Coach Hansi Flick expressed frustration at Bayern Munich after winning yellow cards over Bayer Leverkusen by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, who will rule them out of their next Bundesliga match.
Bayern rallied and eventually ran out comfortable 4-2 winners despite falling back early on, targeting Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Lewandowski.
For Lewandowski, his effort took him on to 44 across all season contests, a personal best, while Muller claimed a pair of assists to move him to 20 for the 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign, tying Kevin De Bruyne ‘s record.
Yet both of Bayern ‘s main men have been booked, ensuring they will miss next weekend’s visit of Borussia Monchengladbach.
While Bayern has a commanding lead at the summit, Flick did not hide his irritation that the pair were ruled out.
“It’s irritating but we can’t change it and we have to recognize the situation. You ‘re upset on the pitch because I talked to Manuel Grafe, the referee. He said Lewandowski struck the attacker and that’s why he saw the yellow card. I didn’t see it so I couldn’t comment. Thomas was blocking the ball when they had free-kick so the yellow card was all right. It’s just what it is. We ‘re accepting it. We ‘re having two more players. It’s also good sometimes but it’s important that both play for 90 minutes on Wednesday against Eintracht Frankfurt [in the DFB-Pokal]. Then we try to get ourselves well prepared for the Gladbach game,” he said.
Once again, Goretzka was an excellent player and that wasn’t lost on Flick, who is anxious for the Germany midfielder to stay injury-free.