National crisis at Bayern Munich
Nagelsmann “Trainee Trainer” in the crossfire of criticism
By Stephan Uersfeld
Bayern Munich suddenly stopped winning games. The season ticket champion collapses to fifth place in the Bundesliga. Since this happens so rarely, the experts fall on the club. Coach Julian Nagelsmann is at the center of criticism. The suspect: he has lost the cabin! Thomas Müller has an idea.
Four winless games, only fifth place in the Bundesliga after seven days, five points behind leaders Union Berlin, the longest winless phase in 20 years: the unexpected crisis of FC Bayern Munich is a celebration for those who explain to the world, for those who understand everything and those who do not play. Coach Julian Nagelsmann is at the center of criticism from inside and outside. But Joshua Kimmich, Sadio Mané and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić, much celebrated for his transfers in the summer, also got fat. It is the golden age of the experts.
Markus Babbel, former European champion and former Bayern player, is one of them. Lead the ranks of critics. The 50-year-old asks for an immediate return to the road to success and sees Nagelsmann as a duty. According to Babbel on Sky, he is “still a Bayern trainee”, a “very talented coach”, but now he must “learn quickly” and “make a mark”. A sign that must not stop with the big names. “Then you have to put Kimmich on the bench”, he asked him and attacked the national team. He acts without discipline, “does gymnastics everywhere, but not where he should play” and bets his position.
Steam talker Mario Basler, on the other hand, sees Sadio Mané as a duty. The world star, who landed in Munich with great applause, is in a mysterious form crisis. She doesn’t score anymore. “It pisses me off the way people attack Julian or the coaches. What can Julian do about it if Sané runs three times to the door and doesn’t put him in? Julian is a great coach,” Basler raged on Sport1 at the start of the week.
Criticism opened by the team
But it is not just the usual ferocious experts who live in crises and whose opinions must always polarize. The criticisms also come from within the team. He is still reserved and carried forward from the rear ranks of the hierarchy. But resentment is also spreading in the team. is fermenting
With 18.5 million euros the newly acquired Ryan Gravenberch, for example. When asked by ESPN if he was dissatisfied with FC Bayern, he replied: “To be honest, yes I am. You want to play, but the manager chooses other players. I have to accept that, but it’s difficult. To be honest ., I expected more minutes. ”
Things are getting ready in the locker room, which, according to an account of the not always reliable but always opinionated “Sport Bild”, is slowly turning against the coach. You can read about a “breaking test” there. We remember the expulsions of Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac. With an addition “it’s not that far yet”. But it’s brewing. As the summary suggests. The mistake, it says, is to look for the “most powerful cabin in the championship” with Nagelsmann and not with himself.
What Nagelsmann is accused of
It shouldn’t just be about the 35-year-old’s fashionable appearance, not just about his relationship with a “Bild” editor, as suggested Monday in “Kicker”, but also about tactical considerations, substitutions and rotation, which is said to have caused a ” shaking of the head “in the circle of the team. In addition to an efficiency crisis, chances conversion was only 10.5 percent recently, so there are team problems and doubts about the manager’s leadership.
In addition to Gravenberch, among the dissatisfied there would also be the national Jamal Musiala. He also wants more time to play and also knows, as the “footballer” writes, that behind him are the powerful decision maker Salihamidžić and the technical director Marco Neppe. Salihamidžić himself is also under pressure. After Lewandowski’s departure, he decided not to transfer a classic number nine and relied on the outside Mané. Also because Bayern did not find an agreement with Erling Haaland. In the midst of the resurgence of classic strikers, Bayern have followed Bayern’s path. It’s a bumpy start in the beginning. One that has currently led to a winless streak that is almost unprecedented in this millennium.
To top it off, captain Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka’s corona infections are now added. In 2022, of course, this will all be far less dramatic than the previous year. But there is a risk of prolonged downtime. Already next Friday he is against Bayer Leverkusen. Anything less than a win would only fuel the debate further. Any failure weighs heavily in this situation.
Thomas Müller watches the sunset
So the question remains: how can Bayern come out stronger from this crisis, which can almost be described as historic? Ralf Rangnick advises to stick to the coach, to give him time and not to get involved in the debates that are unfolding with great joy. The man who once led Nagelsmann to Leipzig sees Bayern on the right track. Unlike the always enthusiastic experts, he relies on patience. A quality almost lost in football.
“He showed last year and at the beginning of the season that he can not only lead the team, but also make them play exciting football,” the national coach of Austria told the newspaper “Bild”: “After the departure of Robert Lewandowski needs some time. ” A different game system, different ways to score and a number of new players. Time doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
Expert Thomas Müller has a completely different idea. The national player recently clicked “Like” again on the social network LinkedIn. A motivational saying had made him. There, a romantic photo with a sunset said, “Be so positive that negative people don’t want to be around you.” Life can be that easy. Now the results must be right. Then the state crisis will pass quickly and Müller will meet much more positive people again.