MUNICH PLAYERS WILL BOUNCE BACK
The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he expects the Bayern Munich players to bounce back from the disappointment of having lost the Champions League final at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday. It has been a very disappointing season for most of the players at Bayern Munich after they have finished second in everything. Not only have they finished as runners-up to Borussia Dortmund in the league, but also in the DFB Cup as well. They were hoping to avoid the same fate as Bayern Leverkusen in 2002 by at least winning the Champions League on May 19.
However, despite dominating the entire match against Chelsea, they could not convert chances into goals. Thomas Müller scored the only goal of the game for Bayern Munich with only a few minutes remaining in normal time, but they allowed themselves to go into extra time after Didier Drogba’s equaliser in the 88th minute. Finally, they lost the match on penalties after having allowed themselves to go into penalties. Arjen Robben missed the crucial penalty in the extra time, which would have handed the club their first title in two seasons. Despite the second loss in the Champions League final in two years, Joachim Loew believes that the Germans in the team will come strongly at the Euro 2012.
“I know the players. It will take a few days but they will pick themselves up. They reached the final and were the better team. There’s no reason for them to doubting their own qualities. They can be proud of playing great games in the Champions League. They did almost everything right in the final, and only luck was missing. A pity for Munich, for Germany and all football fans. Their confidence won’t be affected. They have done wonderfully well and were in the race everywhere until the end,” said Joachim Loew.