Spirits were dampened when Bayern Munich trudged off the field the losers to TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. Several players said nothing at all. Thomas Müller remarked, in English, “Nothing to say,” adding “as the Englishman says” in German. Captain Manuel Neuer denied that Bayern was unmotivated (TZ)
The motivation was there. We can’t say that we weren’t motivated. We had everything in our hand, but that shows that nothing is handed to you, not even at home.
Niko Kovac was more direct:
We didn’t manage to bring the game we had on Tuesday onto the pitch. We didn’t do well especially in the second half and made too many mistakes in the second half. The victory is not undeserved for Hoffenheim.
We should have played the [offensive] scenarios to the end better; I would have liked to see more resolve.
Kovac bluntly assessed Corentin Tolisso’s ball loss leading to Hoffenheim’s opening goal and the subsequent goal:
Something like that cannot happen in this dangerous area; he simply has to pass the ball back to Manuel or Niklas. Then something like that doesn’t happen.
We score the 1-1, then open the game up again and shortly thereafter we concede another goal. That cannot happen.
The contrast between the dominant 7-2 victory over Tottenham and a lackadaisical loss at home displeased Kovac:
We apparently are not so far along to deliver this game [as against Tottenham] every four days. It annoys me that we didn’t take the euphoria, the good mood along with us.
Kovac praised Thomas Müller for his performance of the bench: “Thomas came and again introduced some impetus.”