FC Bayern Munich unstable in Bundesliga defeat in Gladbach

BPictures of the angry roaring Manuel Neuer have long since become an integral part of this Bundesliga season. The goalkeeper of Bayern Munich hates goals against. Even during the 3-2 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach he grumbled and scolded again full of passion, but the emotional state in which the Munich team left their second defeat of the season late on Friday evening seemed surprisingly tidy.

“It is part of football to suffer defeats,” said coach Hansi Flick. “Little things” decided this game, Mönchengladbach was “brutally efficient”. It just happens. Flick did not want to make a drama out of this defeat, which could, however, put the keepers of the famous Munich winner gene in a mood of alarm.

Because the fact that Bayern Munich loses a Bundesliga game after a 2-0 lead is a special rarity, an actually extinct phenomenon. The last time it happened ten years ago at 1. FC Köln, in the end, BVB were German champions with a clear lead. In Mönchengladbach, not even overcoming the much-discussed problem of the past few weeks had given Bayern Munich more stability. For the first time after eight Bundesliga games in which the record champions fell 0-1 behind, they had once again led early. But they did not develop stability from it.

And yet the Munich tried somehow to sell the course of the game as progress, which was surprising. After all, sporting failures of this kind have often led to internal unrest for the record champions. In Mönchengladbach, nobody wanted to be in principle, there were no wake-up calls, no outbursts of anger in front of cameras. Rather, Flick spoke of a “team-based performance” by FC Bayern, which he had seen “apart from three actions”. And as the coincidences of football sometimes want it: Exactly these three actions led to goals conceded.

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