Status: 10.12.2023, 17:29 PM
By: Christoph Klaucke
Even before the bankruptcy in Frankfurt, Thomas Müller sensed adversity. His warning to his colleagues at FC Bayern did not have the desired effect.
Munich – FC Bayern had probably imagined their return to the pitch differently...
1:5 in Frankfurt! The serial champion came under the wheels at Eintracht. Thomas Müller obviously had a bad premonition, but his warning to his teammates did not go down well with everyone and backfired in the end.
|Sep 13, 1989 (34 years old) in Weilheim
|30. June 2024
|12 million euros
Bayern leader Thomas Müller puts finger in the wound after Frankfurt bankruptcy
The FCB players had a full nine-day break before the next competitive game after the tired clean sheet in the Champions League against Copenhagen. The home game against Union Berlin fell victim to Munich's snow chaos. On Saturday afternoon, the game continued with the away game in Frankfurt. The result was devastating: after the 1-5 defeat, the international press took FC Bayern apart.
Thomas Müller also put his finger in the wound after the final whistle. "Frankfurt were very effective, in the first half hour they kind of took the edge off us. Then, of course, it becomes clear," the original Bavarian tried to explain himself. "Losing 5-1, there has to be a reaction, the anger engine has to go on," demanded Müller, who was the only professional to turn himself in after the embarrassment in the Sky interview.
Thomas Müller was unable to prevent Bayern's defeat in Frankfurt despite his premonition. © Jürgen Kessler/Imago
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It seemed as if the Bayern stars underestimated the in-form opponent and did not go to work with the necessary concentration. Müller had warned his colleagues before the "highly exciting phase of the season" at the beginning of the week. "Not because the prizes are currently being distributed. But because the constellation holds more danger than some people believe," the 34-year-old wrote in his newsletter.
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"You may be familiar with the situation: the holidays are approaching, some of the suitcases are already packed, but at the same time everyday life goes on in full swing. For us, it's all about the bare points in the championship," explained Müller, who is apparently on the verge of a contract extension at FC Bayern. "If we get the thing in the end, no one will remember that time. But I know from experience that we now have to mobilise all our forces again to finally get to the top of the table."
Hibernation instead of rock 'n' roll: FC Bayern goes under despite Müller's appeal
The record champions can take off their make-up at the top of the table for the time being after the defeat in Frankfurt. League leaders Bayer Leverkusen are already three points ahead of Bayern ahead of the top-of-the-table clash against third-placed VfB Stuttgart – with just two games left until Christmas. Mülleronce again called for "rock 'n' roll", the autumn championship was the clear goal.
But Müller's appeal failed to have any effect, and the opposite occurred. Although the FCB leader, who was only substituted in the middle of the second half in Frankfurt, wanted to intervene if necessary.
- Bundesliga: 11 appearances (4 starts, 353 minutes); 1 goal, 4 assists
- Champions League: 4 appearances (156 minutes); 1 Template
- DFB-Pokal: 1 appearance (1 start, 90 minutes); 1 goal
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Müller already saw it coming: Bayern icon can't prevent bankruptcy in Frankfurt
"I will consciously pay attention to this tension and, if necessary, also take countermeasures," Müller had announced. The Upper Bavarian saw the disaster coming, so to speak, but he could not prevent it. However, giving up is not in the DNA of Bayern icon Müller, who recently made a decision about the end of his career.
"Basically, I prefer to have everything in one game. We will fight back, we will come back," was Müller's challenge to the competition. His demand: "We have to put the game behind us, but we have to step it up a notch or two so that we realise after the game that we have gone to our limits. It's not that a good horse only jumps as high as it has to, we have to jump over it sometimes." Let's see if the colleagues listen this time. Serge Gnabry, who was injured in Frankfurt, will not be able to help for the time being – FC Bayern announced the diagnosis. (ck)