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Applause and tears as Heynckes bows out

Jupp Heynckes was coolness personified before kick-off, as more than 50,000 spectators in his home town of Gladbach gave him a huge farewell ovation. But at the post-match press conference, the 68-year-old coaching legend struggled with his emotions: tears flowed and hard-bitten reporters applauded. It took some 30 seconds before Heynckes recovered his composure. was there.

Heynckes opens with a statement on his side’s 4-3 victory…

“The first 10 or 15 minutes didn’t go according to plan. We were taken by surprise. I joked with my assistant Peter Hermann that I had the feeling my players were still at the title party. We weren’t well organised and our passing was poor. I had to correct a few things at half-time. In the second half, we played more like we have done all season. It was an interesting and spectacular match. I sensed my players were playing for me. They were delighted they were able to give me this gift.”