E.There are sometimes moments when a club’s season can change. If the managers of FC Bayern were to ask themselves in early summer when there was one for their soccer team, they will probably remember this week in November.
But you will not think of the events in Kiev, where 17 of your players won the Champions League against Dynamo and qualified as first in the group for the round of 16 – with two goals. But of the events in Munich, where two of their players made a private decision – with two pricks.
According to FAZ information, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry have now been vaccinated against Covid-19. The first thing that reported about it was the kicker. This means that only three players in the professional squad remain unvaccinated – including Joshua Kimmich, who publicly confirmed his decision against vaccination in October in response to a report in the Bild newspaper. But now, according to several media reports, Kimmich should also seriously consider vaccination. That would be a breakthrough for Germany’s most important football club in the corona pandemic. And for once, one to be happy about.
“I can’t confirm that yet,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann when he was asked about the decisions of Musiala and Gnabry after the 2-1 win in Kiev – but then added: “If it is the case, then I’m happy me about it, then it’s a first step. “
There has been a discussion these days about what it will do to a team if their players are suddenly classified not only according to position or potential, but also according to vaccination status. This debate was further fueled when the club’s executives announced last week that the unvaccinated players would not pay them a salary if the health department ordered them to be quarantined as contacts. That happened shortly afterwards.
In addition to Musiala, Gnabry and Kimmich, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance also had to isolate themselves even though they were not infected with the virus. You are now missing from your team – and you can be happy that the preliminary and not the knockout round will be played in the Champions League. Or as Julian Nagelsmann said: “If, of course, the players still have to be quarantined when they are not vaccinated, then there is always a small risk to the goals of the season.”
Now the likelihood has increased that at least Musiala and Gnabry will be available in the really important games. They used the quarantine, in which they cannot train with the team, to get vaccinated. Musiala will probably receive the second vaccination during the winter break. In the case of Gnabry, this is not necessary because he was infected with Covid-19 earlier in the year.
On Tuesday evening, they should have watched from Munich how their teammates secured their fifth win in the fifth round game in the snow of Kiev – and with it the bonus of 2.8 million euros that the European Football Union receives for every victory in the Champions League distributed. An income that should not be underestimated in the pandemic.
Bayern won 2-1 in Ukraine, because Robert Lewandowski, who is the defending champion on the shortlist for the world footballer’s choice, hit the goal with a fantastic overhead kick (14th minute) and Kingsley Coman with a hard shot (42nd). And because they were lucky that a foul by Lucas Hernández in the penalty area and a misstep by Manuel Neuer (the ball bounced against the post) went unpunished. The goal by Denys Germash (70th), Dynamo’s first in the competition, came too late.
“In view of the circumstances, we took a good bite, it was an important win,” said Nagelsmann afterwards. These circumstances should now improve, although center-backs Hernández and Tanguy Nianzou had to be replaced due to pain. How much this is necessary, revealed a look at Bayern’s bank. At the end of the game there were only two substitutes left: Sven Ulreich and Christian Früchtl, the second and third goalkeeper.
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