third biggest victory in the history of the Champions League, after two wins with the same score of 7-0 against Basel in 2012 and Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015. Flick teachers and students are aiming for a treble, similar to what former coach Jupp Heynckes achieved in the 2012-2013 season. However, captain Bayern modest: “It can be seen as an affirmation of Bayern’s strength. But for me, it is just a game. The next match, Bayern still start from 0-0” .