Flick’s Bayern ‘punished’ by mistakes in Gladbach defeat

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick confessed was mistakes by the European champs which cost them a 3-2 Bundesliga defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.

The league leaders suffered just their 2nd loss this season, which might cost them leading area if second-placed RB Leipzig beat Borussia Dortmund in the house on Saturday.

“Gladbach were very efficient, they brutally exploited three mistakes by us,” Flick informed DAZN.

“We played good football for the first 30 minutes and dominated the game, but it was little things that decided the match – mistakes by us, ball losses, some poor defending.

“The specific errors injure us since they were penalized and after going 3-2 down, we could not return as we had actually hoped.

“We have to blame ourselves for this defeat.”

Bayern were travelling at 2-0 up after 26 minutes thanks to a Robert Lewandowski charge and an excellent Leon Goretzka objective at Borussia Park.

Nevertheless, Gladbach roared back as midfielder Jonas Hofmann scored two times to make it 2-2 at the break, then established Florian Neuhaus who scored what showed to be the winner for the hosts simply after the break.

“We scored the goals exactly the way we set out to score them,” stated Hofmann.

“We got better and better as the game went on, but in the end it was a hard fight.”

Thomas Mueller concurred with Flick that Bayern can just blame themselves.

“Our passing mistakes were punished – ice-cold. We lost the ball too easily going forward,” Mueller included.

“We made too little out of it when we laid seige to their goal in the second half.”

In the pre-match accumulation, Gladbach coach Marco Rose had actually highlighted Bayern’s propensity to protect high up the pitch, which developed area for challengers to attack, and his group ruthlessly made use of the weak point.

“We have to keep going – that’s the key message I have just told the boys, we’ve had many games in which we didn’t have much luck,” stated Rose, whose side still route Bayern by 9 points in seventh location.

“We worked for it, but overall it was deserved. I’m really happy for the boys, they did great.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.