Bayern Munich’s narrow victory over SV Rödinghausen helped them advance to the third round of the DFB Cup. Apart from the fact that they escaped a possible defeat and to have maintained their winning streak, the visitors are evidently not satisfied about their performance at the Bremer Brücke.
Niko Kovaç witnessed one of Bayern’s worst runs in the Bundesliga history from the sidelines a few weeks ago. Just when people started to question whether it’s a good idea to let him continue at the club, the Croatian led the team to four consecutive victories. But neither the coach nor the players seem to be happy about the team’s performance against the fourth-division side (FCBayern.com):
We’ve advanced, which is what we wanted. We did a good job until the second penalty. We let the ball do the work before that. We extended our lead and should have made it three, perhaps even four. But then the tide turned. We encouraged our opponents, we didn’t play as we had planned. They pulled one back after the break and we were on the tenterhooks towards the end. We made life difficult for ourselves. We had the chances but didn’t take them. We have to talk about our conversion.
As the whistle blows after every match, we can see a Bayern player staggering or limping across the sidelines. Injuries have become too mainstream in Munich these days. Thiago Alcantara is the latest one to have fallen prey to injuries. Kovaç said that the Spaniard’s injury doesn’t look good but we have to wait until further confirmation comes from the medical team:
We have to wait and see what happened. It doesn’t look good. Our numbers are dwindling. Now the ones still here are the ones playing.
The last time we saw Thomas Müller scoring a goal was back in the beginning of September, against VFB Stuttgart. He put an end to his own goal drought by successfully turning the given penalty into a goal in the 13th minute. Easing off against teams that they think are less threatening has always been Bayern’s fault. After conceding Meyer’s goal, the Bavarians were nervous and lost their stability. According to Müller, it is something that needs to be talked about:
We have advanced; everybody knows how we did it. Every player has to think about it. Our performance in the first 25 minutes was good but we eased off after the missed penalty. That isn’t our ambition. After the break and the goal we conceded we were nervous, our passes weren’t accurate enough. That mustn’t happen. Put it behind us and move on. But of course we must talk about it.
Rödinghausen coach Enrico Maaßen has everything to be proud of. His team did their best and literally made life miserable for the visitors. Even after the knockout, he was proud of his team’s performance against a relatively strong opponent like Bayern. They’re going out with heads held high:
I’m very, very proud, especially in the light of the two early goals. We wanted to win the second half and achieved it. We can be proud. Unfortunately we conceded both the goals from set-pieces. It’s annoying because we defended well from open play. We knew set-pieces would be dangerous. A huge compliment on the performance, we scored a goal, which was one of our aims. We fought for the result. Hats off to my team.
The hosts believed that they could turn the game around until the very last minute. Linus Meyer said that Bayern’s performance was very strong while appreciating his team’s effort throughout the match:
We wanted to be bold after half-time, but what Bayern did was very strong of course. But we too turned in a good display. We believed in it until the last minute.
The kid from Hamburg said that he is ecstatically happy to have scored against the best goalkeeper in the world. He commented that it was ‘a really incredible feeling’ (Kicker):
At first I didn’t know what I should do afterward. Than I ran to the curve — they were simply in ecstasy there.
Meyer’s self-confidence reflects in the statement he made after the game about how he is not different from players like Joshua Kimmich:
Even a Kimmich has just two legs and plays the ball with his feet — just like me.
Niko #Kovac: "We have every reason to be unhappy. We did well up until our second penalty, then it went downhill. We weren't incisive enough at times and made too many loose passes."#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/LQQefLzHiJ— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) October 31, 2018