Lucien Favre, coach of Borussia Dortmund, has two faces in the German public. One is that of the tactics genius, the football obsessed – you could read this in the successful first round of BVB almost every day somewhere. The other face is that of the Zauderer, and the lost Revierderby on the weekend gave some media opportunity to celebrate this picture extensively.
With his sentence after the final whistle, the title is "playful", Favre has delivered the template. Franz-Josef Wagner, the postman of the "Bild" newspaper, stated: "I do not like a coach who gives up", after all, just give up "if you can not breathe". "Image" columnist Alfred Draxler, who three days earlier had written the opponent Schalke in the ground, even demanded that BVB should part with Favre, if the club would not master after the months as leaders in the end. Wagner's verdict: "You are not a guy to me."
The "Focus" knew Favre "proves why he can not play titles after the derby disaster", and Eurosport, in an online commentary, seconded Favre's title as "the real scandal".
On the microphone mostly mouth-rotten
Now, Lucien Favre is truly nobody who particularly appeals to the media in a quick interview. At the microphone he is usually mouth-lazy, he makes no secret that this part of his work to him uncomfortable, perhaps even repugnant. That, too, earned him the reputation of being difficult. What he can possibly live with, after all, "difficult" is one of his favorite words in public. This attitude may not be particularly professional, the times of Ernst Happel, the principle of the public and was celebrated for it, are over now.
Indeed, one could also discuss whether Favre in the two key games of recent weeks in Munich and against Schalke has resorted to the wrong tactics, whether he has neglected to defend standard situations, whether his team has actually overcome the burdens of the title fight or why some players in the final stages of the season are no longer able to show their best performance previously shown.
A sentence narrows the discussion
Instead, however, the discussion is narrowed to the hesitant Favre, who delivered the template with a sentence immediately after the game. A sentence that in the aftermath of the game not only Favre, but presumably everyone thought: The thing is through, with Marco Reus also the most important man red-locked. That Bayern Munich would not win at table seventh 1 FC Nuremberg then could not guess at this time.
Anyone who knows Favre knows that he is not the trainer, who calls with his knife between his teeth to cut everything out, to shed every drop of blood, as long as everything is mathematically possible. Only in the popular opinion of some columnists do the guys look the same. Favre's qualities are elsewhere.
He is undoubtedly not Jürgen Klopp, the motivational guru of the German coaching guild. But to blame the Swiss for one sentence for failing to win a title, which he made possible with his work in the first place? These are the things that make working with football tiring. Or to pick up Wagner's picture: That's very short of breath.