- The players of Bayern cheer against Athens the converted penalty by Robert Lewandowski, as if it would be a very special goal – ever the game looks like a demonstration of cohesion.
- Most recently internals from the team came to the public, which fueled doubts about the mood in the team.
The ball lay in the net, the Torhymne began, the eternal melody of the White Stripes. Robert Lewandowski ran cheering towards the corner flag, as it had always been in recent years, but a trifle was different.
Who did not look at Lewandowski, who had just scored with a penalty the 1-0 against the harmless team of AEK Athens, but behind Thomas Müller, who saw a footballer who rowed excitedly with his arms, screaming and his teammates the way in the corner pointed, yes: ordered. And so they gradually acclaimed an ordinary goal, as if it were a special one: first Leon Goretzka and Müller, then Franck Ribéry, Jérôme Boateng and finally Mats Hummels. All together.
FC Bayern will play a football game on Saturday, as groundbreaking as last was rarely for the club. If the champion starts as third in the standings of the leader Borussia Dortmund, these 90 minutes could define the course of the season. It is about one or seven points behind Munich, it is about the self-image of the club, it may also be about the job security of coach Niko Kovac. Or?
The 2-0 in the Champions League against Athens on Wednesday, the game before the game, the Bayern used to make sure to stick together and at least to be able to play properly football. And just as it is about this glorious club, you could say: That's something. If there is not much more, that's okay. At least that's what President Uli Hoeneß said.
When Hoeneß had last spoken publicly, he had specially invited to the now famous press conference to – together with the Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – to insult journalists and critics and also the former Munich player Juan Bernat. Now he said that he was very sorry to insult Bernat, and Hoeneß praised the second half, which points to an uptrend after weeks of weak, unsettled football.
But above all, he said, "We're not going to Dortmund as favorites, but as outsiders, for the first time in a long time." Moreover, Bayern would not "go under" if he did not become German champion after six years. Hoeneß reasoned this: "We have a team that is in transition, a young coach who has to work here, you have to be a little bit patient." And at the latest since you had to wonder a little.