Andreas Morbach reports from Signal Iduna Park
From the beer and sausage stalls in front of the Dortmund Arena on Saturday evening just after half past nine, cheerful singing sounded into the night.
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And at the same time, he made sure that the people of Munich drove to the airport with a bag full of problems under the almost full moon.
The Bavarians have lost their famous winning gene more often this season, but the fatal final in Dortmund was especially painful for them.
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“When Bayern are up 2-0, they usually score the third, fourth and fifth goal – that didn’t happen today.” Borussia coach Edin Terzic dug his finger deep into Munich’s wound, who still hasn’t made it to the semi-finals of the series champions of the past decade.
“Yes, it is possible that we were too sure. But a 2-0 lead is dangerous, you know that. And we didn’t just play against a team,” lamented midfielder Leon Goretzka.
The former Schalke player, who gave the guests a somewhat flattering lead before half-time, “couldn’t put his anger into words” – so he only said: “It’s annoying.”
Problem with central defender threatens Bayern
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer went a little deeper into the matter, describing Munich’s offensive as “just too sloppy”, “not purposeful enough in the end” – and moaning desperately: “I don’t understand how we’re giving it away. They were pretty clear two points lost. .” And that’s not all. Because there was also bad news from the FCB defensive department.
Left back Alphonso Davies, hit “full pot” in the face by Borussia’s mega talent Jude Bellingham (Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann) shortly before half-time, had to be taken to hospital with a suspected concussion. Another bad news for the defending champion: it was recently unclear how long Frenchman Lucas Hernández will be absent from defense headquarters.
Matthijs de Ligt of Bayern Munich
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The 2018 world champion tore a muscle bundle in the adductor area of his left thigh in mid-September in the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. “It’s a stupid place where the healing process takes a while,” Nagelsmann reported before the business trip to Dortmund – where he then took out central defender Matthijs de Ligt after just over an hour.
He later reported that the Dutchman had minor adductor problems. De Ligt’s substitution was therefore also a precautionary measure. Because according to Nagelsmann: “We don’t have that many central defenders at the moment. If another one gets injured, I don’t have one anymore.”
Bayern have won just one of their last six Bundesliga games. “We need to act quickly now,” Kahn demanded accordingly. An unmistakable appeal to the team and its coach, who were negligent in scoring and preventing goals – who were also asked about the recent comments made by Kahn’s predecessor Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Dortmund.
Nagelsmann had described last week as a “great coaching talent” – and as a “very young” coach who “of course also needed to gain experience”. In his view, such and similar comments were made “definitely too much” at the moment, the 35-year-old trainer now clearly piqued. How does he plan to deal with that? “Just like in the past few months,” Julian Nagelsmann smiled—and followed it up a bit derisively: “My life has even more components.”
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