The verdict of the highest judge at FC bayern was ruthlessly honest.
"Liverpool was simply better and deserved to win. That’s all I wanted to say," said uli hoeneb in an emotionally controlled voice after the european soccer championship.O. Against the previous year’s finalist with triumphator jurgen klopp in a bunch of microphones. Then the president turned abruptly in the basement of the allianz arena and disappeared thoughtfully into a hollow munich night that marked a zasur for the german record champion.
A detailed statement of the association’s patron was not absolutely necessary in the hour of the deep exchange. Each of the 70.000 eyewitnesses in the stadium had seen how a rough munich champions league generation had to resign, which in this decade with three finals, four semi-final participations and the title win in 2013 as a crowning achievement mabgebgeblich the happenings in europe’s fubball with. "We have been shown our limits," admitted coach niko kovac at the end of his first konigsklasse season.
Despite all the "justified disappointment," the boss immediately appealed to his players: "we have to pick ourselves up. We were not allowed to be negative."Kovac proclaimed the double as a new incentive that very night. "Our goal is to win the bundesliga and the cup"."
It’s a bavarian stroke of luck that, unlike the last six years when the championship title was practically already won at this time of year, this time the bundesliga is highly emotional. To snatch the trophy from rivals borussia dortmund after a nine-point deficit is a major incentive for the perennial champions.
"In the championship, we fought for so long to get back in front that we didn’t want to give it away," explained captain manuel neuer. Mats hummels also swore the team in for "maximum national success" – garnished with a reminder: "we must now try not to fall into a hole after this disappointment, as happened to us last year after the semifinal elimination." The K.O. Real madrid totally pulled the plug on the munich team in 2018. They even lost the cup final against eintracht frankfurt – at that time still coached by niko kovac.
The croatian drew a thick line under europe. "We have to forget about the champions league this season and start attacking in the new year."No munich protagonist wanted to doubt the legitimacy of liverpool’s quarterfinal appearance, after full-throttle coach klopp raised his fist wildly toward the sky several times on the turf. "To put an exclamation mark like that – that’s brutally good," enthused klopp, the bayern terror.
"The want was to trace, but the implementation has been missing," held bayern goalkeeper neuer. His 100. He will have bitter memories of his performance in the kings’ league because of the slip-up in the 0:1 loss.
Germany’s flagship soccer team needs a major personnel overhaul and a tactical overhaul after the bundesliga’s triple defeat to the english premier league. As a global player, FC bayern defines itself by its international performance: being a mere spectator in mid-march is something the bundesliga perennial contender last experienced in 2011. At the time, there was also an eighth-final knockout against inter milan.O. At home.
The management team around hoeneb and chairman karl-heinz rummenigge was now allowed to open the money store for even bigger transfers, even if an early exit against liverpool is not a disgrace. "We were eliminated against a top team. That must be said quite clearly," remarked neuer matter-of-factly.
It was not a disgraceful out – and yet an eye-opening one. "It wasn’t a class difference, but we just weren’t good enough to get ahead. It was too little internationally in the end," said hummels. Liverpool possessed more personality, more willpower and, in the decisive moments, more individual class – also evident in each of the three goals by sadio mane (2) and virgil van dijk.
Too many bayern pros have passed the zenith – not only ribery. The team rallied to a remarkable defensive performance in the 0-0 draw in the first leg. Over 180 minutes, however, there was a lack of conviction and movement in the attacking play. The 1:1 was an own goal by ex-schalker joel matip. Especially goalkeeper robert lewandowski had wished for more risk, more courage to attack. The center forward indirectly criticized the cautious tactics of the coach. "We didn’t have that many chances. That’s why we don’t have any arguments for getting ahead," said lewandowski.
Hummels missed "the very last conviction". Liverpool’s front pressing line was almost impossible to play through. "They did very well against the ball – klopp-like," praised former klopp pupil hummels. The question remains unanswered as to whether kovac can instill in a bayern ensemble that underwent radical changes in the summer a style of attacking football that will have an impact in europe.
Champions league in munich only again in september. The double option, meanwhile, gives kovac the prospect of a happy ending to a complicated first year in munich. "If we are successful in the two competitions we still have, we can still make a good season out of it," hummels summed up aptly.