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FC Bayern’s defensive plans are so risky

Although FC Bayern’s defense has become more stable than last year, a look into the near future raises some questions. The millionaire investments of recent years have not yet paid off as hoped.

80 million euros for Lucas Hernández and 35 million euros for Benjamin Pavard in 2019, 42 million euros for Dayot Upamecano last summer: in recent years, FC Bayern has invested over 150 million euros in the upheaval of the defensive department.

Veterans Mats Hummels and Jérome Boateng and especially David Alaba, who had been shaping the defense for years, have turned their backs on Monaco.

The problem is that large investments have not paid off as hoped so far. FC Bayern are still looking for a defensive line-up that can shape the coming years.

Existing staff appear to be at least partially capable of doing this. The adjustments currently underway in the Bavarian capital are all the more surprising.

With Niklas Süle you let go of the best duel of the regulars (64.54 percent of duels won). According to the “Bild” podcast “Bayern Insider”, Munich was simply not prepared to raise the salary by eight million euros, which is manageable by Bayern’s standards. From the club’s point of view, it is at least a shame that Süle – on a free transfer – joins longtime rival Borussia Dortmund.

Basket after basket for FC Bayern

To make matters worse, the search for a replacement meant basket after basket: the alleged dream player Andreas Christensen prefers to move from Chelsea to FC Barcelona, ​​DFB star Antonio Rüdiger is also turning his back on the Blues and should sign at the Real Madrid and the Bundesliga Nico Schlotterbeck is said to have hesitated too long at Bayern Munich. Despite a supposedly better offer, the new national player eventually joined the BVB, who were arguably more enthusiastic.

And Bayern? Apparently, Säbener Straße’s decision was made without further delay to forgo a new outside signing for central defense and instead order Benjamin Pavard to center defense. A role that the Frenchman has already played successfully at VfB Stuttgart and which should suit him better personally than the right-back position he usually holds in Munich. A risky bet, no doubt.

Pavard’s change of position is compensated by Noussair Mazraoui: according to the media, the fact that the Moroccan arrives from Ajax Amsterdam on a free transfer is fixed, but the central defense is not exactly richly manned.

Extensions force FC Bayern to exercise restraint

If you now also include the fact that Upamecano and Hernández have not yet managed to fully convince, the latter also has a swollen injury folder in his luggage and tempers would be divided over the talented Tanguy Nianzou, the reluctant former of the Monaco team is all the more. amazing.

The reason, however, is likely to be as profane as it is revealing: the corona pandemic didn’t exactly benefit FC Bayern’s much-praised fixed-term deposit account.

A lot of money was and is needed for 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 pinches not only on the defensive.

With Ryan Gravenberch, a young midfielder is rumored to be moving to Monaco. It is said that he will have a maturity of between 25 and 35 million euros. There are also rumors about the offensive department. However, no big revenue is in sight at the moment.

I develop a warning sign for FC Bayern

However, since the Monaco team’s self-image includes year-over-year competition for the Champions League title with powdered competition from billionaire investors, a healthy dose of creativity is needed. And who knows, maybe Pavard’s move to the center of defense will prove to be a stroke of genius.

However, development is always a warning sign. For comparison: at the start of FC Bayern’s league series in the 2012/13 season, he rarely conceded more than 20 goals and in 2015/16 even conceded a record 17 goals. Since 2018 the value has consistently been above 30. The 44 goals conceded in the previous year were the lowest point.

Marc Affelt

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