Germany coach Hansi Flick admitted on Tuesday that he had made mistakes in his controversial departure from Bayern Munich, saying: “Sometimes I ask myself: ‘Why did it come to this?'”
Flick was speaking from Germany’s training ground ahead of Nations League clashes with Hungary and England.
He left Bayern in June 2021 amid rumors that he had fallen out with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, despite being one of the most successful managers in Bayern’s illustrious history.
“I think now I would do one or two things differently,” Flick told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
“Of course, a conversation would have been nice – sitting at the table together again to address things and let everyone have their say.
“At the end of my time at Bayern, there were times when I took a wrong turn.
“Certainly there were times when I was unfair to the team.”
Taking over as caretaker manager following Niko Kovac’s sacking in November 2019 with the team in fourth place, Flick led the club to a historic treble.
Under Flick’s stewardship, Bayern picked up 64 of a possible 72 points to end the Covid-interrupted Bundesliga season, before securing their sixth Champions League title with a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain. in Lisbon.
He won the Bundesliga title again the next season, but left the club when the Germany job became available, saying he did not receive the necessary support from the Bayern hierarchy.
“I’m really glad we were able to clean up a few things,” added Flick.
– Supporting Bayern –
Flick also said that he believed his former club would overcome their current problems.
Bayern sit fifth in the table, having not won in four Bundesliga games.
“Bayern played unbelievably at the beginning of the season. After the third round of games, everyone thought the other teams had no chance,” Flick said.
“Now they are in a slightly weak phase, but they always create opportunities, and that makes me very positive.”
Flick also endorsed his successor Julian Nagelsmann, calling him an “excellent coach”.
“I am a fan of the way he lets the team play football regardless of recent results.”
Germany faces Hungary on Friday in Leipzig, before traveling to London to play England at Wembley on Monday.