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‘It hurts a lot’

Bayern’s plan: Analyse, move on and refocus

Although some of the Bayern players did briefly speak to reporters after Saturday's DFB Cup final, their expressions meant words were hardly necessary. Disappointment, despondency and frustration were compounded by a backing track of Dortmund celebrations following the champions’ 5–2 victory at Berlin Olympic Stadium. “It hurts a lot," Arjen Robben confirmed.

At the post-match banquet for the club's staff, sponsors, partners and VIP guests, hosted by Bayern partner Deutsche Telekom at their Berlin headquarters, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge chose not to beat about the bush. “A 5-2 defeat doesn't happen by chance, and it's not unlucky either. We have to say it loud and clear: it was a disgrace." Rummenigge characterised each of Borussia's five goals as “a slap in the face."