The new reality of Bayern

With the tenth consecutive German league in his pocket, a listless FC Bayern player scored 3-1 at FC Bayern last Saturday. A sportingly insignificant failure, which nevertheless conjured up dark clouds in the sky above Säbener Straße. In any case, the title cannot hide the fact that a new era has begun for the industry leader.

The failure of 1. FSV Mainz 05 meant FC Bayern’s fifth Bundesliga defeat of the current season. The last time you left the pitch as an underdog that often was in the 2014/15 season. If we go empty-handed again in the final championship sprint, there is even the risk of a new negative value since the beginning of the championship series ten years ago.

Given the twelve-point advantage over the “pursuer” BVB in reality a minor circumstance, combined with the early elimination and, above all, crashed in the DFB Cup against Gladbach (0: 5) and the embarrassing conclusion in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against the Villarreal outsiders but even more as a pointer.

Even coach Julian Nagelsmann makes no secret of the fact that first place in the league is only the minimum requirement of his first term at Bayern Munich. “If I hadn’t taken them, I wouldn’t be the manager here anymore,” admitted the 34-year-old even before the title was secured.

FC Bayern “currently no team”

Eventually, Nagelsmann will have a chance to do better in 2022/23. However, the manager shouldn’t worry too much about the failure of one or the other championship, but rather about the unusually loud noise of the last few months.

There would be: More than questionable behavior of club superiors at the annual general meeting. A Robert Lewandowski who openly and, above all, publicly questions his employer’s behavior in poker regarding his contract extension. An obviously frustrated Leroy Sané, who vanishes offended in the catacombs, or Nagelsmann himself, who opened generously after the Mainz debacle: FC Bayern have reached a point where we need to change something. ”

Public skirmishes are suddenly part of everyday life in Munich.

If you believe the media, things are really boiling: the “kicker” wants to know that there is a crisis both on and off the pitch – “stronger than it looks”.

“L’Équipe” reports the tensions between Nagelsmann and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, caused by the different assessments of Tanguy Nianzou’s performance, and former professional Dietmar Hamann even talks to “Bild” about a “break in the Munich locker room”. “They are not a team for me at the moment,” Hamann said.

Bayern Munich’s away match provokes resentment

What stands out in this context is the surprising calm that emanates from the executive floor.

While former president Uli Hoeneß and former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would have shot poisoned arrows with such statements and were not above them using sometimes abstruse statements to divert attention from the team to their person, the new Bayern’s sporting triumvirate playmaker Salihamidzic, president Herbert Hainer and CEO Oliver Kahn are mostly mute. According to “Sport Bild”, Kahn in particular should toast to his reserved nature in the club.

This also applies to the last thing for FC Bayern, which keeps the media in suspense: a team trip to Ibiza after a less-than-glorious performance in Mainz.

While DFB record player Lothar Matthäus or Hertha manager Felix Magath and Co. talked about the pleasure trip ashore in the middle of the championship final, Salihamidzic flatly dismissed in an interview with “Bild” : “Last week the players informed us that they want to spend the two days without training in the group in Ibiza. We have accepted it as a team building measure.”

Hoeneß and Rummenigge, on the other hand, as Matthäus is certain in his “Sky” column, “would never have let the team fly away for two days after the 1: 3 in Mainz”.

It was to be expected that the resignations of the two big clubs, which have shaped FC Bayern for decades, would not go unnoticed by the people of Munich. The developments of the current season should have surprised quite a few people in the Bavarian capital.

Ultimately, critics will likely remain silent when it comes to outstanding sporting achievements. If these don’t materialize, things could get really uncomfortable at FC Bayern next season.

Marc Affelt

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