National crisis in Bayern Munich
“Trainee trainer” Nagelsmann in the crossfire of criticism
Author: Stephan Uersfeld
Bayern Munich suddenly stopped winning matches. The subscription champion slips to fifth place in the Bundesliga. Because it happens so rarely, experts fall for the club. Coach Julian Nagelsmann is the target of criticism. Suspicion: lost the cabin! Thomas Müller has an idea.
Four games without a win, only fifth in the Bundesliga after seven games, five points behind leaders Union Berlin, longest winless streak in 20 years: FC Bayern Munich’s unexpected crisis is a celebration for those who explain the world, for those who understand everything and those who don’t play. Coach Julian Nagelsmann is the center of criticism from inside and outside. But Joshua Kimmich, Sadio Mané and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić, who was so celebrated for his transfers in the summer, are also gaining weight. It is the heyday of experts.
Markus Babbel, former European champion and ex-Bayern player, is one of them. He leads the ranks of critics. The 50-year-old demands an immediate return to the road to success and considers Nagelsmann an obligation. According to Babbel on Sky, he is “still a Bayern protege”, a “great coaching talent”, but one who now needs to “learn quickly” and “make his mark”. A brand that shouldn’t stop at really big names. “Then you have to put Kimmich on the bench,” he demanded, attacking the international. He acts without discipline, “practices everywhere but where he should play” and gambles with his position.
Steam talker Mario Basler, on the other hand, sees Sadio Mané as an obligation. The world star, who landed in Munich to great applause, is in a mysterious form of crisis. He doesn’t score anymore. “It annoys me how people attack Julian or the coaches. What can Julian do about it when Sané runs to the goal three times and doesn’t put him in? Julian is an excellent coach,” raged Basler at the start of Sport1. week.
Open criticism from the team
But it doesn’t just stop with the usual hard-hitting experts who live off crises and whose opinions must always polarize. Criticism also comes from within the team. He is still reserved and is brought from the back ranks of the hierarchy. But resentment also spreads within the cadre. it ferments
For example, with the 18.5 million euro new signing of Ryan Gravenberch. Asked by ESPN if he was unhappy with FC Bayern, he said: “To be honest, yes, I am. You want to play, but the coach chooses other players. I have to accept it, but it’s difficult. To be honest. “I waited more minutes .”
In the dressing room, which, according to the report of the not always reliable, but always opinionated “Sport Bild”, is slowly turning against the coach, it is coming. There you can read about the “breaking test”. He remembers the expulsion of Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac. With the addition “it’s not that far yet”. But it’s already cooking. As the summary suggests. The mistake, they say, is to look for “the most powerful cabin in the league” with Nagelsmann and not with yourself.
What Nagelsmann is accused of
It should not only be about the fashionable appearance of the thirty-five-year-old man, not only about his relationship with the editor of “Bild”, as was already indicated on Monday in “Kicker”, but also about tactical considerations, substitutions and rotations, which allegedly caused “head shaking” in the team circle. In addition to the crisis of efficiency, the conversion of chances has been only 10.5 percent recently, so there are problems in the team and doubts about the leadership of the coach.
In addition to Gravenberch, representative Jamal Musiala is said to be among the dissatisfied. He also wants more playing time and also knows, as he writes “kick”, that behind him is the powerful decision-making body Salihamidžić and technical director Marco Neppe. Even Salihamidžić himself is under pressure. After the departure of Lewandowski, he decided not to transfer the classic nine and relied on the winger Mané. Also because Bayern did not agree with Erling Haaland. In the midst of a renaissance of classic strikers, Bayern went the Bayern way. It’s a tumultuous start at first. One that has currently resulted in a winless streak that is almost unprecedented in this millennium.
The coronaviruses of captain Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka have now added to everything. In 2022, of course, all of this will be far less dramatic than in the previous year. However, there is a risk of longer downtimes. Next Friday they will start against Bayer Leverkusen. Anything less than a win would only fuel the debate. Any failure in this situation weighs heavily.
Thomas Müller watches the sunset
So the question remains: How can Bayern emerge stronger from this crisis, which can almost be described as historic? Ralf Rangnick advises to stick with the coach, give him time and not get involved in debates, which are conducted with great pleasure. The man who once guided Nagelsmann to Leipzig sees Bayern on course. Unlike the eternally enthusiastic experts, he bets on patience. An almost lost quality in football.
“Last year and at the beginning of the season, he proved that he can not only lead the team, but also let them play exciting football,” the Austrian national team coach told “Bildu”: “After the departure of Robert Lewandowski, he needs some time.” Different game system, different ways of scoring and a number of new players.Time doesn’t seem like a bad idea to me.
Old man Thomas Müller has a completely different idea. The international recently clicked ‘Like’ again on LinkedIn. It made him a motivational saying. A romantic sunset picture said, “Be so positive that negative people don’t want to be around you.” Life can be so easy. Now the results must be correct. Then the state crisis will be quickly averted and Müller will meet much more positive people again.