Bayern Munich suffered a surprising loss on Sunday as the reigning Bundesliga champions were trashed 4-1 by 1899 Hoffenheim. Coach Hansi Flick decided to rest several of his star players after Bayern won the European Supercup against Sevilla on Wednesday. Bayern needed extra time to secure a 2-1 victory and that resulted in some tired legs, said Flick after the game.
“There were many reasons for the defeat, but in terms of their willingness and desire, I can’t blame the team at all,” Flick told Sky. “The mentality after the 120 minutes on Thursday was great. We gave our opponents too many chances and we weren’t as effective on the offensive side as we normally are.”
“Big compliments to Hoffenheim. The team showed a very strong performance, and also a compliment to Sebastian Hoeness himself – his team was very well adjusted. They closed our spaces very well, we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to play our offensive game in the way we normally can. I don’t blame fatigue for defeat. We just haven’t been able to play our way, with the dynamism with which we normally can.”