Bayern Munich are four games without a win and sit sixth in the Bundesliga. They were held at home in the Champions League by Ajax. The question comes as what’s wrong with the German champions, reports One Football.
For the first time since April-May 2015, Bayern Munich have failed to win three consecutive Bundesliga matches. In their defence, they’d already won the league by the time that happened in the 2014/15 season.
The last time Bayern didn’t win three Bundesliga games in a row and it actually mattered was early in September 2010, when they went on to finish third.
On top of that, they were held by Ajax in the Champions League. At the Allianz Arena. That game ended a run of 12 consecutive home wins in the Champions League group stages.
Bayern have averaged 64.9% possession in the Bundesliga so far this season. The onus is on them to plan things with the ball, not against it. That’s a new test for Kovač and – so far- he’s not nailing it.
Bayern Munich have the oldest and thinnest squad in the Bundesliga. Kingsley Coman – who missed almost the entire second half of last season – is a superb player but his injury in the opening game of the season has ruled him out long term.
That leaves 34-year-old Arjen Robben and 35-year-old Franck Ribéry with 13 Bundesliga and Champions League starts between them already this season. Which is too many, especially if they are to be used throughout the entire campaign.
With Corentin Tolisso out long-term, the club are suddenly relying on Renato Sanches to perform. Meanwhile, injuries have also struck Rafinha and David Alaba, forcing Leon Goretzka to play in defence at the end of the defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Bayern have 19 senior outfield players. Of those, nine are 29 or older. Just five are under 24 years old.
It’s surprising but it’s true. Augsburg pressed high at the Allianz Arena and barely conceded a chance. When they went behind, they didn’t crumble but stayed in the game until they scored with a late set piece.
Hertha BSC had the gumption to attack Bayern from the off and it paid off, the same goes for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
And then there was Ajax, the most worrying Bayern performance of the season so far. With an early goal, the Bundesliga giants would have been expected to run away with the game. Instead they let Ajax back into it. In the second half, only the away side looked like taking home all three points.
Teams aren’t afraid of facing Bayern anymore and they don’t think they’ve lost when they go behind. That hasn’t been the case in years.
Two men rule the roost at the Allianz Arena: club president Uli Hoeneß and chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Both legendary players, the pair have control of the club now.
That’s a problem when they don’t always agree. Nor does sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić.
This seems like a problem, right? When the three decision makers at the club can’t see eye-to-eye on how to run the club, you have a problem.
Bayern missed out on Thomas Tuchel because they couldn’t unanimously decide to appoint him. Then they ended up with third choice Niko Kovač.
In the transfer market, Hoeneß believed the squad was deep enough (to the extent Bayern even sold Sebastian Rudy and Juan Bernat without signing replacements) so nobody was signed.
Bayern Munich are in trouble and they lack clear direction. Whatever the players, the coach, the fans do, responsibility lies with the men controlling the club.