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Flick not worried about Bayern’s bad phase ahead of World Cup

In view of the World Cup in Qatar, Germany national team coach Hansi Flick is not worried about the current bad phase that champions Bayern Munich are going through in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt, 20 September 2022 (dpa/MIA) — In view of the World Cup in Qatar, Germany national team coach Hansi Flick is not worried about the current bad phase that champions Bayern Munich are going through in the Bundesliga.

“Bayern played outstandingly well at the beginning of the season. After the third matchday day, everyone thought the other teams didn’t stand a chance,” Flick told an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Tuesday.

“Now they’re having a weaker phase. But they always create chances and that makes me feel very positive,” he said.

Flick, who relies on a strong Bayern block around captain Manuel Neuer at the World Cup, continues to see an “enormous quality” and “special attitude” in the Bavarian players.

He also considers Julian Nagelsmann an “excellent coach” and said: “I’m a fan of the way he lets the team play football – regardless of the recent results.”

Nagelsmann replaced Flick when the latter left Bayern for the Germany job after winning seven titles with the Bavarians.

Moreover, Flick does not see a mistake in Bayern’s transfer policy of not bringing in a classic centre-forward to replace star striker Robert Lewandowski, who left for Barcelona.

“But what should they have done? Robert is unique in this position, maybe Haaland still has this quality in front of goal,” Flick said.

But instead of Erling Haaland, Sadio Mané moved to Munich, and he, too, is an “absolute top player,” Flick stressed.

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