Hansi Flick was “shocked” as Bayern Munich, the defending champions were knocked out of the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) on Wednesday evening by second-tier side Holstein Kiel.
Kiel won a nail-biting penalty shoot-out 6-5 as the second-round tie finished 2-2 after extra-time with the Bayern coach acknowledging that the end result was nothing short of surprising.
“We are enormously disappointed. It’s a shock of course. We’re very disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble,” said Flick after the game.
“Taken altogether, it was down to details, the team showed great spirit. We were dominant, which was our aim. It’s very annoying that we conceded the equalizer in the last second.”
Despite his frustration at the result, Flick also gave credit to Kiel – Germany’s new giant killers. “We must congratulate Kiel, they made it a real cup fight, they were completely committed,” said Flick.
“We must put it behind us and do things better. We must be more compact at the back. We must apply more pressure and be more solid when it comes to balls over the top. It’s surprising, that’s what the cup is like.
“Kiel defended well, their keeper turned in an outstanding performance. It just happens in penalty shootouts, I don’t blame (Marc) Roca at all.”
RELATED STORY: Bayern complete quadruple with Super Cup win over Sevilla
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi