Status: 03.10.2023, 22:13 p.m.
By: Melanie Gottschalk
FC Bayern visit FC Copenhagen on Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. All voices and reactions from parking.
Copenhagen – After the 2-2 draw in the league against RB Leipzig at the weekend, FC Bayern continue with the Champions League. FC Copenhagen is waiting. The German record champions won the first group game 4-3, and they are also looking for a win in the second game.
FCB coach Thomas Tuchel will definitely have to do without Serge Gnabry in the Danish capital, who suffered a fractured forearm in the cup match against Preußen Münster. In addition, central defender Matthijs de Ligt (knee problems) will have to take a break for a few more days, according to sporting director Christoph Freund.
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FC Bayern will definitely go into the game as favourites, while Copenhagen, who lost 0-2 to FC Midtjylland at the weekend, will only play the role of underdog. We summarize the voices and reactions around the game here.
FC Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel will be back on the bench against Copenhagen. © ActionPictures/imago
Thomas Tuchel (coach FC Bayern) before the game on Amazon Prime about...
... on the line-up against Copenhagen: "We opted for Mazroui at right-back and Konny in midfield, as a double six against the ball and then Konny becomes a ten-man when we have the ball."
... the opponents from Copenhagen: "It's like always, Champions League, away, Copenhagen play as an underdog. They have a good mix of short build-up play and long balls, they try to get out of the short build-up play into the quick attacks. We have to be very diligent against the ball, they won't give it to us voluntarily. They are very dangerous in the fast switching game. But we want to have the ball, we want to get into the opponent's half and we want to attack freely and aggressively there, but at the same time we want to protect ourselves against the counterattacks."
... on Harry Kane's good form: "I'm not surprised because he's been doing this for ten years in the most difficult league in the world. He just does what he can, it's not artificial, it's not fake, it's just him. He's not at 100 percent yet, he says so himself. It's quite normal for him to get the very last fitness of the season. It gets even better."
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... the opponent's home strength: "As I said, they have a good mix of deep build-up play and quick transition play. Then they have the stadium, very narrow, very high, very steep and they really get into the atmosphere. They, of course, play the role of the underdog. You have to rebel against all that, that's always the case in the group stage. It's only the second matchday, all the dreams are still alive, everyone is still dreaming of progressing, everyone can still achieve anything. That's why, as always, it's a tough task."
... the quality of the lawn in the park: "Looks a bit better than it actually is, but it's not so bad that we have to make a big issue out of it."
Christoph Freund (sporting director FC Bayern) before the game on Amazon Prime about...
... on the return of Manuel Neuer: "Yes, things are looking good for Manuel, positively, he has already trained with the team two or three times now and has no problems. He's a bit cautious, of course, everyone is cautious because he's been out for a very long time now. That's why load control is so important. But it's looking good and if it continues like this for the next ten days, then we hope to see him back on the pitch soon. We'll see if it's enough for the next Champions League game, that would definitely be a nice story."
... Jerome Boateng: "I admit it's not a real Christoph Freund transfer, but it was a very special situation. A week ago today we had a Cup game and all three centre-backs were injured, plus fourth centre-back Tarek Buchmann has torn a muscle. So we wouldn't have had a central defender anymore. That's why we sat down as a team and thought about what we could do, what was best. Of course, there are not so many options at the end of September and that's how Jerome got on paper. We contacted him and wanted to check him out. We want to make a decision at the end of this week."
... the legal situation around Boateng: "The presumption of innocence applies and there is currently no trial underway. I don't want to get ahead of myself either, the current state of affairs is as it is and the presumption of innocence clearly applies. What is in three months, what is in four months... I am not a lawyer and I do not want to pre-empt any court. If there is a verdict, we will have to reassess the situation. Then it's a different situation than it is now."
... The criteria according to which a player is selected: "In the case of Boateng, we clearly had the need. What are we doing, we don't have a central defender anymore. We spoke to our medical department and discussed, how long will our centre-backs be out? What is a realistic forecast? The answer was not so good and came with certain risks. That's why we looked together to see what opportunities there would be on the market so that we could position ourselves more broadly for the coming months."
... Max Eberl: "We only talked about my area of responsibility. It's very exciting for me, it's an exciting time, I'm learning a lot and that's the state of affairs. We did not talk about other details. Whether a new sporting director will come is not important for my area of responsibility. It remains to be seen what will happen at FC Bayern in the next few months."
Miroslav Klose (pundit and former Bayern player) before the match on Amazon Prime about...
... Impact from Kane: "I think he does it absolutely better. From what I've seen so far, he's a fantastic player."
... Kane's mentality after a career without a title: "I think that's hugely important when you've not had anything tangible in your hands yet. It's comparable to me at the World Championships, second twice, third once. Then you are actually nothing, of course you want to hold something in your hand. Then this greed is there."
... Copenhagen: "I think they're really, really good. How they try to play football from behind. You can see a clear handwriting from the coach, which is really good. Extremely dangerous team."
... Manuel Neuer's comeback and his relevance: "Anyone who has ever played with Manuel Neuer knows he's an incredible goalkeeper. He's come back from a big injury before and he has the brutal attitude, you really have to say that. I'm convinced he'll come back."