Bundesliga After the victory in Cologne

Manuel Neuer’s anger after the 4: 1 of his Bayern

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The Cologne team made 13 shots on goal, Manuel Neuer had to be particularly careful in the second half

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Despite the triumph at 1. FC Köln, Manuel Neuer simmered. FC Bayern’s spectacular lightning start delighted him too. However, he completely disapproved of what emerged in the team afterwards.

AAt first glance, everything looked very neat. With 4: 1 (3: 0), the Bavarians jumped from the top of the table again thanks to the Leipzig team that jumped to the top on Saturday. And then there was this breathtaking start to the game.

Robert Lewandowski with his 23rd goal of the season after 128 seconds, Kingsley Coman in the starting XI comeback after a two-month injury break (5th) and Serge Gnabry (12th) scored the fastest 3-0 away lead in FC Bayern’s glorious Bundesliga history. With the lightning start, the Bavarians quickly robbed the Cologne-based team in carnival jerseys of any illusion of a sensation five days before Women’s Fast Night.

Gnabry followed up (66.), Cologne was hit by Mark Uth (70.). According to his templates for 1: 0 and 2: 0, Thomas Müller now also has 14 assists in this Bundesliga season, and no one has been able to do this since the precise data collection was introduced in 2004.

“We could have scored up to ten goals,” said Neuer

So everything is fine? Not at all. At least in the opinion of Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He was disturbed by the fact that his people in front had started like the fire brigade, but then had something burnt on umpteen times in the second section. 18: 1 shots on goal for the guests showed the statistics at the break, in the second section the relationship turned in favor of Cologne. It was primarily thanks to his outstanding ability that the ball landed in the Bayern goal only once – the FC team had plenty of chances for more goals.

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The annoyed new guy, he makes no secret of it. First he praised, then he reprimanded according to the dramaturgy of the game. It was not foreseeable that it would be so easy, he said: “You couldn’t count on how we started here. I was expecting a bit more resistance from the Cologne team right from the start. ”The team played well, taking advantage of the first chances ice-cold.

Neuer was asked whether the team had made reproaches at half-time that the big increase in chances had not led to more goals in the first part of the game. “We don’t have to reproach ourselves. We could have scored up to ten goals, ”he replied. Not every shot could go in, “but there was definitely more in here than this 4: 1.”

This was basically the key to final billing. Because it is a recurring pattern at Bayern. They have been weaker in many important categories since the beginning of February from the 46th minute of play. Great in the first half and a flop in the second, as the statistics show – and gets Neuer crazy.

In the first half, he summed up, there had been “one or two situations that were very tight. If things had gone wrong with us, Cologne could have scored five or six goals. I’m just annoyed that we didn’t keep playing as we did in the first half. We make life difficult for ourselves. In the end it’s 4: 1, that’s positive. But when I go into the cabin like this, I’m annoyed that we didn’t go through like we did in the first half. ”

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Even if Neuer was not at all satisfied with the much weaker second half – on the 30th championship title at the end of the season he has no doubt: “We believe in it, which is why we are up there.”

While Bayern under coach Hansi Flick are unbeaten for the first time this season in ten competitive games and scored 37 goals in twelve games in the Bundesliga, Cologne suffered the first home defeat under Markus Gisdol. With a little luck and more skill, it might have been averted. Bayern could thank Neuer that it did not happen.

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