Bavaria wraps up championship – player quarrels

Bavaria wraps up championship - player quarrels

"After today, we certainly don’t have to talk about the championship anymore," said a totally frustrated bavarian sports director christian nerlinger after the perhaps decisive blow, adding: "of course, the criticism will come now and we’ll be under pressure."

This also applies to the head coach, who as a fubball sage was supposed to be a kind of bridge builder to a glorious future and now rather has to fear for his job. "When you’re a coach at FC bayern, you have to deal with situations like this, be calm and sovereign," said the 66-year-old, whom nerlinger plans to ask to talk to him: "at the appropriate time. I do not have to sell it." Toni kroos, who became an international under heynckes at leverkusen, doesn’t want a coach discussion: "hopefully there won’t be one now."

Heynckes, who previously spent two years with bayer 04, does not have much hope of regaining the top spot in the table after a bitter 90 minutes at his old stomping ground. On sunday he stood with the reservists on the training ground. The players used to complete their regeneration unit on mountain bikes with removed safety devices. The bowl is far away.

"You have to be realistic. Seven points is a lot of wood," said heynckes. Because borussia dortmund (2:1 against mainz) had used the bavaria’s advantage ice-cold in the saturday game. Leverkusen’s stefan kiebling (79.) and karim bellarabi (90.) had the first win against the industry giant since 28. August 2004 made perfect.

Like in freiburg (0:0), in hamburg (1:1) or at FC basel (0:1), the record champions deprived themselves of success – and probably also of their 23rd place – because of blatantly poor use of opportunities. Championship. "If you don’t take such high-caliber chances, it can backfire," said heynckes. Neither david alaba (2. Minute) nor arjen robben (13.), thomas muller (36.) or mario gomez (40.) could convert the best opportunities into goals.

That the bayern professionals jerome boateng and muller in the 29. The loud and tense clash of the two men at the end of the first minute fitted into the picture of a team that was anything but harmonious. "This is not bad at all. There has to be a bit of fire in the team," robben said about the near miss. While muller, like most of his colleagues, disappeared grouchily and without a word on saturday, boateng sourly commented on the dispute: "we’re not girls after all."

At a sponsor meeting on sunday, muller also refuted the idea. "We are both not resentful, it was not violent at all and already at half-time it was no longer an issue," stressed the world cup goalscoring king. "There was a lot of pressure on everyone involved, which sometimes leads to scenes like this. But there was nothing malicious about it." Heynckes also downplayed the matter: "it’s part of living emotions."

After the potentially momentous slip-up – the first time since BVB won the title in 1995 and 1996 that FC bayern had gone two years in a row without a championship crown – the feeling of disappointment prevailed. "That’s just slice," chided franck ribery, who was uberragend against schalke (2-0) last time out and was only substituted in the second half due to a thigh contusion. "Last week everyone was happy, now our head is broken," said the dejected frenchman.

"We’re in a very difficult situation and now we have to deal with ourselves," robben demanded after the botched start to the fateful month of march. Finally, it goes for the bayern in the eighth-final of the champions league against the FC basel (13.3.) and in the cup semifinals at borussia monchengladbach (21.3.) now for all or nothing. Robben: "these are still two very rough targets."

But first the people of munich have to work through their frustration. "It hurts a lot. It’s not going well," said captain philipp lahm. "Very bitter."Bayern must now change direction in the bundesliga and secure champions league spot. "We were not allowed to look at dortmund. For us, our priority must be to finish second," said kroos. After all, the heynckes ensemble also has to play BVB in mid-april.

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