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Opinion: Flick not the right man for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich, Hans-Dieter Flick, Thomas Muller, Bundesliga
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The former 1899 Hoffenheim manager was given the reigns of Munich giants until the end of season and that the most he would stay there.

Five games, four successive wins and a defeat. This is the record Hans Dieter Flick holds for Bayern Munich. It is a good record to have but it is not enough at the Allianz Arena.

For the Bavarian giants perfection is a requirement, failure to do so can cost you your job. Niko Kovac can attest to it. So will Carlo Ancelotti.

In Germany there is Bayern and the rest. They have dominance in all facets and they like to keep it that way. While the league title is a given, it is the UEFA Champions League that Die Roten live for.

Flick has impressed on the continent, but it is his performances in the premier German competition that he will be assessed upon. And it is here that he has failed to impress.

Bayern Munich outclassed Borussia Dortmund and Dusseldorf both home and away. However, in their most recent league fixture against Bayer Leverkusen they failed to show up.

The traveling side secured the three points on offer thanks to Leon Bailey’s first half double salvo sandwiched between Thomas Muller’s equalizer.

Lewandowski dependence

Bayern have stormed forward with Robert Lewandowski leading the lines. However, with the forward struggling to get on the score sheet in the last two fixtures, the Bavarians look subdued.

And it is their inability to close out matches which shows Flick’s reign at the Allianz Arena will not continue beyond the season. Under the former German assistant the team has displayed the same proficiency which it did under Niko Kovac.

This is especially highlighted as the gap between Bayern Munich and Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach increases. Four points separate the two but FC Hollywood will also have to overcome resistance from RB Leipzig and Schalke 04.

Flick has failed to shore up Bayern’s defences and it is showing. Futures are decided in small pockets of exchanges and it would be against one of these sides that Flick’s fate will be decided.

The 46 year old will take Bayern to Borussia Park over the weekend as the fate of Bundesliga is decided. A victory is a requirement, as a seven point gap will bring an end to his stay in Bavaria sooner rather than later.