Bayern are also hoping for the second leg, although on Tuesday in Paris the semi-final opponent for Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund could miss four top performers. After Flick had to do without Serge Gnabry after a positive corona test in addition to Lewandowski’s knee injured in the first leg, Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle, who were replaced in the first half of the game, are now struggling with muscular problems.
“I don’t know what it looks like next week,” said Flick. The 56-year-old is also expecting a surprising lightning return from Lewandowski, and neither is the super striker himself. “No, that’s still too early,” said Lewandowski.
After the club’s vote, it is ruled out that Süle’s substitute Jérôme Boateng could extend his expiring contract after ten years at FC Bayern. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic announced this “joint decision of the club management” even before the rousing quarter-final first leg. When asked whether such an announcement bothered him shortly before an important game, Flick left room for interpretation.
“I have to answer questions professionally here. I don’t have to answer everything now because I don’t want to either,” said Flick. “I have to act a little too. Part of the coaching job.” The speculation about his future in the club, where the Löw successor candidate Flick has a contract until 2023, is no less.
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