“I’m assuming that the players know that a first half like the one in Bochum is unacceptable. We fell well short of our potential,” said the Bayern boss on the sidelines of an advertising event for the corona vaccination in Munich.
“Sometimes there’s something good about being able to play in Salzburg a few days later in order to forget a result like that as quickly as possible,” said the 52-year-old Kahn, looking ahead to the round of 16 first leg this Wednesday (9 p.m /DAZN) at the Austrian champions.
Kahn expects the Bundesliga leaders to be delivered again on the international stage. He recalled the similar situation after the end of the DFB Cup at the end of October: “After the 0:5 loss in Gladbach we showed the right reaction and clearly won the next game. And I assume that will be the case now.” This was followed by two 5-2 wins in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
“We’re conceding too many goals”
Kahn does not see a fundamental mentality problem with the Bayern pros. “When you lose big, the mentality issue is always brought up quickly,” said Kahn. However, he sees an attitude problem when it comes to defensive work: “But I think that not only this season, but in recent seasons, we have been missing a lot defensively in the backward movement and in working against the ball. We concede too many goals.”
Kahn therefore warned with a view to Salzburg and the desired title win in the premier class: “We have to bet that we have to work with more discipline and more passion against the ball.