The shock runs deep: the Champions League exit leaves its mark on FC Bayern

Updated on 04/13/2022 07:55

  • The end of the Champions League leaves those responsible at FC Bayern somewhat at a loss.
  • Coach Julian Nagelsmann comes into focus.
  • He is not afraid of the assessment of his first season at Bayern – which will end with a maximum of one title.

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The shock-off in the Champions League left at Julian Nagelsman Sense. The frustrated coach of the FC Bayern called the Ko against the supposed lucky lot FC Villarreal even as one of the most bitter defeats of his steep coaching career.

It is “certainly one of the top three,” admitted the coach of the German record champions, who was so often spoiled for success this season, after the 1-1 draw in the second leg of the quarter-finals on Tuesday evening against the Spanish Europa League winner.

Next chance for the title for Bayern is gone

After 0: 1 in the first leg a week ago missed the Munich thus getting into the semi-finals. Nagelsmann wanted to join them there Jurgen Klopps Liverpool FC measure, which after a 3-1 win over Benfica Lisbon has the best chance of making it into the last four.

But the long-awaited dream semi-final is gone – and with it the next chance for the title for the team that was voted one of the favorites after the thrilling group phase FC Bayern. After the crashing out in DFB Cup in October with the 0:5 at Borussia Mönchengladbach Munich can only win the championship.

No triple, no double – a single remains. In view of the nine-point lead over their permanent rival Borussia Dortmund, that shouldn’t go wrong anymore. But is that enough for proud FC Bayern?

That was “not sufficient” for the club’s claims, Nagelsmann answered the question himself. After all, the semi-finals in the premier class were “always a bit the minimum goal”.

As in the previous season, the quarter-finals are over again. At that time, however, it was the end of the line against the glamor squad of Paris Saint-Germain (2: 3, 1: 0) because of the away goals rule that was abolished for this season and personal weaknesses.

Kahn: “We will not burst into tears”

“Of course we were eliminated here in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That’s why we won’t burst into tears at Bayern,” said the CEO Oliver Kahn. “We have the opportunity again next year and we will attack again.”

Kahn protected the FC Bayern players after the end. “More commitment and will than the team has shown is hardly possible,” said the former world-class goalkeeper on Amazon Prime Video.

“I think you can’t really blame the team, they threw everything in.” Just not in the first leg as hoped.

world footballer Robert Lewandowski put the Munich team on course for victory on Tuesday evening in front of 70,000 spectators with his goal in the 52nd minute of the game. Substitute Samuel Chukwueze (88th) struck late for the previously harmless Europa League winner.

Offensive player Thomas Müller described the end as “extremely bitter”. “We played a committed game, played a good game.” However, they used Bavaria their chances, especially in the second half.

You have to put up with this accusation, said the international. “I don’t know exactly what to say about accepting the defeat,” admitted the perplexed Müller.

Nagelsmann: “I’m not afraid”

Nagelsmann didn’t seem helpless. But of course very depressed. The evaluation of his first season at Bayern depends “a bit” on how the championship is designed, said Nagelsmann.

He is not afraid of the media reaction and the assessment of his season. “But I’m not afraid, there are worse things,” emphasized the coach, who was hired by RB Leipzig for a record fee in the summer.

Nagelsmann wants to talk to the team about the end on Wednesday. You have to “let the impressions sink in” first, he said.

He did not want to accept open contract questions, for example with world footballer Lewandowski, as an excuse. “From my personal point of view, that would be too much of an alibi for me,” said Nagelsmann. He doesn’t want to blame anyone for the loss. (dpa/msc)

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