Neither Bayern Munich’s players nor its coach will use the injuries and illnesses the club has sustained in recent weeks as an excuse. Instead, Manuel Neuer and his clubmates will think about what could have been.
“It wasn’t just about today. The 1-0 win is deserved, but last week’s result wasn’t good,” Neuer said (as captured by FCBayern.com). “It’s annoying, especially when you look at the first game where we missed a lot of chances and conceded too many goals. It’s difficult when you play against such a great team. We still had a top team on the pitch that gave everything.”
Neuer also said Bayern Munich’s roster is a bit worn down from its rigorous schedule.
“It is, of course, the case that we are a bit on our last legs,” Neuer said (as captured by Tz). “The players who were on the pitch gave everything.”
Neuer is absolutely correct in his assessment that the players gave everything — and that they were on their last legs. The calendar year has been extremely hard on the roster physically and mentally.
To add to that aforementioned mental fatigue, Neuer was yet another Bayern Munich player to had to answer questions about the future of Hansi Flick.
“Everyone saw how we played and that it wasn’t negative,” Neuer said (as captured by Tz). “The chances are good that we’ll be German champions, so we’re looking at everything positively.”