Although FC Bayern’s defense has become more stable compared to last year, a look into the near future raises a few questions. The million-dollar investments of recent years have not yet paid off as hoped.
80 million euros to Lucas Hernández and 35 million euros to Benjamin Pavard in 2019, 42 million euros to Dayot Upamecano last summer: FC Bayern have in recent years invested over 150 million euros in the overthrow of the defense department.
Veterans Mats Hummels and Jérome Boateng and above all David Alaba, who had shaped the defense for years, turned their backs on Munich.
The catch is that the large investments have not borne fruit as hoped so far. FC Bayern are still looking for a defensive formation that can shape the next few years.
It seems that the existing staff is at least only partially capable of it. The adjustments currently being made in the Bavarian state capital are all the more surprising.
With Niklas Süle, you let the best duel of the regular players (64.54 percent won duels) go. According to the “Bild” podcast “Bayern Insider”, Munich was simply not willing to increase the salary by eight million euros, which is manageable by Bayern standards. From the club’s point of view, it is at least unfortunate that Süle – on a free transfer – joins longtime rival Borussia Dortmund.
Basket after basket for FC Bayern
To make matters worse, the hunt for a replacement meant basket after basket: the supposed dream player Andreas Christensen prefers to switch from Chelsea to FC Barcelona, DFB star Antonio Rüdiger also turns his back on the blues and is expected to sign for Real Madrid and Bundesliga should High-flyer Nico Schlotterbeck have hesitated too long in Bayern Munich. Despite an allegedly better offer, the new national player eventually came to BVB, who were probably more eager.
And FC Bayern? Apparently, the decision on Säbener Straße was taken without further ado to waive an external new signing for the central defense and instead order Benjamin Pavard into the center of the defense. A role that the Frenchman has already played successfully in VfB Stuttgart, and which should suit him better personally than the right-back position he usually has in Munich. A risky bet, no doubt.
Pavard’s change of position is compensated for by Noussair Mazraoui: According to media reports, it is clear that the Moroccan comes from Ajax Amsterdam on a free transfer, but the central defense is not exactly lavishly manned.
Extensions force FC Bayern to show restraint
If one now also takes into account that Upamecano and Hernández have not yet been able to fully convince, the latter also has a bulging injury file in his luggage, and the mood is said to have been shared by the talent Tanguy Nianzou, Munich’s former reluctance. the team is so much the more surprising.
However, the reason is probably as profane as it is revealing: the Corona pandemic has not exactly done FC Bayern’s highly acclaimed time-limited deposit account any good.
There was and is a lot of money needed for the extensions with superstars Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman and the ongoing talks with Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski or Manuel Neuer and the shoe is not just squeezing on the defensive.
With Ryan Gravenberch, a young midfielder is said to be moving to Munich. It is said that he has to pay between 25 and 35 million euros. There are also rumors about the offensive department. However, large revenues are not currently in sight.
Development of a warning sign for FC Bayern
But as the Munich team’s self-image includes competing year after year for the Champions League title with competition powdered by billionaire investors, a good portion of creativity is required. And who knows, maybe Pavard’s transfer to central defense will prove to be a stroke of genius.
However, the development is always a warning sign. For comparison: At the beginning of FC Bayern’s championship series in the 2012/13 season, they rarely conceded more than 20 goals and in 2015/16 they even conceded a record 17 goals. Since 2018, the value has regularly been above 30. The 44 targets closed in the previous year were the low point.