Bavaria’s loss of control: Munich rumbles for three reasons

Munich – Stuttgart will be a character test for the stars of FC Bayern – it has been clear since the events of last weekend.

The disappointing performance in 1: 3 in Mainz and the subsequent trip for the majority of the team to the party island Ibiza made the competitors from the Bundesliga shake their heads – and also triggered internal discussions.

The timing of the trip is considered extremely unfortunate by the coaching staff, so Julian Nagelsmann expects a reaction against VfB, who are threatened with relegation, on Sunday (17.30 on DAZN and in AZ’s live ticker). Also to refute the allegation of possible distortion of competition.

Matthäus is also concerned with FC Bayern’s external image

“The season lasts until the last match day for all teams,” said Hertha coach Felix Magath, who is also battling for relegation with his team, after Bayern’s Mainz defeat: “I do not know why a team can say we are not playing. until the end of this season and ends three weeks before. “

Instead of Munich, Sky expert Lothar Matthäus would have banned the trip to Ibiza, “also because of FC Bayern’s external image,” as he said: “Bayern fans get angry – and then the players go on holiday …”

Even more worrying than the tour itself is the overall impression, which now solidifies towards the end of Nagelsmann’s first season. The coach and his superiors Hasan Salihamidzic and Oliver Kahn do not always seem to have the team under control. Can this go well for a long time? AZ explains the Bavarian loss of control.

FC Bayern: What about the players’ discipline?

Nagelsmann first found out about the team’s Ibiza plans on Thursday, according to AZ information, and he let his players do their thing. But why really? What a strong statement it would have been from him to ban the trip after the desolate performance in Mainz – Nagelsmann might not have made himself more popular with the team, but he would have gained authority.

Hard to imagine that the initiators Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and Lucas Hernández under Hansi Flick or Jupp Heynckes should have dared to arrange such a short holiday during the season.

In addition to the unfortunate image from the outside, Salihamidzic wanted to sell the trip as a valuable “team-building measure”. While the coaching staff had a very different opinion, who was critical of Trip. There is also room for improvement in internal communication. Especially since Salihamidzic could in advance have – or had to – ban the trip as sports director.

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Bayern have won their tenth championship in a row, but captain Manuel Neuer will receive the trophy on Sunday after the Stuttgart match. In the DFB Cup and in the Champions League, however, Munich were eliminated far too soon given their own high standards. Due to unexplained blackouts of the whole team as 0: 5 in Gladbach and 0: 1 in Villarreal – and due to weaknesses in the form of stars like Leroy Sané, Kimmich, Gnabry, Dayot Upamecano or Thomas Müller during the season.

Nagelsmann seemed perplexed in his analyzes of the fluctuations in his stars, but he also did not have the high-quality alternatives on the bench. Salihamidzic and Kahn are in charge of the squad.

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