What the players had to say after the press conference of the Bayern bosses sounded dodgy and agreed. Almost everyone denied themselves a statement. Only one admitted that he found the rumbling helpful.
Mats Hummels had no desire for this last duel of the day. “I’m not saying anything about that,” said the defender of FC Bayern Munich, when he was asked for a few words at the press conference of the Bayern bosses. Of course, he was also asked whether the verbal rumbling of the club management had any influence on the away game in Wolfsburg. “Nothing changes for me personally,” said Hummels.
The day after the angry words of CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and President Uli Hoeneß was of course not a normal one. Almost all players of FC Bayern Munich were confronted with questions as to whether the recent sporting lean period had been considered with too much disrespectful reporting. And almost all respondents denied themselves after the 3:1 (1:0) VfL a statement on it.
“It is important for us that we do not always express our opinion to the outside world – even if we do,” said Thomas Müller. He had been absent again in the starting eleven and had also not been substituted. This could not change his good mood. After all, the athletic task in Wolfsburg had been done perfectly, he said.
Three days before their next appearance in the Champions League at AEK Athens, the Munich team showed off their skills with aplomb. And that despite the fact that they had to outnumber the majority of the half after being sent off by Arjen Robben.
Arjen Robben Honours
- Eredivisie: 2002–03
- Johan Cruyff Shield: 2003
- Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06
- FA Cup: 2006–07
- Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07
- FA Community Shield: 2005
- La Liga: 2007–08
- Supercopa de España: 2008
- Bundesliga: 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- DFB-Pokal: 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
- UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
- UEFA Super Cup: 2013
The punishment in the 57th minute was followed by one of the few phases in the game in which VfL Wolfsburg came close to winning a point. Coach Bruno Labbadia was annoyed that it was only enough for Wout Weghorst to win 1:2 (63.) in the meantime: “We were invited to take one point with us”. But an outstanding Robert Lewandowski scored two goals himself (30th and 49th minute) and delivered a template for the third goal by James Rodríguez (72nd). All in all, FC Bayern have returned to a sporting normality that they lost after four games without a win.
But was there a connection between the press conference on Friday and the working day on Saturday? Whatever the players had to say about it sounded evasive to discussed. Only one admitted that he found what Rummenigge and Hoeneß had to say helpful. “It’s a great sign that the club is standing in front of its players and protecting their players,” said defender Joshua Kimmich in an interview with Sky. It was important for the emotional world of the players that “we stand together”.
Coach Niko Kovac found that the match in Wolfsburg had been under a lot of pressure. For sporting reasons? Or because Rummenigge and Hoeneß had spoken so vehemently? “I am responsible for sport. For football, for my team”, Kovac said at the press conference after the end of the match. For him, the sporting aspect was decisive. He considered the rest to be unimportant. Players that are looking for a fun-filled gaming experience Butlers Bingo is the perfect portal to join in.