Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has insisted that while his side were ‘excellent’ against Barcelona in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final, they should not be troubled by the manner of the 8-2 demolition.
Bayern took the lead in just the fourth minute of the game and although they conceded moments later, they looked dangerous every time they went forward. Indeed, the Bundesliga champions trailed Barca by four goals after just 31 minutes, and maintained their dominance after the break.
The contest may have finished 8-2, but perhaps more frighteningly, Bayern could have had a few more chances in front of goal throughout the night.
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Due to the new mini-tournament-style format, Bayern will not have long to recover before they are back in action, however, as they play either Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
As a result, Die Rotten boss Flick was keen not to worry after the game, explaining that it was just a ‘little marker’, telling reporters after the game that his players should regroup. and should be focused so as to best prepare for the latter. Four collisions.
“You know I don’t look back because only the here and now matters. Yes, we played a great game and we can be happy but we all know that if we have to stand in the end we have to now. Have to work hard too. Want to stand up,” Flick said after the emphatic win, per Mail Online Sport.
“We know how quickly it can happen in football. We have to recharge from tomorrow for the semi-final. It’s a win and we wanted to get to the semi-final.
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“Well, it’s impressive, we set a small marker but experienced players know the next game is waiting and we need the same performance. Let it sink in, analyze and then prepare for the semi-finals. Do,” Falk concluded.
It was a performance of the highest order, sweeping Barcelona aside with extraordinary ease and humiliating them in the process. Friday’s performance and result will only confirm the growing belief that Bayern may just be the team to beat in the Champions League, but Flick is keen to keep his players grounded.
With the domestic league and cup double already in the bag, all eyes are now on winning the first Champions League crown in nearly a decade.