‘OK, it is impressive… prepare for the semi-final’: Hansi Flick in no mood to celebrate Bayern Munich’s huge win over Barcelona as he turns attention to winning the Champions League
Bayern Munich players will let their stunning 8-2 Champions League quarter-final victory sink in for a day but if they are to win the title they still need to work hard, coach Hansi Flick warned.
Flick, who was assistant coach of Germany in their historic 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil en route to the World Cup title in 2014, said his players now needed to stay grounded ahead of a semi-final against either Manchester City or Lyon.
‘You know that I do not look back because only the here and now matters,’ Flick told reporters when asked about comparisons to Germany’s 2014 win.
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick said his players must stay grounded to win Champions League
Bayern Munich cruised through to the semi-finals after humiliating Barcelona in Lisbon
‘Yes, we played an outstanding game and we can be happy but we all know we still have hard work to do if we are to stand in the end where we want to stand,’ he added.
Bayern have won the domestic league and Cup double and are looking to repeat their 2013 treble winning season.
‘We know how quickly it can happen in football. We must recharge from tomorrow for the semi-finals,’ Flick said.
Lionel Mess walks off the pitch after Barcelona suffered their biggest ever defeat in Europe
On Friday the Bavarians had already scored four times in the first half against the Spanish former European champions, outclassing them with dizzying pace and quick breaks that left the Barca defence standing.
‘It is a win and we wanted to reach semi-finals. OK, it is impressive, we set a small marker but the experienced players know that the next game awaits and we will need the same performance.
‘Let it sink in, analyse and then prepare for the semi-final,’ Flick said.