Munich (dpa) – Thomas Müller moaned as if he had just missed his eighth DFB Cup final with FC Bayern since 2010.
“All in all, it was one of the most pomadic semifinals that I remember so well,” the Bavarian grumbled after the shaky 2-1 (1-0) against Eintracht Frankfurt, with which the 19-time record winner in his 24th cup final moved in.
For the proud and disappointed Eintracht coach Adi Hütter, the Munich ghost game specialists proved to be “beatable” at least in the second half of the game, which should also spur Bayer Leverkusen on for the fight for the national “pot” on July 4th (probably) spectator-free Berlin Olympic Stadium.
Müller’s seemingly endless list of shortcomings threatened to almost explode ARD’s broadcast time in front of the TV camera late Wednesday evening. “We were pomad, tired, slack from the last few weeks. Unfortunately, that got worse in the second half. We were unclean in our game as we are not used to. Our pressing could not be called that for long stretches I feel anything but satisfied, “criticized the 30-year-old.
After all, after the 1-1 draw from Frankfurt’s Danny da Costa in the 69th minute, “got the extra gas out” in order to save the 45th season goal of Robert Lewandowski (74th) and an impending extra time and the possible knockout to escape. “We were very close to a sensation,” said Hütter.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick preferred to criticize his former employer DFB for what he considered to be the “unfortunate” start of the “cup fight” between the Bundesliga top matches in Leverkusen and against Borussia Mönchengladbach this Saturday. “Especially after the restart, every team has a lot of games in their bones. You can tell that. We have injured, battered and suspended players,” the coach groaned with the most exclusive squad in the league.
In anticipation of his first cup final as a coach and the almost fairytale prospect of his lightning coronation as a double coach just seven months after his promotion from Niko Kovac’s assistant to the head of Müller and Co., Flick’s analysis of the 90 minutes dominated but thanks to his team.
“I just have to give my team a huge praise because they will perform excellently this year 2020. We have a huge run, so you can just accept the second half,” he said mildly. Munich have won 20 of their last 21 competitive matches, plus 0-0 against RB Leipzig.
Müller’s massive self-criticism basically only documented the high standards that the insatiable Munich trophy hunters set for themselves. Flick was impressed by the way his team got up after the chances for opportunity in the first half, when overwhelmed Frankfurt had to be at least 0: 3 behind. “It was important to us that we braced ourselves after the 1-1 draw and put another goal on top”, Flick commented on the unique will to win.
Then he focused on the final sprint of this complicated corona season. The triple word did not fall on Wednesday evening, but the 30th championship and the 20th DFB Cup victory and thus the 13th double of the club’s history are entered in the specifications.
Ideally, the eighth league title could be made permanent against Gladbach – but without the yellow-blocked Lewandowski and Müller. But Flick’s calculation is different four laps before the end: “We still need two victories, we want to take them as quickly as possible.” He also no longer doubts about winning the title.
After that, fans in Germany can look forward to a cup final that, according to Flick, could be a festive evening even in the unloved ghost format. “Bayer is a team that plays very nice football, so the neutral spectators can certainly look forward to a nice game,” said Flick.
He would like the Olympic Stadium, which has more than 70,000 spectators, to be at least partially filled in the course of the positive development of the corona infection numbers. “If it were, it would be nice, of course,” said Flick cautiously – but without real belief: “I do not know if it can already be that there may be spectators in Berlin. I can hardly imagine it. “
The pompous miller promised that pomadige Bayern, no one in Berlin should prepare with or without an audience – especially not the challenger in the final. “With Leverkusen, there is an opponent on the pitch who has great skills,” said Müller. “But we showed a fragrance brand over the weekend,” he recalled the strong 4-2 win over league points: “We want to show that again in Berlin.”