Three reasons why Bayern Munich are getting it wrong
Charlie Dear | 9 October 2018
Has the international break come at just the right time?
As the Lederhosen gets folded away and the last steins of bier were finished off at the weekend, Bavaria wasn’t just in mourning for the end of yet another Oktoberfest.
They were also left trying to come to terms with this wretched run of form for their leading football team.
Bayern Munich 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday means they sit outside the top four as they endure a stuttering start to Niko Kovac’s reign in charge.
The Coral News Team take a look at just what’s going wrong at the Allianz Arena…
Die FCB still have Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben roaring up and down the flanks in 2018. The pair are now 34 and 35-years-old respectively.
Boss Kovac has tried to freshen up his squad, by recalling Serge Gnabry from loan but wasn’t helped by the long-term injury to French flyer Kingsley Coman on match-day one.
Thomas Muller can still chip in with goals but doesn’t necessarily look like the constant threat that won FIFA’s Golden Ball in the 2014 World Cup.
Manuel Neuer hasn’t looked too convincing either this term. It’s without question these players have the experience but do they have the hunger and stomach for the fight?
Injuries to key men
James Rodriguez reportedly questioned Kovac’s experience for a job of this stature in German newspaper Bild recently.
However, the lack of cohesion isn’t all down to him. Coman sustained a serious injury that has robbed Kovac of a genuine starter in his team.
The absence of both Corentin Tolisso and notably Rafinha has robbed him of much-needed cut and thrust in midfield and full-back areas.
This has meant recent break-out star Joshua Kimmich was switched to left-back where his great strength of crossing on the run has been nullified.
Need to rediscover their slick football
A raft of individual mistakes has ravaged this miserable four-game run. Neuer and Thiago Alcantara were culpable in the loss to Die Fohlen whilst Jerome Boateng gifted a penalty to Hertha Berlin the previous week.
They stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Ajax in the Champions League as they struggle to find top gear.
For all his qualities on the ball, Thiago isn’t the ideal holding midfielder and finding a spot for new signing Leon Goretzka as well as re-integrating Renato Sanches has been tough.
The two-week hiatus could be just what Kovac and Bayern need to get back on track.
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