With the tenth German championship in a row in his pocket, a sluggish FC Bayern went 3-1 in FC Bayern on Saturday. A sportingly insignificant bankruptcy that nevertheless conjured up dark clouds in the sky over Säbener Straße. In any case, the title can not hide the fact that a new era has arisen for the industry leader.
The bankruptcy of 1. FSV Mainz 05 marked FC Bayern’s fifth Bundesliga defeat this season. The last time you so often left the field as a loser was in the 2014/15 season. If you go empty-handed again in the league’s final sprint, there is even a risk of a new negative value since the start of the championship series ten years ago.
In light of the twelve points ahead, BVB actually “pursues” a minor circumstance, combined with the early and above all crashing elimination in the DFB Cup against Gladbach (0: 5) and the embarrassing finish in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against the outsiders Villarreal, but still more like a pointer.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann also makes no secret of the fact that first place in the league is just the minimum requirement for his first period at Bayern Munich. “If I did not get them, I would not be a coach here anymore,” the 34-year-old admitted, even before the title was secured.
FC Bayern “currently no team”
In the end, Nagelsmann will have the chance to do better in 2022/23. However, the coach should not worry too much about one or the other league bankruptcy, but rather the unusually loud noise of recent months.
There would be: A more than dubious behavior of the club’s superior at the annual general meeting. A Robert Lewandowski who openly and above all publicly questions his employer’s behavior in poker about his contract extension. An openly frustrated Leroy Sané, who evaporates offended into the catacombs, or Nagelsmann himself, who generously opened up after the Mainz debacle: FC Bayern have reached a point where we need to change something. ”
Public encounters are suddenly a part of everyday life in Munich.
If you are to believe the media, things are really bubbling up: The “kicker” wants to know that there is a crisis both on and off the field – “stronger than it seems”.
“L’Équipe” reports on tensions between Nagelsmann and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, which are caused by the various assessments of Tanguy Nianzou’s performance, and ex-professional Dietmar Hamann even talks to “Bild” about a “break in Munich’s locker room”. “They are not a team for me at the moment,” Hamann said.
Bayern Munich trip causes anger
What stands out in this context is the surprising calm that radiates from the management floor.
While former president Uli Hoeneß and former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would have shot poisoned arrows at each other with such statements and were not over themselves by sometimes using absurd statements to draw attention away from the team to their person, the new Bayern- triumvirate for sports. CEO Salihamidzic, President Herbert Hainer and CEO Oliver Kahn are mostly silent. According to “Sport Bild”, Kahn in particular should toast with his reserved nature in the club.
This also applies to the latest about FC Bayern, which keeps the media in suspense: A team trip to Ibiza after the not so brilliant performance in Mainz.
While DFB’s record international player Lothar Matthäus or Hertha coach Felix Magath and Co. Speaking of the pleasure trip to the ground in the middle of the league final, Salihamidzic flatly denied in an interview with “Bild”: “Last week, the players informed us that what they want to spend the two training-free days in the group on Ibiza. We accepted it as a team-building- measure. “
Hoeneß and Rummenigge, on the other hand, as Matthäus is sure in his “Sky” column, “would never have let the team fly away for two days after a 1: 3 in Mainz”.
It was to be expected that the resignation of the two club greats who characterized FC Bayern for decades would not go unnoticed by the people of Munich. Developments in the current season are likely to have surprised quite a few people in the Bavarian capital.
In the end, critics will probably only keep quiet when it comes to excellent sports performance. If these do not become a reality, things can get really uncomfortable at FC Bayern in the coming season.