Bayern Munich: A team missing the ‘X Factor’!
For the last ten years FC Bayern Munich has kept themselves among the European elites.German league saw the club ruling domestic cups all these years and maintaining a consistency in the European club competitions.They had the arguably the best squad during the UEFA Champions League triumph in 2012-13 season followed by the FIFA Club World Cup win.
Boasting as one of the finest squads with the likes of speedy Robben-Ribery duo on the flanks and goal-machine Lewadowski supported by the class of Xabi Alonso and Lahm,the club struck fears in the heart of every opponent they faced.
But the end of the last season saw two key players Philip Lahm and Xabi Alonso retiring. The summer tranfer market saw Tolisso and James Rodriguez signing up for the Bavarians.
While Tolisso and Kimmich have shown good traits but it is still very early to predict whether they are capable of filling up the voids left by Alonso and Lahm.The two backups of the duo Robben and Ribery were supposed to be Coman and Douglas Costa,the latter being transfered to Juventus this transfer window.
One of the key reasons behind Bayern’s success was their holding of the ball, rapid counter attacks through the wings and inch perfect crosses leading to goals. Now as Douglas Costa is gone, it has only reduced the depth and options in the wings for Ancelotti. Coman has been good playing 10 games last league season and coming as a sub twice this season with one assist-good but yet not great.
There had been offers for the two ageing wingers Ribery and Robben, one 34 and another 33 from China, which they rejected. Now as a result of further ageing Shanghai SIPG director Mats Davidsen said they are no longer wanted at this stage of their career.
Davidsen told in an interview:
“It’s a misconception that makes me really angry when players in Europe believe they can freely choose the time to move to China.”
“This was the situation three or four years ago but those times are over.”
The club’s loopholes and weaknesses are visible in their last two UCL exits cheaply,throwing away DFB Pokal to rivals Dortmund and recent defeat against Hoffenheim.
The lack of performances has led to frustations leading to news of key striker Lewadowski willing to leave the club. In case that happens, then young guns like Timo Werner who has been highly linked to other European giants may well be an option to fill the big boots which would be left by the Polish hitman.
Too early to judge a club maybe especially of this calibre, but with key players leaving the club it’s time they should start thinking about life after the departure of their key forwards.
Dietmar Hamann told:
‘The Bayern squad just keeps getting older,’
We should not forget that the core of this team has been playing at the highest level for about 10 years. It is only logical things are no longer what they used to be. And young players such as Renato Sanches and Kingsley Coman have failed to impress this season.
”They might still get away with it in the Bundesliga, but it will get difficult against Europe’s finest.”,
The current situation of the Bavarian giants is probably most appropriately explained by legendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi,
“When I look at Bayern, I see a team that lacks enthusiasm”.
The former student of Sacchi who is now at the helm of Bayern, should find a way out to inject that missing ‘Enthusiasm’ to the team before it gets too late!