For a brief hug and a few whispered words with Franck Ribéry, Mats Hummels interrupted the relentless analysis of the Dortmund debacle.
The former Bayern colleagues greeted warmly in the belly of the Munich Arena. After that, the replacement captain of BVB continued his clear text speech in a loud voice.
"It's a sign for us that we ourselves are not a top troupe," said Hummels after the 0: 4 of his Borussia in Munich. "We can be one on our good days. But an absolute top team is also on the bad days. So far we have been able to retrieve this rarely, especially abroad. "
In the first half rescued by Joachim Löw and not reactivated in the current DFB defense emergency Hummels before the eyes of the national coach in great distress. In the end, the 2014 World Champion lost an own goal to the final score. In advance, BVB manager Michael Zorc called for "men's football". Den showed only the Munich. The Borussia acted against it – as so often in the Allianz Arena – like an intimidated junior force.
"From the 15th minute it was nothing more from us, because we were the clearly defeated team. Bayern was better in all respects and deserved to win, possibly even in height. But frankly I'm not sure whether it was too high or not, "said Hummels, who returned to Borussia in Munich three years later this summer. "We were definitely not good enough to survive here." The 0: 4 made sure that the Munich pushed the BVB in the table from the Champions League seats.
Coach Lucien Favre kept shaking his head as he tried to explain the next Watschn in Munich. "We were clearly not there. A very, very weak performance », quarreled the Swiss and seemed at a loss. "It has been seen: it was far too little, too little." Jadon Sancho, who was in need of muscular problems, retired after only 36 minutes. Was he hurt? The Dortmund coach continued shaking his head. "He just was not good enough, he was not hurt," the stunned Favre said.
In the second half, the 62-year-old coach took full risk by taking Paco Alcácer and Marco Reus. It did not help. Reus did the job also not good health. The captain had on Sunday cancel his participation in the European Championship qualifiers of the national team against Belarus and Northern Ireland because of persistent ankle problems.
Reus and Hummels can thus go forward in the international break, even if the sixth lush league defeat in Munich at the time with 3:26 gates worked up. Hummels missed his team above all the "holding against" in the duels: "Opposite, if the enemy is physically fully there." That would only change if the BVB professionals in the future "a little tougher against themselves".
One could almost get the impression that Hummels would rather have been in the Munich cabin. Especially since the departure of Niko Kovac now the former world champion companion Flick has the shots. Guest was there on Saturday the long-time Munich wing star Ribery. The adopted in the summer of Bayern Frenchman now plays for Fiorentina. There he has to take a break after a red card suspension – and took the break to a detour to Munich. And saw there what happened in the Bundesliga last when Dortmund came: A clear victory of his beloved Bayern.