The basketball players of FC Bayern once again narrowly missed the first jump to the final four of the Euroleague. The team of coach Andrea Trinchieri lost the decisive fifth quarter-finals at the previous year’s finalist FC Barcelona 72:81 (37:31) and thus the best-of-five series 2: 3. Already last season, the Munich team had left unhappily in five games in the round of the last eight. No German club has ever made it to the final tournament.
“My players showed an incredible series. I am proud,” said Trinchieri. Managing Director Marko Pesic also bowed to “MagentaMunich team”: “Huge response to the whole team. It was a great performance in the first half. It is the character of the team that she never gives up. Congratulations to the coaches.”
Almost exactly a year after the bitterly failed at Armani Milan in Italy, when an 89:92 in game five, which meant the end, Bayern lost to the main round winner Barcelona after a drop in performance in the second half. Another success with the Catalans after the coup in the second duel of the series (90:75) seemed possible for a long time.
Due to the defeat in the Blaugrana Palau, Bayern failed after the ticket for the final tournament in Belgrade (May 19 to 21). Before Barca, defending champion Anadolu Istanbul had qualified with the German international Tibor Pleiß and the Spanish top club Real Madrid. The last participants determine Olympiacos Piraeus and AS Monaco.
“The most important thing is that we are here,” Trinchieri said before the game and again emphasized that Barcelona was the big favorite. But four days after the victory in the home of Audi Dome (59:52), through which they had forced the fifth duel, the Munich team initially set the tone.
Barca turns open in the final phase
After an 11-0 run it was 15: 9 (7th minute), Barcelona hardly scored anything, the Bavarians took advantage of the weakness and went into the break with a small cushion. A higher leadership would have been possible.
In the third quarter the picture changed completely, suddenly the Spaniards dominated, made up for the gap and for the first time settled ten points (58: 48/30.).
The game section went to the Catalans with 29:15. Bayern around top scorer Othello Hunter (18 points) struggled in vain, Barca left no tension. Munich had been the first Bundesliga club to move into the playoffs last year.