Thomas Tuchel raged and scolded, his team tried everything – but it wasn’t enough. FC Bayern failed in its “Mission Impossible” against Manchester City with the insatiable “Tormonster” Erling Haaland and also lost the second possible trophy under hopeful Tuchel.
The bitter 1-1 (0-0) in the second leg of the quarterfinals after a good performance for a long time meant the end for the Munich usurer against the eleven of returnee Pep Guardiola. The annoyed Tuchel saw yellow-red because of a complaint (86th).
“We had them back on the hook, even more than in Manchester. In 180 minutes we didn’t get any encouragement or luck in the game. I’m very satisfied. Two couldn’t keep up the level: the pitch and the referee. Grade six from the first minute,” said Tuchel at “DAZN”.
“We weren’t the worse team, but we’re going out clearly,” said Joshua Kimmich after the game. He also stressed: “It was realistic for us to score three goals if you see the chances, but then you have to score the goals.”
Haaland destroys all hopes
Haaland threw a hand penalty over the goal (37th), but robbed Bayern of their last hope with his 41st goal in the 48th game for Manchester (57th). The equalizer with a penalty kick converted by Joshua Kimmich (83rd) came too late given the clear 0:3 in the first leg.
The semi-finals of the Champions League will take place for the third time in a row without the German record champions. Like last year, Favorit City meets defending champions Real Madrid.
The people of Munich only have the prospect of the eleventh German championship in a row. But even in the Bundesliga, the inconsistent table leaders are only two points ahead of Dortmund and face a rude awakening and thus the first season without a trophy since 2012.
FC Bayern relies on a new starting eleven
CEO Oliver Kahn spoke at “DAZN” of an “amazing, a monster task against what is probably the best team at the moment”. Liverpool, Rome, Barcelona and La Coruna had shown the way: FC Bayern wanted to become the fifth club in the history of the competition to catch up three or more goals. “Fight with a big chest until the end!” was the message from the most loyal fans from the south stand to the “Kings of the Cup”.
Goals were needed – but Tuchel initially did without Thomas Müller, whom he had praised the day before as the best Munich “box” player. The reason? “Because I’m expecting the same game” as in Manchester, said the coach, “speed and speed dribbling” are required, not Müller’s strengths.
The fast Serge Gnabry still had to make way for the recovered nine Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Joao Cancelo defended city loan for Alphonso Davies, who was overwhelmed in Manchester. The Bavarians relied on robust duel leadership and caught the guests again and again in the forward movement.
FC Bayern leaves a number of opportunities
This opened up spaces in which Tuchel’s speed dribblers came across – and missed a number of opportunities. The whole game was a plea for a summer shopping spree with the main goal of signing a nine.
Leroy Sané (17th) missed the first big chance in a counterattack via Jamal Musiala. Tuchel rolled his eyes, Guardiola puffed out his cheeks with relief. Seconds later, the Bayern fans caught their breath for the first time: first-leg unlucky Dayot Upamecano saw red after an emergency brake on Haaland, who broke through – but the Norwegian was offside and the dismissal was withdrawn.
After further opportunities from Sané (21st) and Leon Goretzka (24th), Upamecano was again in focus: The Frenchman blocked a shot from City captain Ilkay Gündogan with his elbow, but Haaland failed in the eighth attempt for City from the point for the first time. On the other hand, Kingsley Coman (42′) and Choupo-Moting (45’+1′) also failed to score.
Tuchel’s stage goal of “winning” the first half was missed. In the second, Bayern continued to run, Coman failed at goalkeeper Ederson (57th) – and Haaland hit Munich in the heart in return. The supposed 1: 1 of substitute Mathys Tel (75th) did not count because of an offside position, Kimmich’s equalization was only cosmetic.