Niko Kovac was in a hurry, the team bus was ready to leave the direction of the airport, there stood Peter Fischer in the way. In blissful pre-Christmas mood, the President of Eintracht Frankfurt pulled his former coach and said goodbye, before he dismissed handle Kovac from the clip: “goodbye, my Dear. Toi, toi, toi. We see us in the new year.” In the new year 2019, in which the people of Munich a great turning point is imminent.

The 3:0 in Frankfurt for Bayern, an important conclusion of an exciting second half of the year. In the Bundesliga they have won in the week before the winter break three games in the series to Zero, place taken, the internal peace of Christmas is saved and the trainer debate is eliminated.

Earlier, a second place for half of the season would have been a debacle. After the disastrous weeks in the fall, however, and the recent upswing in December, the Bavaria values him as a success.

The residue at Borussia Dortmund is now only six points, instead of in the meantime, nine. And that’s enough, so it seemed on Saturday night, as the team would have been now more looking forward to the return round, as a year ago, when she went to win the title with eleven points ahead of Schalke into the winter break. The Bavarians have taken a liking to the role of the follower.


Whether or not they would not play in this Form, but rather, were Thomas Müller and Niklas Süle asked. Both shook their heads and were looking forward to calm holiday days to the training start at 5. January. Less quiet are the days for Hasan Salihamidzic. There is much in the planning for 2019, probably the greatest squad rebuilding for many years. “Of course I’ll have in the next few days, my phone,” said the sports Director of the upcoming activities in the transfer market, “where I’ll make a call, you will see.” (Read here an analysis of the Bayern-break.)

Because that’s the way to be irresistible especially the irrepressible Franck Ribery swirled on Saturday again and with his two goals in the Eintracht almost alone defeated. So he fights against his impending farewell. And as much as the players in front of songs of praise on the veteran barely able to rein in, such as Süle (“I would be glad if I could run a 35”) – the Gala of Ribéry, three days after his decisive winning goal against Leipzig, and must not obscure the fact that in the case of Bavaria, the break is overdue.

Bayern need to go shopping, in the world of German shopping

let these two brilliant evenings of the panels and to reflect directly back on a new contract extension over the end of the season? For Ribery this season was often inconsistent and often bad.

The post Ribéry alone, however, is not decisive. More important is the structural planning, the realignment for the coming years is now. Whether additions to come in January or in the summer. Need to knock the Bavarians as soon as possible, before an alleged desire candidate like Lucas Hernández, Atlético Madrid, writes somewhere else.

It is not a daring prediction that the team of the FC Bayern that will be riding in twelve months, the last game in the calendar year 2019 of the best, will look quite different than the one on Saturday in Frankfurt. Bayern need to go shopping, Bayern buy.

coach Kovac was already for a long time on the flight to Munich, and there stood Peter Fischer is still in the corridors of the Frankfurt Arena. At the latest in may in Munich, you will see again, in the return game at 34. Round. If it is the championship trophy awarded to the Bayern maybe, but again, and to get Franck Ribéry flowers to his maybe last game for Munich.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern Munich 0:3 (0:1)
0:1 Ribery (35.)
0:2 Ribéry (79.)
0:3 Rafinha (89.)
Frankfurt : Trapp – Salcedo, Falette, N’Dicka – da Costa, Fernandes (69. Müller), Willems, Kostic – Gacinovic (43. de Guzman) – Haller, Jovic
Munich : Neuer – Rafinha, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Kimmich, Martínez – Müller (90. Shabani), Thiago, Ribéry (90. Coman) – Lewandowski (90+1. Wagner)
referee : Gräfe
Yellow cards : Fernandes, de Guzman / Alaba
audience : 51.500 (sold out)

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