Last Wednesday was an absolute disaster for Bayern Munich as they suffered one of their biggest defeats in club history, and were once again eliminated in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. Thomas Müller had a disappointing match as all his teammates on Wednesday. The Bayern veteran has now given insights on how the emotions throughout the match.
The 2014 World Cup winner told all in his personal monthly mail newsletter. Müller didn’t think negatively after Gladbach’s first strike just 76 seconds in and saw no reason to panic. But after 2-0 just 15 minutes in, the German knew something was going wrong and the team needed to make adjustments to get back into the game.
Borussia Monchengladbach knock Bayern Munich out of the DFB Pokal in the second round pic.twitter.com/hD6SYDXzrZ— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 27, 2021
Unfortunately, there are no timeouts in football, but Müller was able to have brief contact with the coaching team. The team felt an immediate urge to equalize the goals again, but there was still 75 minutes, with no need to take an extreme risk. But when Bayern conceded a third to make it 3-0 after just 20 minutes, Müller and Bayern knew the challenge would be immense.
Müller realized if they scored at least one goal before the break, the game would open up and they could work on getting just two in the second half, which wasn’t unreasonable to imagine. Of course, Bayern didn’t get that goal and things didn’t go any better after half either.
“Ultimately, we never had an answer to the excellent Gladbach team in the second half either. We had a very weak day as a collective and individually. Nothing at all worked on the offensive either, the last time that happened at the beginning of 2020. Despite all our experience and class, we were unable to counter the momentum. I’ve never experienced a situation like this before,” said Müller on the historic defeat.
Müller and the rest of the team will surely remember that defeat for many years to come, and there are certainly some learning experiences they will take away from it. Müller bounced back for an outstanding performance against Union Berlin with one goal and three assists, and Bayern Munich are still hungry for silverware this season. Despite the cup loss, Bayern remain among the favorites to win the Bundesliga title and even the Champions League. Come back stronger boys!