Sunday, December 01, 2019
By Elisabeth Schlammerl, Munich
Bayern conduct over Bayer Leverkusen excessive Usury. Thus, it is once again after a gala appearance in the Champions League defeat in the Bundesliga. But that is not a bad omen for interim coach Hansi Flick.
On the way to the cold Munich night Thomas Müller struck one last hook. Not with desire and commitment, however, rather out of sense of duty. "Only short," said the offensive player of Bayern therefore. It did get a bit longer, though he did not know the answers to the most pressing question of the evening. In the shower, revealed Müller, he and his teammates had just "back and forth discussed" about this, as the Munich called, "extreme, almost unprecedented inefficiency" in the 1: 2 against Bayer Leverkusen on 13 Matchday Bundesliga. Sounds historical, and it was somehow. Too often the Werkself had appeared too timid and respectful. And so the last defeat of Bayern against the Rhinelander in their own stadium is already seven years back – and that was just the only one in the Bundesliga in the past three decades. Bayer acted quite differently this time, but courage alone would not have been enough for three times against the rebuilt under coach Hansi Flick Bayern. Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was in dire need of saving at least as many times as he was able to score. In addition the record master forgave twice after counterattack. Lewandowski experiences earthly evening Thomas Müller ended his goalless series after 1360 minutes. (Photo: imago images / Sven Simon) And Robert Lewandowski, who was four and a half up in the air after his four goals against Red Star Belgrade four days earlier, had a very earthly evening – his weekly goalscoring rate had apparently already been fulfilled in the Champions League , The chances that the Munich played out should have been enough to win three games. "To be negligent" one dealt with it, criticized Flick. The only Munich player to meet tonight was Müller – after scoreless 1360 minutes he ended his personal inefficiency phase (33 '). But "I would have liked to save that today" – if everyone else had used up their chances. "Sometimes football is crazy," said Müller. But also a bit predictable. The Bayern did not play bad, especially in the second half dominated, but sometimes lacked the wit and the pace of the past four weeks. They made a few mistakes that had not happened recently. "Not a good backup," admitted Leon Goretzka, if you had the conceding of Leon Bailey (10th and 34th minute) had. Leverkusen was mentally faster, then met once Benjamin Pavard and Javier Martinez once a wrong decision and thus had no chance against the fast-paced Jamaican Bailey. "The vote was not quite right," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. At the end of the exhausting game it was only a struggle for survival in the Munich Arena, which they won with "a pinch of luck", as Kevin Volland, the Oberbayer in the service of Bayer, won. No bad omen for Hansi Flick it was the first defeat with Bayern. (Photo: imago images / Sven Simon) Almost two months ago, Munich had suffered a defeat after a peat festival in the Champions League. At that time they lost four days after the 7: 2 against last year's premier class Tottenham Hotspur against TSG Hoffenheim in their own stadium, also 1: 2 – the beginning of the end for Niko Kovac. In no case, the Bayern now want to raise a discussion about Flick, whether the four victories with 16: 0 goals under Flick might just a short Aufbäumen, the magic of the change of coach again could have flown away. "Much good" had the game of Munich, "otherwise you do not come to the scoring opportunities," said Müller. In fact, the appearance against Leverkusen is not compared to the beginning of October against Hoffenheim, that time was unthinkable, on Saturday especially luckless and may be explained with lack of concentration before the gate. At any rate, defeat is not a bad omen. After the last home defeat against Leverkusen Bayern lost only one game that season – and brought in the end of the triple.