The last in the team was the first to raise the trophy. Captain Manuel Neuer left Alphonso Davies, after being premiered in the Bayerna jersey, won the trophy for the victory at Telekom Cup in 2019. After a 4-2 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the final of Bayern, he passed the first test of 2019 and celebrated a successful general test to open the Bundesliga in 1899 at Hoffenheim next Friday (20:30).
Keep your nerves out of the way
"It was certainly a good test before the next round of next week," David Alaba concluded, "We wanted to be successful here, we succeeded." But he and his teammates had to thank for the nerves. And in the semi-finals against Fortune Dusseldorf and in the final against Gladbacher after 45 minutes of regular time 0-0 – both had to make a decision in favor of Munich on penalties.
"From the moment we were relatively sure," said Joshua Kimmich, briefly describing two short tests: "It's good that we did not get any, so bad we did not do any." bypass the team. "If the opponent puts it in 45 minutes behind, then it's not easy," said Niko Kovac, who provided all his players with the required minute of use. Only a short-term loss to Javi Martínez for preventing muscular problems has allowed Bayern to start in two games with two completely different starting positions.
Use a week of training before the start of the second half of the season
His team already had "some chances in the first but in the second game," the 47-year-old had to admit. Kovač, however, learned lessons from the intensive camp training in Doha and a proven emergency on Telecom Cup: "We need to be stronger, we are doing this and we hope to meet again on Friday," the coach said. Finally, Kovac has four training sessions with him until Hoffenheim scores in the top race.
For Kimmich this is also the first real knife in the new year – successful test games or not. "Where we stand, you can only judge after a game on Friday," said the right-hand man. Bayern then wants to "win threefold" as Neuer sought and laid the foundations for a successful second half of the season. "It became clear that we were very, very hungry for the second half of the season and that we wanted to be at the top of the league at the end of the season," Alaba said.