Created on 15-04-2012 at 00:00 AM
As Jupp Heynckes said, the FCB stars set out for the Allianz Arena “with a glimmer of hope", but the spark was soon extinguished. As the players made their way to the changing room, the monitors in the media zone announced Dortmund's 2–1 victory over Schalke. “The knowledge that the title is as good as lost is definitely a psychological disadvantage when you still have to go out and play," the boss reflected after his team's goalless draw with Mainz.
Christian Nerlinger felt not too much could be read into the result. “Obviously, you could see the team was struggling with a mental burden," the director of sport said. Arjen Robben voiced similar opinions: “We knew Dortmund had won again before we kicked off. We still wanted to win today, but it was hard going."