In the declaredly most important game of the year FC Bayern Munich fails to a stronger opponent from Liverpool, but also their own shortcomings. The big change at FCB is approaching.
Empty faces, stares and players silently sitting on the grass. It’s over. And you can see that. Bayern has retired from the Champions League in the second round. Yes, that also happened to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain before, but that does not make it any less painful for Bayern, who are disappointed.
The big match with Liverpool lost 1-1 (1: 1) and in the moments shortly after the final whistle of this last-sixteen second leg match in the Munich arena, many of the protagonists still do not seem to have understood what happened here.
“Football was not clean”
In the background, Jürgen Klopp runs beaming across the lawn and makes his famous jubilee saw in front of the guest fan block. Around it, it has become quite empty shortly after the final whistle. Many Bayern supporters have already left the stadium as their team slowly in the direction of Sükurve, where the most loyal of their followers defiantly sing.
The applause of Bayern players seems routine, the body language resigned. Defense boss Mats Hummels finds words first. “We were football-wise not clean,” criticized Hummels in the Sky interview himself and his teammates, they acted “without the very last conviction”. “The 2: 1 took our faith a bit, then Liverpool was the better team.” One wants to add: Before actually already.
Combat strength and tempo hardness the advantages of the FC Liverpoo l
Review: The Bayern started with a lot of motivation and self-confidence. The 6-0 gala against VfL Wolfsburg – perhaps also a defiant reaction to Joachim Loew’s termination message in the direction of Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller – obviously had a positive effect. Thiago, Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry – they all dealt with Liverpool’s defensive in the first minutes. But it remained the fire of a motivated going home team. Because shortly after took over the Liverpool FC.
After about a quarter of an hour, the guests from England came ever better into the game and used their physique above all: tackle strength and speed of Liverpool FC were a revelation, in a positive sense. The team of coach Jürgen Klopp was not even the failure of captain and champion Jordan Henderson notable, who had already injured after 13 minutes and was replaced by Fabinho almost equal.
New fateful outing
The logical consequence of the combative and increasingly also playful overweight of Liverpooler: After a long pass from Virgil van Dijk, stormed Sadio Mané into the box, was not disturbed by Rafinha properly and Manuel Neuer came out of the box, which proved to be a fatal mistake , Mané was able to get the lead for Liverpool with a chip into the empty net (26.).
Bayern were looking forward to stabilizing his game and procured mainly by the fast Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman discharge. The German record champion was suddenly on the upswing. The fact that the equalizer came shortly thereafter is one of the many twists of this football game: Again it was Gnabry, who marched on the right side, in distress can play the ball flat in front of the goal of the LFC, where Lewandowski missed, but Joel Matip by own goal make the compensation (1: 1).
“We were not good enough”
In the second half, Serge Gnabry threatened Liverpool’s goal. He shot the British defenders in the right half of the field and fed Lewandowski in the middle who narrowly missed the lead (60 ‘). ). But it remained one of the few compelling actions of Bayern. As the playing time increased, the physique and concentration of the Britons prevailed. In the 69th minute, Virgil Van Dijk, who with a transfer fee of 78.8 million euros the most expensive defender in the world, prevailed in a dogfight against Hummels and thus managed the preliminary decision in this game.
“The opponent did it really well and we were not good enough,” analyzed sober FCB coach Niko Kovac. “Today we have shown our limits.” Because instead of a big Aufbäumens Bayern then followed by more opportunities for Liverpool.
A fresh start is inevitable
The FCB defense had massive problems when Salah asked to dance in the 75th minute and left the entire Bayern defensive look like. The 3: 1 by Sadio Mané (83rd) was then only the logical conclusion of this unilateral game at the end.
While Klopp could barely hide his joy (“To make such an exclamation point, that’s brutally good”), the Bavarians should already begin their clean-up work in the hours after the bankruptcy: What can go, what can stay? The FC Bayern stands after this clear as well as devastating result before a break. Many older players are likely to be questioned by the club leadership. So it will be not only for Arjen Robben no further Champions League match in the dress of Bayern Munich.
Heads may also roll. A fresh start almost always starts with the staff. Because one might have shown this football evening of Munich: It is simply not enough, what FC Bayern currently has to offer.