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Did Bayern Munich send a spy to Mönchengladbach’s final training?

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Manuel Neuer may not have saved Bensebaini’s penalty, but he guessed the right direction. That might not have been coincidence, according to Gladbach’s “penalty whisperer.”

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Marco Rose revealed at the post-match press conference that Mönchengladbach has a “penalty whisperer” — to borrow Bild’s “Elfer-Flüsterer”: “From now on the second keeper always determines who takes penalties for us,” Rose said, grinning (Bild):

That man is Tobias Sippel, who told Bild how he came to pick Ramy Bensebaini:

We often practice penalties after training. I’ve had already 10 on goal from Ramy for sure and still have not saved one. He has an incredible shooting technique.

Gladbach’s young Algerian defender almost forgot it was his job.

I ran to Ramy on the pitch and reminded him that he should grab the ball. He had completely forgotten in all the chaos. We had said already after the Freiburg game [in which Breel Embolo missed a penalty] that he had to shoot the next penalty.

But Sippel revealed one other detail: he essentially claimed it was no coincidence that Manuel Neuer guessed the right direction in which to jump:

Ramy practiced penalty kicks on Thursday after training. A spy from Bayern had watched. But his shot was simply too good.

Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. But Bensebaini’s shot was unsavable; Sippel was at least right about that.