In the case of Manuel Neuer, the good mood barometer went all the way up after the comeback. The World Cup could start immediately for the Bayern goalkeeper. Going to Qatar as leaders would be best.
After the successful comeback, Manuel Neuer joked in a good mood about his participation in the World Cup. “Hansi has to decide that,” said Germany’s number one, who had recovered just in time after suffering a shoulder injury, when asked whether Qatar’s mission was now safe.
Permanent goalscorer Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting would have liked to have laughed, but had to go to the doping test quickly. And Julian Nagelsmann misplaced a saying from Latin to the Far East when praising his match winners.
“From a healthy body, no, what’s it called? In a healthy mind, in a healthy body, Japanese proverb,” the FC Bayern Munich coach got tangled up after the 3-2 win at Hertha BSC. As wild as Bayern’s victory in Berlin was in a curious first half, it was just as colorful for the record champions after the final whistle in the Olympic Stadium.
More victories are planned
Whether the championship lead in the Bundesliga, which Union Berlin had regained, should last beyond the weekend was even secondary. “We can’t look at other teams. We can only win our games. What happens, happens,” said goalscorer Jamal Musiala.
The first step in the targeted nine-point plan in the last week before the World Cup break was ultimately taken confidently. Further victories against newly promoted Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 are firmly planned. After ten games without defeat and eight wins in three competitions in a row, the self-confidence is back anyway.
You can also smile about a slip of the tongue. “Mens sana in corpore sano” was the saying Nagelsmann searched for in vain. A healthy mind in a healthy body was actually a leitmotif in Munich for both main protagonists: Neuer and Choupo-Moting.
Neuer: “Everything is fine”
After a four-week forced break due to a sore shoulder, goalkeeper Neuer had eliminated all doubts about his fourth World Cup participation in Qatar with a rock-solid performance. The good mood barometer hit him all the way up. Of course, national coach Hansi Flick will have followed his captain’s performance with pleasure.
“Everything is fine,” Neuer gave his medical bulletin. And: “Yes, of course”, he will also be able to play the World Cup, the 36-year-old stated. “We are all happy in Germany that Manuel is doing well again,” said Nagelsmann. The fact that after a four-week break here and there “still tweaks” can be overcome, said Neuer. And there is always a risk in football. A shock in training the day before, when he fell on the healthy shoulder and felt pain, has been digested. “I thought for a moment: oops, what’s going on now?”
Choupo-Moting “he once played for the U21s”
Oops, what’s going on now, Choupo-Moting may have thought too. However, in a positive sense. Involuntarily served in a friendly manner by Berlin defenders, the 33-year-old scored twice within a few seconds. And this is already happening while falling, lying down and with the supporting leg turned backwards. The Cameroonian scores instinctively. Many observers immediately thought of Gerd Müller’s intuition in the penalty area. Nagelsmann said the second goal in particular was “weird”. Choupo-Moting thus extended his series in Munich under the motto Forget Robert Lewandowski to nine goals in the last seven games.
For Nagelsmann, the rise of the real nine is a “logical consequence” and not the result of his personnel change after the poor September results. “When he’s fit, we know he has exceptional quality and he’s showing it now,” said the Bayern coach, adding the slightly twisted note on a healthy mind and body. Manuel Neuer had a different idea when evaluating the striker’s performance, which he unfortunately cannot realize.
“He used to play for the U21s,” Neuer recalled about Choupo-Moting’s DFB career in view of Germany’s offensive concerns. That was in 2009. Neuer’s current Bayern substitute Sven Ulreich was in the German goal back then, and a certain Thomas Müller also played for the juniors. But then came competitive appearances for Cameroon for Choupo-Moting. He is therefore not eligible to play for Germany at the World Cup.