News : FC Bayern in the Champions League: Grotesque defeat – sport
This weather! When Hasan Salihamidzic stepped in front of the microphones before the game started, so as not to say anything about the future of coach Hansi Flick, it snowed on his trench coat, which may have come from the closet of his former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. Was this weather a good omen because you probably know more about winter sports in Munich than in Paris? Or you had to worry because Bayern had recently played two very unpleasant games in the snowstorm – after a wild sleigh ride against Bielefeld it was just enough to a 3: 3, at the second division in Kiel the Bavarians even flew out of the DFB Cup.
When Munich and their current quarter-final opponent Paris Saint-Germain met for the last time, the light sweater was enough in the finest Portuguese summer evening breeze, and after winning the final, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and coach Flick sat in the semi-darkness near the center circle and drank beer. This time they would have caught several colds while sitting, but it wasn’t an evening that called for a celebratory beer.
Although he started exactly like this: after one minute and 28 seconds, Bayern’s left-back Lucas Hernandez shot into the side netting, after one minute and 55 seconds, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the representative of the injured Robert Lewandowski, hit the crossbar with his head. Yes, of course, that’s how a Champions League winner starts who wants to impress the loser from August right away.
After two minutes and 31 seconds it was 1-0 for Paris. It was a goal that was a bit unworthy of a Champions League winner: Bayern were absurdly outnumbered, but while Kimmich, Alaba and Goretzka chased the Brazilian Neymar, Süle backed away from him – Neymar had enough time to defeat the other World star in the PSG team, Kylian Mbappé, to be found.
And Mbappé? He’s already seen a lot, but probably not yet: Manuel Neuer made something like a mistake. The ball slipped, slipped (or slipped?) Through his legs. Paris led. And they actually led to the end: Bayern lost a turbulent first leg 2: 3, they were clearly superior, stormed a lot, but squandered their chances as if they were the national team. And they defended far too flawedly in the crucial moments.
With 2: 0, 3: 1 or 4: 3, Munich must now win in Paris if they want to go through without extra time and penalty shoot-outs, and Hansi Flick began the development program immediately after the final whistle. One could “look positively to Paris,” he said, “the way the team played football was great. With the chances we had, we could have achieved a good result despite the three goals we conceded.” Thomas Müller meant the same thing, he said it like this: “If this turns out 5: 3 or 6: 3, nobody can complain”.
At the end of August, in the Champions League final, Neuer held everything, the Parisians were spectacularly desperate. It was 0-0 at halftime, and now this snowy April evening in Fröttmaning made fun of performing the complete opposite of what it was then. A screeching first half developed, each scene attached importance to be even more turbulent than the scene before it. Julian Draxler, who appeared a bit surprisingly in the French starting line-up, cheered over the goal to make it 2-0 (12th), but he was a tiny bit offside. Before that, Müller had a good chance for Bayern (10th), followed by opportunities for Goretzka (19th) and Pavard (20th), but Paris goalkeeper Keylor Navas had swapped roles with Neuer. He kept everything.
Worrying, ironic intermediate result
Even without Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, who had Covid, Bayern now played in phases like the reigning Champions League winner, they now showed their usual Hansi Flick football. They attacked early and gave the French little air to breathe, in technical language they say that there is now a goal in the air.
That was true, but this evening kept a mind of its own. The ball was back in Munich’s goal shortly afterwards. After a PSG corner, Choupo-Moting cleared with a head, Bayern’s defense moved forward in a closed formation, but Neymar found his cross exactly the Teammate who was not offside. Marquinhos, although defender, finished as ice-cold. In the final in Lisbon he failed shortly before the end to Neuer.
The scoreboard read: Bayern 0, Paris 2 – a questionable but ironic intermediate result in view of the away goal rule. That brutal efficiency that usually distinguishes Bayern had changed sides, at least for this evening – only PSG was merciless at first. After all, Bayern came to the overdue connection goal shortly afterwards: Choupo-Moting nodded Pavard’s cross to make it 1: 2 into the net (37th).
But that’s not it yet, as Uli Hoeneß would say: This grotesque first half also included three substitutions, Marquinhos, Goretzka and Süle left the pitch battered. With the Bavarians came Davies and Boateng; Alaba slipped into Goretzka’s place in midfield, Hernandez moved into central defense, Davies took over his favorite role on the left back.
The second half was now under extreme pressure, she wanted to keep up with the first half and she tried hard. The game was very entertaining, but far too wild for Bayern standards. Despite excellent offensive moments, the Munich team never managed to exude control and calm, defensively they remained vulnerable.
Small excerpt: Davies prevents a higher deficit on the line (52nd), a minute later Alaba and Pavard fail on this new one named Navas. Shortly afterwards, the Costa Rican was defeated in goal, after Kimmich’s free kick, Müller put the passion of all his Bayern years in a header – the deserved equalization after an hour (60th). But now the Champions League winner would …? He wouldn’t. Eight minutes later, Paris was leading again – Di Maria made it through midfield far too easily, Mbappé delayed the shot and hit Boateng’s legs.
Choupo-Moting, Alaba, Müller, they all had great chances, but it stayed that way: Bayern will have to play against a defeat in Paris on Tuesday. And the 31 shots on goal from the first leg will not help them.