Jochen Schneider: Take the hit and carry on

After Saturday evening’s 5-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena, the Royal Blues were not happy to simply gloss over it. “If you want to get a result in Munich, a few things need to happen: Bayern need to have an off day, you have to have a good day and the referee has to be top class,” said Jochen Schneider. “We only had one of those three things – the referee.”

Jochen Schneider

The director of sport acknowledges that the record champions were the better team in all aspects of the game on the night, so the result was a fair one. “I don’t think we need to look back on every moment in the game again. It’s clear what happened,” said Schneider. “Bayern were greedy. Even after they went 4-0 up, they were winning the second ball and nipping our attacks in the bud.”

Sascha Riether has a similar view on the game. We have to be honest with ourselves: That was our worst performance this season,” said the team coordinator. “However, we’ve never played especially badly this season.” The 36-year-old continued: “It’s better to suffer one heavy to defeat than to narrowly lose five games!”

Both Schneider and Riether are confident that the result won’t set the team back. “There’s no reason for us to let our heads drop now. We just have to take the hit and then carry on.”


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