Is Juan Bernat screwing up the triple for Munich? It would be a bitter punchline, as ex-President Hoeneß once badly criticized the defense attorney. Stefan Effenberg is certain: Bernat has the statements in the back of his head.
Uli Hoeneß didn’t leave his former protégé happy. The Bayern patron rumbled that Juan Bernat had played a “shit”. In Seville, the then Munich defender was “solely responsible for the fact that we were almost eliminated,” as Hoeneß claimed. And anyway it is clear: “The weal and woe of FC Bayern does not depend on Juan Bernat!”
Hoeneß later apologized for this abuse at the legendary press conference in autumn 2018. When the former professional of the German soccer record champions meet again in the Champions League final against Bernat’s new team Paris Saint-Germain, however, this episode provides plenty of extra spice.
Bayern legend Stefan Effenberg: “The focus in the final will of course be on winning this trophy – but he certainly has Uli Hoeneß’s statement in the back of his mind.” (Source: Revierfoto / imago images)
“The move to Paris led to an explosion of performance for Juan Bernat. He developed brilliantly,” says Bayern legend and t-online.de columnist Stefan Effenberg: “The focus in the final will of course be on this one for him To win the trophy – he certainly has Uli Hoeneß’s statement in the back of his head. After all, it didn’t come from anyone and made headlines around the world. Bernat now has the chance to refute the statement – that makes for a certain explosiveness in this direct duel . “
Bernat as a guarantee of success and Bundesliga fright
Does Hoeneß also remember the sentences from back then when he watched the big final as Munich guest of honor on Sunday (9 p.m. / ZDF, Sky and DAZN and in the live ticker on t-online.de) in the Estádio da Luz? For example, the fact that Bernat was transferred to Paris in the summer of 2018 “because it cost us almost the entire Champions League”. The fact that the now 27-year-old could screw up the big triple coup for Munich as an opponent would be a bitter punchline for Bayern.
In addition to the superstars around 222 million professional Neymar and world champion Kylian Mbappé, Bernat is also one of the success factors in the team of coach Thomas Tuchel – and a Bundesliga shock! As a regular on the left side of defense, he headed RB Leipzig in the semi-finals with the third goal at 3-0. The Spaniard had previously scored against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16. “We deserved this final,” said Bernat after the victory over Leipzig, when he did not yet know the attractive final opponent.
“I was raised to always be polite”
Unlike many times before, the PSG selection has so far bribed at the Corona tournament with team football, to which the superstars also subordinate. “I’ve seen a team that is hungry to win,” praised Tuchel. This also includes supposedly inconspicuous professionals such as the ex-Schalke Thilo Kehrer or Bernat, who was sent away from Munich, in the two outer positions in the defense chain.
By the way, no verbal tip is to be expected from Bernat before seeing his former colleagues again. The national player had not countered immediately after the Hoeneß rage. “I was brought up to always be polite. I will also be that towards Bayern and the fans,” he said at the time. A very late response to his ex-president’s statements could follow on Sunday.