Bayern Munich defeated Hertha Berlin 3-2 on the road in Germany’s capital. This game was significant because it marked the return of Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez, and it was also significant since the Rekordmeister was ranked second in the table, one point behind Union Berlin.
Perhaps the revered captain of the Bavarians chose the worst game to return to his squad – Manuel Neuer was helpless as Die Alte Dame whipped two past him on his return game, despite neither being his fault.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann however took the positives — a captain’s return to the pitch is to be celebrated after all! Per their Twitter account @iMiaSanMia, the manager expressed his happiness on the goalkeeper’s return. “He’s the captain and very important for us on and off the pitch. He’s still the best goalkeeper in the world,” Nagelsmann said. The manager further praised backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich for having done a commendable job in Neuer’s absence. “All of Germany is happy that Manu is back,” he declared.
He also had praise for striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for his brilliant performances in recent games. Having scored eight goals and assisted three times over the past seven games is an unreal feat and Nagelsmann had nothing but praise, even going on to say that Choupo has always had his qualities. The injury was the real devil, according to the coach.
“When he’s fit, we know what qualities he has — so I’m not surprised. For me these performances are a logical consequence of being fit,” the coach stated.
Interested in more analysis of the game? Why not check out our postgame podcast? We talk about the Davies injury, Mazraoui, Choupo-Moting for the Ballon d’Or, the World Cup, and more! Listen to it below or on Spotify.