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Union Berlin M. Ingvartsen (86)

Flick doesn't mince words on personnel situation: "We had a team last year that was better in terms of quality"

By Peter Vice

The German footballing media cannot help but parse the words of Bayern's top-brass for any sign of conflict. On the other hand, Hans Dieter Flick seems to have no misgivings about calling it as he sees it.

Hansi Flick.
Hansi Flick.

Irrespective of what Karl Heinz-Rummenigge's views may be on the matter, Hansi Flick couldn't help but deliver a perceptible thinly-veiled swipe at sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic during his Friday presser. Asked how he planned to handle several notable absences in his ranks, Flick bluntly conceded that his personnel situation left him with less than great options.

"We had a team last year that was better in terms of quality," Flick noted, "Everyone knows this and will agree with me [that last year's team was] better than this year's."

It's not entirely clear at all that everyone would agree with him. As many anticipated, the shortfalls of Salimadzic's 2020 transfer class continues to serve as a major bone of contention between coach and management. The issue as to whether this rift might lead to Flick bolting for the vacant trainer position at the German national team isn't going anywhere.

Naturally, Flick devoted ten times as many words to how focused he was on his current job and didn't wish to address any more speculation. He did nevertheless manage to deliver another subtle backhand to his administrators by insisting that "the provocations don't come from me."

The FCB trainer will have to get creative in building a squad for Saturday's 15:30 kickoff against 1. FC Union Berlin. For starters, the absence of Lucas Hernandez (injury) and Alphonso Davies (suspension) means he will need a left-back.

Flick remained noncommittal about possible deployments for the returning Tanguy Nianzou and the consistently disappointing Bouna Sarr. Three fullbacks (Remy Vita, Josip Stanisic, and Dimitri Oberlin) have recently been called up from the youth squad.

Christopher Scott, a winger who can also play at fullback, already featured on Flick's bench against Leipzig last Saturday.

FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
20Bouna Sarr
17Jérôme Boateng ↩66
8Javi Martínez
44Josip Stanisic
6Joshua Kimmich
25Thomas Müller
42Jamal Musiala ↩74
28Tiago Filipe Oliveira Dantas ↩66
29Kingsley Coman ↩46
13E. Choupo-Moting ↩58
35Alexander Nübel
10Leroy Sané ↪46
30Dimitri Oberlin
5Benjamin Pavard ↪66
23Tanguy Nianzou ↪74
26Remi Vita
27David Alaba ↪58
32Christopher Gavin Scott ↪66
Union Berlin
1Andreas Luthe
28Christopher Trimmel (C)
5Marvin Friedrich
31Robin Knoche
25Christopher Lenz ↩67
21Grischa Prömel
30Robert Andrich
15Marius Bülter ↩67
10Max Kruse ↩72
18Keita Endo ↩80
24Petar Musa ↩72
20Loris Karius
9Joel Pohjanpalo ↪72
32Marcus Ingvartsen ↪67
36Cedric Teuchert ↪72
4Nico Schlotterbeck
6Julian Ryerson ↪67
19Florian Hübner
33Sebastian Griesbeck
34Christian Gentner ↪80

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