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Flick on Bayern’s defeat to Gladbach

Sat 09 January 2021 | 12:28

The Bundesliga champions faced their first defeat of the season after their loss to Gladbach.

Bayern Munich

manager,

Hansi Flick

, believes their 3-2 defeat to

Borussia Monchengladbach

on Friday was decided by their opponent’s effective brutality. Though a penalty from

Robert Lewandowski

's and a goal from

Leon Goretzka

put Bayern in the lead, Gladbach were not willing to let rivals win the first-half after equalizing the result in the early 45 minutes.

"We had hoped for a different ending to this game and expected it, but in the end we were punished. We lost the ball unnecessarily three times and the opposition was brutally effective in finishing those chances,"

Flick said following their defeat.

"When you ask me how to prevent that, on the one hand you have to keep the mistakes to a minimum, or avoid them, and on the other hand you have to cover your deep positions twice.”

"We suffered similar situations on their first two goals. Hofmann went deep from midfield and we moved forward too quickly and opened the centre without covering the deep position, and with the second we should have kept going and covering the positions.”

"That shouldn't happen and it's not a nice situation to be in, but a defeat, even if it's Bayern Munich, is part of the game. In the second half the team tried everything to achieve a positive result but unfortunately it didn't work."

"I've said it a few times, we are making too many mistakes. You can't deny that the team tried to win,”

Flick added.

"We had to fight today, we knew it would be a difficult game. Don't forget [Gladbach] is a team that played in the Champions League against top opposition and prevailed, so we needed this compact team performance and we showed – with the exception of these three situations.”

"But of course, we're not satisfied with the result. We all know we need to show even more concentration in our defensive work in the crucial moments. We have to cover the deep positions and that's the challenge we have, and we have to improve in the coming weeks."

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