BERLIN: Munich’s Oktoberfest is in full swing however Germany’s most profitable soccer membership is in no temper to occasion.
Bayern Munich are in disaster after 4 consecutive Bundesliga video games with out a win.
Doubt, uncertainty, disbelief – and anger. They’ve all been evident on the membership since Bavarian rival Augsburg defeated Julian Nagelsmann’s star-studded workforce 1-0 on Saturday.
There was muted enthusiasm from the workforce and officers as they donned their conventional Bavarian outfits to go to the Oktoberfest on Sunday – smiles for the cameras, however little cheer.
The ten-time defending champions had began the season brilliantly, clocking 15 targets and conceding only one of their opening three video games for the most effective begin any workforce has ever made to the Bundesliga.
Then it stopped.
Bayern have not gained since – being held to a few consecutive attracts by Borussia Monchengladbach, Union Berlin and Stuttgart – earlier than Saturday’s shock additionally introduced an finish to Bayern’s league-record of scoring in 87 consecutive video games. Leipzig was the final workforce to carry Bayern scoreless within the Bundesliga on Feb. 9, 2020.
“Within the first three, 4 or 5 weeks we did not enable the opponents any likelihood,” Bayern midfielder Marcel Sabitzer stated, “however then instantly every part was gone.”
It isn’t the primary time Bayern have endured a hangover earlier than the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Niko Kovac’s workforce misplaced earlier than competition visits in 2018 and 2019, whereas Carlo Ancelotti was fired shortly after the workforce’s 2017 go to. Pep Guardiola was the final Bayern coach to supervise a win proper earlier than the Oktoberfest in 2015.
The occasion didn’t happen final 12 months or the 12 months earlier than because of the unpredictable growth of COVID-19 infections and restrictions.
Nagelsmann, who had been anticipated to guide Bayern to greater than “solely” the Bundesliga in his second season in cost, seems stumped, struggling for solutions amid his workforce’s hunch.
“I would like to consider every part, about myself, the state of affairs, about every part,” a visibly peeved Nagelsmann stated within the post-game press convention on Saturday.
Nagelsmann bristled when he was requested if the workforce missed Robert Lewandowski, who switched to Barcelona within the offseason and has continued his goal-scoring methods in Spain.
“It is all the identical what I say,” Nagelsmann stated. “If I say ‘no,’ then everybody will say ‘he does not know the issue,’ and if I say ‘sure,’ you will all write ‘he misses Lewandowski.’ The reply does not matter. “
However it’s clear that Bayern has an issue changing possibilities. The workforce had 19 efforts at objective towards Augsburg – two of these from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – however ultimately it was Neuer’s counterpart Rafał Gikiewicz who was celebrating a number of excellent saves.
Bayern veteran Thomas Müller stated he was “indignant” after the third draw. After the fourth recreation with out a win, he stated, “we’re standing right here shocked and devastated. It matches the climate, it is getting darker. “
Sadio Mane is being criticized for the primary time since becoming a member of from Liverpool. The Senegal star scored three targets in his first three Bundesliga appearances, however none since.
There has additionally been hypothesis about Nagelsmann’s future, with some linking former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel with the membership. Tuchel is offered after he was fired by Chelsea earlier this month.
However each Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and membership president Herbert Hainer stated they had been backing Nagelsmann and weren’t even considering of a change.
“We’re utterly satisfied by Julian Nagelsmann and our entire workforce,” Hainer advised native newspapers Münchner Merkur and TZ. “The season has simply began and we all know we now have the potential to attain our large targets.”
Whereas Bayern are struggling within the Bundesliga, the workforce’s Champions League marketing campaign is off to a profitable begin after victories at Inter Milan and at dwelling over Barcelona.
Inter defender Robin Gosens is shocked by Bayern’s home troubles.
“Once we performed towards Bayern, all of us sat within the dressing room after the sport and thought: ‘Wow, what depth they’ve of their recreation,’” Gosens stated Monday after becoming a member of the remainder of the Germany squad for upcoming internationals. “It is already absolutely the high degree in Europe and on this planet. They took us abruptly, overran us and confirmed twice the depth we did. “
There have been warning indicators, nevertheless, in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Barcelona final week, when the guests created extra possibilities and had been solely caught out by quick-fire targets after the interval.
Then got here the primary lack of the season at modest Augsburg.
The worldwide break is giving Bayern’s gamers and officers time to consider the state of affairs. The following recreation, towards Bayer Leverkusen within the Bundesliga on Sept. 30, will present whether or not that was useful or not.