Three wins, 12-0 goals – FC Bayern continue their record-breaking progress in the Champions League group stage.
21 October 2021
Lisbon.The Bavarian delicacies promised by Nagelsmann representative Dino Toppmöller were not on the Bayern stars’ evening menu at the team hotel. “I think Leberkäs and beer are a tradition in Munich. We have to go through with it, ”said ailing head coach Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant after the 4-0 Champions League win at Benfica Lisbon of a possible conception of his debut. He had succeeded in the match as Munich’s number 1 on the line.
Nagelsmann had to skip the premier peat festival at Estádio da Luz, in which the Munich team threw the pot 14 months ago, due to a flu-like infection at the edge of the lawn . In the team’s noble hotel, the 34-year-old got fully involved mentally and emotionally – and also paved the way for victory.
The idea of replacing Gnabry
“It was Julian’s idea of how we should organize the changes. It was a courageous decision to bring Serge – but ultimately the right one, ”said Toppmöller, who had been in contact with his boss by radio at least since the break. “You can see Julian is sick, but still very quick in his head – and had a great idea,” Toppmöller said of Gnabry’s idea. Serge Gnabry’s offensive gesture for Benjamin Pavard when the score was 0-0 was a factor on the way to victory.
Leroy Sané (70th / 85th minute), a goal against his own Everton (80th) and a goal from world footballer Robert Lewandowski (83rd) allowed Bayern to celebrate a “well-deserved victory”, as Toppmöller noted . “It wasn’t like I did the big Zampano there. I’m happy that we won the match and that we represented Julian well in the coaching staff, ”said the son of former Bundesliga coach Klaus Toppmöller, whom he wanted to contact on the night in Lisbon. In addition to Dino Toppmöller, Nagelsmann assistants Benjamin Glück and Xaver Zembrod also played their part in the huge success.
The exceptional position of FC Bayern
After the defeats of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg, the Munich side have once again documented their exceptional position. And not only at the national level, but also internationally. Because in addition to the Munich squad at the start of their club record, no other team has reached the new first-class season this season. “When you see how hungry they’ve always been in recent years, also in the league, that’s one of our great strengths. I hope it will stay that way, ”said the exceptional Sané.
Perhaps the game would have turned in another direction if captain Manuel Neuer hadn’t brilliantly avoided the deficit on two occasions. “That’s why we have the best goalkeeper in the world in our goal,” said Toppmöller.
Up front, Kingsley Coman was back in the starting XI for the first time since minor heart surgery. “I feel very good. I’m very happy to be able to play without heart problems,” said the winger. The game was really special for him: in the Champions League triumph 14 months ago, he scored the winning goal 1-0 against Paris Saint-Germain at the same place. (dpa)
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