Leverkusen (AP) – Since FC Bayern Munich’s gala appearance in Leverkusen, Lucas Hernández has taken a quick shower on the Madrid pitch.
A day before the announcement and, therefore, unnoticed by the public, the soccer world champion surprisingly attended his court appointment on Monday in the Spanish capital.
The 25-year-old Frenchman was personally and officially notified that he could face a six-month prison sentence in the next ten days, the responsible court told the German Press Agency.
The deadline for Hernández is now. First of all, Bavaria’s record purchase of around 80 million euros is expected aboard the Munich special plane that takes off for Lisbon on Tuesday afternoon. Three days after the 5-1 show of power at Bayer Leverkusen, Hernández will also play a key role in the Champions League guest appearance at Benfica on Wednesday (9pm / DAZN). Coach Julian Nagelsmann is happy with this planning certainty, especially since Hernández had an “outstanding” game against Leverkusen.
Madrid court decides on appeal
The fact that the professional actually has to go to a Spanish prison of his choice also depends on the decision of the Superior Regional Court of Madrid on his appeal. However, if he is still not available on October 28, Hernández must be detained. In the worst case scenario for him and the club, he would be absent from Munich until April 2022.
The former Atlético de Madrid defender is said to be jailed for ignoring a court ruling. It is a violation of an approach and contact prohibition, dating back to a violent dispute with his then-girlfriend and now his wife, years ago. “This is a private matter, which you should also keep private,” Nagelsmann told BR television, asking them to rate Hernandez’s soccer performance.
With Hernandez expected to return to the Bavarian capital on Monday, he should be in the last training session on Tuesday in Munich with the team for the next round of 16 victory. “Lucas is a guy you can always trust, in every situation. We assume he will deliver superior performance and can put this story aside for 90 minutes,” said CEO Oliver Kahn even before the Leverkusen gala.
Davies is also threatened with failure
Even though Hernández can now play Benfica, Nagelsmann may have to break his starting unit in the last three games as left-back Alphonso Davies, who is strong in Leverkusen, is threatened with the sideline. The 20-year-old was replaced in the 40th minute due to thigh problems. “We hope he’s lucky. He felt a slight pain in his thigh,” Nagelsmann said. “We have to see if it is enough for Wednesday.”
Hernandez, who Nagelsmann witnessed the “best performance of the season”, and Davies were solid mainstays in the starting line-ups against Dynamo Kiev (5: 0), Eintracht Frankfurt (1: 2) and Leverkusen. The gala against the desperately overwhelmed Werkself confirmed Nagelsmann’s current recipe for success, which is based on personal consistency. “When you bring in new people, you need structure and stability,” the coach said of his approach.
Its stars share this point of view, at least those who have been on the field from the beginning. According to Joshua Kimmich, the team played “gigantic”, with “speed, depth and goal danger,” the international said. “We have a team,” his colleague Leon Goretzka tweeted, adding a fist as an emoji as a symbol of strength.
Bayern’s appearance impressed the competition
Nagelsmann took the bankers on board early Sunday; after all, FC Bayern led 5-0 after an incredible 37 minutes. Robert Lewandowski initially secured a 2-0 lead (minutes 4 and 30). Thomas Müller (34th) and Serge Gnabry then encountered a double pack (35th / 37th) almost every minute. Patrik Schick’s goal for Leverkusen (55th) was nothing more than a blot from Munich’s point of view.
FC Bayern’s gala performance in Leverkusen also made a strong impression in Portugal. “Terrifying Bavaria” was the headline of the specialized newspaper “Record” on Monday. “That scares you!” “O Jogo” described the Bundesliga leaders as a “deadly machine” that was “well oiled” for the match at the Estadio da Luz. Bayern had “crushed” Leverkusen and “rested” at the same time.
Whether with Hernández and Davies or without them, FC Bayern will be the big favorites in the third game of the group stage of the Champions League. Benfica fought to a 2-1 draw in the second division CD Trofense in the weekend’s cup. “I was expecting more. That was not good for Wednesday either,” coach Jorge Jesús said.
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