Bavarian collective failure

The dubious appearance in the 3-0 bankruptcy against Gladbach plunged Bavaria into a major crisis. Within two weeks the world in Munich was thrown out of joint. Thomas Müller speaks of a “brutal situation“.

On Sunday, FC Bayern will have to make an annual appointment. The visit to the Oktoberfest. It is the last day of the Wiesn, usually always a cheerful get-together, there are photos with family, traditional costume and beer mug. In the stadium magazine on Saturday there was a review of the past five decades, one saw funny pictures from earlier times. Gerd Müller, Oliver Kahn, Luca Toni, all in a dazzling mood.

It was unthinkable for Joshua Kimmich that the mood would now be as cheerful as it used to be on the eve of the festive visit: “I can’t imagine,” said the right-back, “that we’ll see many smiling faces there”. Since Saturday evening, after the embarrassing 0:3 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, nobody at FC Bayern is laughing any more.

A situation that seemed unthinkable when the Oktoberfest began on Saturday two weeks ago. The Bavarians poured their opponents at will and won on the first Wiesn day on Schalke 2-0. It was the seventh victory in the seventh compulsory game. But then the world went off the rails, nobody could guess what happened in the four games that followed. As pale and drawn as the players sneaked through the stadium aisles, they looked as if they were going through a creepy and – even worse – never-ending ride with the ghost train on the Wiesn.

At the latest after the lucky 1:1 against Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League one could have expected a defiant reaction against Gladbach. But instead, the Bavarians were again completely out of concept at an early stage. Two individual mistakes by Niklas Süle and Thiago led to the two goals scored by Alassane Pléa (10th) and Lars Stindl (16th). But even there there would have been enough time to turn the game around. There was a similar situation in the home game at the end of January, when the score against Hoffenheim was 0-2 after twelve minutes. The Bavarians shook themselves briefly and played the opponent angrily against the wall, in the end it was 5:2 for the champion, Hoffenheim was thus well served.

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Joshua Kimmich Honours 

Club 

Bayern Munich
  • Bundesliga: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • DFB-Pokal: 2015–16
  • DFL-Supercup: 2016, 2017, 2018

International 

Germany
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2014
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2017

Individual 

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016 
  • UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
  • Germany national team Player of the Year: 2017 
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18 
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2018 

“We have not missed a few chances. We do not have any”

Against Gladbach it looked completely different: hanging heads, resignation, no rebelling. The Munich team seemed to be paralyzed, there were a lot of bad passes, no powerful game structure, which is why the team of coach Dieter Hecking was able to finish the game quite relaxed.

Matthias Ginter was later asked whether the Bavarians had been a grateful opponent that evening. The Gladbacher national player only smiled, out of courtesy to the host he refused a comment. Of course they were a grateful opponent. Because they simply didn’t become dangerous anymore. Even if the Bavarians had chances, it was like in the games against Berlin and Ajax pure coincidence products.

“We have to think about how we can create chances,” said Joshua Kimmich and added dryly: “It wasn’t like we missed out on a lot of chances. We didn’t have any.” The right-back then pushed a nice set after when he said: “The defense isn’t the main problem at all, but every shot against us is a goal.”

All in all: Nothing succeeds in the front, everything fails in the back. A Bavarian collective failure.

For Thomas Müller, it’s “a mixture of mistakes and incompetence. We score too few goals acutely, which creates uncertainty. We just have an anti-run. The situation is brutal for us.” Because they don’t know it like that, because they’re not used to being shown by an opponent in their home arena. “Zero three in Munich,” said Arjen Robben, “that doesn’t happen often.”

Somehow, they had always managed to get their act together after small setbacks and reactivate the old mia-san-mia feeling, but they are now looking for exactly this self-conception, as if they were going through a great identity crisis. Less mia san mia than rather the question: Who san mia?

There were hardly any concise explanations for the continuing misery and for the disastrous performance on Saturday. After all, Mats Hummels paused briefly and analyzed: “We are with too many players in the harmless rooms. That means we don’t have enough people where it hurts the opponent”. In the penalty area, for example, where experience has shown that the greatest danger of scoring a goal occurs. But even on Saturday Robert Lewandowski was once again lonely and lost there, without any ties to his team-mates he just had twelve ball contacts in the whole game. Kaboo Casino offers players a stunning cinematic themed casino site.

Niklas Süle spoke of a “black week” and of a “whirlpool” that you are currently in. After the Wiesn on Sunday, many players will go to the national team. In the past, the Bavarians always complained during international breaks that this would only interrupt the run they were currently running. Now that’s exactly what they’re hoping for. That they will get out of the vortex after the trip to the DFB. And the horror ride in the ghost train ends quickly.