Update — November 2nd, 6:30AM EDT: Müller apologizes to fans via IG
Thomas Müller took to Instagram to directly apologize to fans after many Bayern Munich players departed the field without acknowledging them after a 2-1 defeat to Saarbrücken in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday:
[@esmullert] A tough defeat for us tonight. It’s difficult to swallow it and focus on Saturday right now. I want to apologize to our fans for the team behavior after the match. We should stay together and show some respect for you guys
Maybe the Klassiker is the perfect matchup to get the things right !
#zusammenhalten #eigenehaustür #wahnsinn #traurigestor
Bayern Munich finds itself on the receiving end of an embarrassment: the Cupset of the season, a last-minute stoppage time goal sending them out of the DFB-Pokal at the hands of third-tier side FC Saarbrücken.
But it is what happened after the match that has annoyed veteran Bayern star Thomas Müller the most. Müller was seen actively engaged in deep discussions with a visiting contingent of Bayern fans, alongside several of his Bayern teammates who also joined in. Most of the squad, however, had already departed for the tunnels.
Thomas Müller talking to Bayern Ultras - you know that the Scheisse has hit the fan. pic.twitter.com/sFccL6t6Ef— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) November 1, 2023
According to @iMiaSanMia it was only Müller, Leroy Sané, Mathys Tel, Bouna Sarr among the senior players who stayed to thank the traveling Bayern fans after the match; youth players Lovro Zvonarek and Taichi Fukui came from the bench. Müller expressed afterward that this was not good enough.
“Logically, as is so often the case, the fans care more about just the result and the game,” Müller explained per Sky Sport, perhaps giving insight into what was discussed. “In football you can lose a game. I have to agree with the fans. What’s not acceptable at all is that only three or four players end up understanding how to respect the supporters.
“The guys were here, traveled to the away game and supported us. The least you can do is to give something back. And it’s not about applauding 100 times and singing any songs, it’s about showing respect. We also discussed this once in the dressing room. We will show a different face in the future. Of course it’s unacceptable.”
As for the result? Müller is not about to point fingers, either. As one of the team captains, he set the tone by taking responsibility.
“If we are thrown out in Saarbrücken, we players don’t have to blame anyone other than ourselves,” he said simply after the match, as captured by Sport1 journalist Kerry Hau.
The players who went to the away fans after the game pic.twitter.com/H28Gg200Wk— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 1, 2023
As always, we appreciate all the support.