Updated on April 15, 2019, 06:27
Due to the sovereign 4: 1 at Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bayern Munich conquered the standings after only one day back from Borussia Dortmund. The renewed injury of Manuel Neuer presses on the mood, he fails with torn muscle a good two weeks.
For 19 clock on Sunday evening Manuel Neuer was expected in the State Chancellery in Dusseldorf. Prime Minister Armin Laschet wanted to give the football goalkeeper "for his exemplary social commitment" the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia.
But around 5 pm, Bayern President Uli Hoeneß called Laschet and said. Neuer had injured in 4: 1 (2: 0) at Fortuna Dusseldorf, had to be replaced and hobbled with crutches from the stadium. When the native Gelsenkirchener should actually take his order, he was in the hospital.
"Muscular rupture at Neuer," read on the night of Monday the devastating diagnosis that FC Bayern published on its website. This has resulted in the detailed investigation by the club doctors Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt and Peter Ueblacker.
The captain and goalkeeper would the club "about 14 days," it was said. Thigh problems with defender Mats Hummels, who was replaced shortly before the end, were thus diagnosed as a strain.
Injury series of Neuer continues
"He said he immediately noticed a pull in the calf," said defensive player Niklas Süle, describing the unusual action in which Neuer tried to stop a ball and slipped off with one leg: "He also called immediately: shoot him out."
"It's the same calf that caused him two weeks ago, and if he's injured that's going to hit us," said coach Niko Kovac. The coach also emphasized: "We have a very good goalkeeper in Sven Ulreich and we have absolute confidence in him."
Ulreich was allowed to show his skills more often than expected. Because Neuer repeatedly failed. In the second half, the 33-year-old missed two games because of a thumb injury and one because of calf problems. In the past season, he had come because of a metatarsal break only on three league appearances.
Sovereign against Dusseldorf
His injury was the only bad news this Sunday for Bayern. With masterly sovereignty, the defending champion had completely dominated the last strong promoted Dusseldorf and rival Borussia Dortmund replaced so after only one night back at the top of the table.
"We do not want to give away the first place," said Kovac. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic emphasized: "We have everything in our own hands, it's up to us."
And the players were bursting with self-confidence. "I think Dortmund is solid," said Süle, "but we're one point ahead, we just have to do our job."
Double pack for Coman
Also the solid Trainingsrangelei between Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman on Thursday, all now rated casually. "The two also know that they should not hit their mouths in training," said Süle. Salihamidzic said with a smile: "We have implemented the aggression from the training well."
With Coman, one of the brawlers became the best man in the field. With his double strike (Salihamidzic: "A good pun") to 2: 0 (15./41.) He made early for serenity. Serge Gnabry (55.) and Leon Goretzka (90. + 2) made the clear victory. The 1: 3 scored Bayern's first leg shock Dodi Lukebakio by hand penalty (89th).
"I am pleased that he scored the two goals," said Lewandowski, who also congratulated Coman on the pitch. The sports director praised the French exuberantly.
"What he does is unique," said Salihamidzic, "He has suffered many setbacks, but he is getting fitter and fitter, and he can do much more."
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