Bayern Munich was crushed by 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and midfielder Leon Goretzka admitted that the loss was “humbling.”
When asked to explain the loss and how having 10 days without playing a game might have affected the team, Goretzka spoke openly.
“There are many explanations. Losing 1-5 feels very humbling. Such games simply shouldn’t happen at FC Bayern,” Goretzka told ZDF sportstudio (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “(Not playing for 10 days) is certainly an answer, even though it cannot be used as an excuse. It’s very unusual for us not to play for ten days. We usually play every three days. We trained well. You couldn’t tell during training that we would fall into a hole. But with the kick-off (against Frankfurt) it certainly looked like it.”
Goretzka said that even in a game like that, his goal is to be a leader and he tried to keep uplifting the squad despite the awful showing.
“(Against Frankfurt) was a good negative example. You try to take control of the game, to give security through encouragement to your teammates who feel unsettled by mistakes. I couldn’t do that today. That has to be said very clearly. This is something I want to work on. This game reminded me of the Pokal game in Gladbach (0-5). Breaking this dynamic in such games is an interesting task. I failed at that today. And I want to do that better in the future,” Goretzka remarked.
Now, though, the 28-year-old knows that a hellacious week is ahead as the Bavarians prepare to face Manchester United in the Champions League and VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Goretzka knows that nothing will be easy about this week.
“That’s the beauty of football. Things go quickly. For us on Tuesday it’s about showing a reaction. That’s our focus now.nNow it’s time to regenerate for two days and show a different face on Tuesday and gain self-confidence,” the midfielder said.
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