FC Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain fought a duel on a high footballing level in the snowstorm in Munich. In the end, the guests got the upper hand 3-2 in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. Also because FCB was confronted with the effects of the international break. Five theses on Bayern’s defeat. (Here are the video highlights for the game)
The usefulness of international matches during a pandemic that is still rampant has been discussed sufficiently in the recent past.
Corona infections, which regularly occurred in individual players or even in a whole group (Italy’s national team had 15 positive cases to complain about) during the national team excursions, confirmed the critics in their opinion that constant travel across Europe is not necessarily beneficial for them Containment of the virus is likely to be.
From the point of view of the clubs, the compulsory breaks associated with the international matches have always posed a certain risk and triggered fears for the health of the players. Corona only drives those responsible additional worry lines on the forehead. Serge Gnabry was recently tested positive for the second time, but against PSG FC Bayern was fatally affected by the first mentioned effects: “classic” injuries.
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The failure of the reliable goalscorer is certainly particularly significant, but on Wednesday evening Flick had to deal with two more bad news. Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle both had to be replaced. “There are muscular injuries,” Flick announced at the press conference after the game. Shortly after the final whistle, it was not yet clear how long the duo would be out.
Both had traveled to the German national team two and a half weeks ago, and both had problems as a result. Süle, who had to pass in the first game against Iceland due to a thigh strain, returned to Munich early and therefore did not play any of the three games. Goretzka, on the other hand, played in all games, but in the run-up to the Romania game there was a big question mark about the use of the ex-Schalke (calf problems).
The fact that the two important Bayern pillars suffered injuries of a muscular nature against Paris could well indicate an effect of a too tight schedule.