"Manuel neuer is the matchwinner because he saved against marco reus shortly before the end and held a penalty kick," bayern head coach jupp heynckes praised the national goalkeeper. "He has shown that he is not fazed by all this. A super performance!"
Two months earlier, the 25-year-old goalkeeper had received a barrage of criticism at borussia-park after his blunder in the 1:3 opening match of the first round. On the very first day of the fubball bundesliga, neuer was chalked up for the 0:1 against gladbach. "Those were unfortunate situations that i didn’t make on purpose," said the ex-schalker, who came to his rehabilitation in a bright green goalkeeper’s outfit. "That’s why it’s doubly great that i managed to play such a good game."
After borussia defender dante, whose move to FC bayern is the subject of speculation, drilled his penalty kick over the goal, neuer remained the winner in the duel against havard nordtveit. "We didn’t have nordtveit on the cards. We didn’t know which corner to take, so I relied on my instincts," reported neuer. "I’m pleased for him to have played so confidently. Especially here, where the mishap happened to him," said bayern president uli hoeneb, who was in good spirits and in the best of moods. "The final against borussia dortmund is a highlight – it will be a football festival. We have now won 25 percent of the season."Bavarian sports director christian nerlinger spoke of a "dream end".
The record champion has shot himself out of the crisis and back on track for success within three weeks with goals on a conveyor belt. "After the defeat in leverkusen, we went home with a long face," national striker mario gomez said. "Now we’re further along in the champions league, have reached the cup final and have more chances in the bundesliga again. Two weeks ago, no one thought we could do that anymore."
World star franck ribery is now hoping for a rough season finale: "we’re in good shape again, can win three titles," the frenchman said. Midfielder toni kroos is similarly optimistic: "of course we can win three titles – why not?. We have come a great deal closer to a title."
After the happy semifinal triumph against equal gladbach, however, nerlinger did not want to hear anything about such talk. "We have to get three points on saturday against hannover 96 and move forward step by step," he warned. "We should not talk about anything, but continue to act in such a united manner.Nerlinger was extremely satisfied that his bayern squad – which was given a day off by heynckes on friday to regenerate – is top again: "they’ve got their act together," said thein. There were critical moments. A team can break or grow from this. Second happened."
The bavarian professionals have the 16. Cup triumph now firmly in sight. "When FC bayern is in the DFB cup final, they don’t go there to boost tourism, they go there to win the title," thomas muller announced full of praise. "The best german teams meet in berlin. It’s going to be a real cracker," said neuer, who won the DFB cup with schalke 04 in 2011. "I want to defend the title."