Es only a few FC Bayern fans were allowed on the stands. But they were high-ranking and applauded the players very loudly when they raised the DFB Cup late Saturday evening in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
The club leadership around honorary president Uli Hoeneß, club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and board member Oliver Kahn had risen from their seats and cheered the 4: 2 (2: 0) of the German football champions against Bayer Leverkusen. It was the club’s 20th victory in the competition. And the 13th “double” of the club. Hans-Dieter “Hansi” Flick is the first Bundesliga coach to take over a team during one season and then win the championship and cup.
Bayer 27 years without a title
Leverkusen also missed this chance to win a title, the club has not won a trophy in 27 years. So it is fitting that the club has had the “Vizekusen” brand protected by the German Patent and Trademark Office for another ten years.
Because of the Corona pandemic, it was the first “ghost final”, the Olympic Stadium had to remain almost empty. Leverkusen’s coach Peter Bosz initially did without Kevin Volland and let play without a “real” striker. At Bayern, national defender Niklas Süle was back in the squad for the first time since his cruciate ligament rupture in October 2019.
Flick relied on the same starting eleven as in the 4-2 in Leverkusen in the Bundesliga four weeks ago, leaving midfield star Thiago, who had recovered from an injury, outside. The Spaniard is about to move to Liverpool.
At Bayer there were three changes compared to that game. The Bavarian courted Kai Havertz had missed the two league games against the champions, he now played in the final. “We came up with a way of playing with which we can beat Bayern,” said Bosz before the game. But his plan didn’t work.
The Munich team were the dominant team from the start. One of the best Bavarians was Thomas Müller, he was involved in most of the attacks. For the world champion, it was the eighth appearance in a DFB Cup final, he caught up with record holder Franck Ribery. David Alaba shot Bayern into the lead with a free kick from the edge of the box (16.), Serge Gnabry scored Joshua Kimmich after a clever pass to 2: 0 (24.). It was Alaba’s first goal in a DFB Cup final.
Praise from Schweinsteiger
Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who defeated Bayern with Eintracht Frankfurt in the final in 2018, had said before the game: “We don’t need a miracle, just a good day.” But Leverkusen was not consistent enough on the defensive and often too imprecise on the offensive . “Bayern deserve to lead. They punished Leverkusen for the mistakes, ”said Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger during the half-time break on ARD. “For me Alaba is the best player on the pitch. He has developed very well as a central defender. ”
National coach Joachim Löw, who also sat in the stands, said: “The players are very concentrated. Alaba plays at the highest level, the whole Bayern defensive makes it very good. ”Alaba is reportedly being wooed by top international clubs; the Austrian has not yet extended his contract with Bayern that is valid until June 30, 2021. “I would immediately renew with him. He is one of the top three central defenders in Europe for me, ”emphasized Schweinsteiger.
Bosz then brought Volland into the game in the second half. But his team could rarely upset the sovereign Bayern, Robert Lewandowski scored 3-0 (59th), Hradecky should have kept this shot. Sven Bender headed the 1: 3 for Leverkusen (64.). Lewandowski then scored again (88th), Havertz scored the 2: 4 in added time with a penalty.
The national season is now over for Bayern and Leverkusen. Monday the Munich players meet again in the club headquarters on Säbener Straße, among other things, sponsor appointments are on the agenda. Then the stars say goodbye to their vacation. “Everything is planned. I think I have time to switch off one or two days. This is also important for a trainer, even if it is not easy, ”said Flick.
At the beginning of August the Champions League continued, in the second leg of the round of 16 the record champions met Chelsea FC (first leg 3-0). The finals of the premier class are scheduled to rise on August 23. The games are to be played in Portugal.
The Bavarians use the break until the premier class starts again for a special tour abroad. Actually they would have traveled to China in the summer, it should be a mixture of training camp and PR tour. The club is now organizing this tour virtually. It is a pilot project in world football.
The tour runs from July 25th to August 2nd and is intended to give fans the opportunity to experience the preparation of the team in real time. Part of the tour are digital signing sessions with the players. Bayern will also play a friendly match – real, not virtual.
Club boss Rummenigge said that the tour was intended to live and consolidate the “worldwide cohesion of the FC Bayern family, especially in the time of Corona”. With over 290,000 members, FC Bayern is the largest club in the world. The team has been traveling to the USA and Asia alternately for years in the summer.
The Leverkusen team have another opportunity to end their title slump at the Europa League final tournament in August. “We don’t have to hide from any team,” said sports director Simon Rolfes.