Germany lamented the shattered hopes of witnessing an all-German Champions League final following Bayern Munich’s devastating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, culminating in a 4-3 loss on aggregate. With the Spanish side advancing to face Borussia Dortmund in London on 1 June, Bild provided a detailed account of the agony leading to the “bitter defeat just before the end.”

Welt emphasized the bitter sense of déjà vu for Bayern, likening the loss to the unforgettable 2-1 defeat against Manchester United in the final twenty-five years ago. Madrid’s display of “more momentum and power” against the injury-hit German side was duly noted.

Thomas Tuchel acknowledged the need for Bayern to come to terms with the “absolute disaster,” particularly a fateful offside call and a rare error from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Despite the disappointment, Tuchel commended his team for leaving everything on the pitch, ensuring no regrets.

Spiegel criticized Tuchel’s last-minute alterations to the lineup, reminiscent of past failed experiments in the Champions League. The article also highlighted Bayern’s struggles against Madrid, with the Spanish side now favored to triumph over Dortmund.

Süddeutsche Zeitung captured the contrasting atmospheres at the Bernabéu, where the valiant Munich fans were outnumbered. Real Madrid’s late victory, aided by a controversial offside call, was described as a testament to their resilience.

The disallowed goal by Matthijs de Ligt in added time, which could have leveled the score for Bayern, sparked debate. While Süddeutsche expressed skepticism over the immediate decision, Welt defended the call upon further review, marking a disappointing end to Bayern’s trophy-less season and denying Tuchel a triumphant farewell.