By Mark Meadows, dpa

It was always going to be a tall order for Bayern Munich to recover from a first-leg deficit and beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals. They gave it a good go without star striker Robert Lewandowski but now all eyes are on coach Hansi Flick after more hints at a departure.

Hansi Flick was proud of how his Bayern Munich team took the fight to Paris Saint-Germain and won 1-0 in France, meaning the holders narrowly went out 3-3 on away goals in the Champions League last eight.

Perhaps his pride at the unlucky exit is why he dropped his guard in a television interview after days of saying he did not want to discuss his future – amid speculation of a rift with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

He openly admitted he is considering the Germany job and whether it might be time to leave Bayern, having won six trophies in just 18 months in charge.

“You always wonder about what’s going to happen, what’s going to pan out next,” he told Sky.

His family would “always support me and stand behind me no matter what I do,” Flick said, then adding that working for the German Football Federation was a “different rhythm”.

Many pundits have taken this to mean he is likely to take the Germany job if it is offered. Flick was Joachim Loew’s assistant when Germany won the 2014 World Cup. Loew is leaving in July.

Flick said he does not yet have an appointment to meet future Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn.

“If Oliver wants to talk to me, he will tell me in time. I have time, so it’s not an issue for me,” Flick said.

Media reports say the rows with Salihamidzic have been over transfer policy and last week Flick told a news conference that his team last year, when winning the Champions League, was better than this season’s version.

Having to do without world player of the year Robert Lewandowski due to injury for the quarter-final with PSG, a repeat of last term’s final, was always likely to tip the balance in the French side’s favour.

But journeyman forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting scored in last week’s first leg and again on Tuesday to show he is not just a reserve and if a couple of attacks had played out differently, Bayern would have sealed a famous progression to the last four.

Flick now has to concentrate on winning the Bundesliga, with Bayern going for a ninth straight title. A five-point lead with six to play should make it a formality, but the uncertainty surrounding the coach despite such recent successes is becoming a hindrance.

Former Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who was replaced by Flick, told Sport Bild: “Personally, I can’t understand why there are these debates about Hansi Flick despite these triumphs.”

But the Monaco coach acknowledged he preferred having a role in transfers at the Ligue 1 club and that coaches at Bayern have little say in comparison.

“We all know how it works in Munich. There, it is exactly the opposite.”

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