Munich’s beer-swilling Oktoberfest is in full swing however Germany’s most profitable soccer membership is in no temper to social gathering.
Bayern Munich is in disaster after 4 consecutive Bundesliga video games with no win.
Doubt, uncertainty, disbelief — and anger. They’ve all been evident on the membership since Bavarian rival Augsburg defeated Julian Nagelsmann’s star-studded staff 1-0 on Saturday.
There was muted enthusiasm from the staff and officers as they donned their conventional Bavarian outfits to go to the Oktoberfest on Sunday — smiles for the cameras, however little cheer.
The 10-time defending champions had began the season brilliantly, clocking 15 objectives and conceding only one of their opening three video games for one of the best begin any staff has ever made to the Bundesliga.
Then it stopped.
Bayern hasn’t received since — being held to 3 consecutive attracts by Borussia Mönchengladbach, 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 staff to carry Bayern scoreless within the Bundesliga on Feb. 9, 2020.
“In the first three, four or five weeks we didn’t allow the opponents any chance,” Bayern midfielder Marcel Sabitzer mentioned, “but then suddenly everything was gone.” It’s not the primary time Bayern has endured a hangover earlier than the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Niko Kovac’s staff misplaced earlier than pageant visits in 2018 and 2019, whereas Carlo Ancelotti was fired shortly after the staff’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 yr or the yr earlier than due the unpredictable improvement of COVID-19 infections and restrictions.
Nagelsmann, who had been anticipated to guide Bayern to greater than “only” the Bundesliga in his second season in cost, seems stumped, struggling for solutions amid his staff’s stoop.
“I need to think about everything, about myself, the situation, about everything,” a visibly peeved Nagelsmann mentioned within the post-game press convention on Saturday.
Nagelsmann bristled when he was requested if the staff missed Robert Lewandowski, who switched to Barcelona within the offseason and has continued his goal-scoring methods in Spain.
“It’s all the same what I say,” Nagelsmann mentioned.
“If I say no,’ then everyone will say he doesn’t know the problem,’ and if I say yes,’ you’ll all write he misses Lewandowski.’ The answer doesn’t matter.” But it’s clear that Bayern has an issue changing possibilities. The staff had 19 efforts at purpose towards Augsburg — two of these from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer — however ultimately it was Neuer’s counterpart Rafal Gikiewicz who was celebrating a number of excellent saves.
Bayern veteran Thomas Müller mentioned he was “angry” after the third draw. After the fourth sport with no win, he mentioned, “we’re standing here stunned and devastated. It matches the weather, it’s getting darker.” Sadio Mané is being criticized for the primary time since becoming a member of from Liverpool. The Senegal star scored three objectives 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 accessible after he was fired by Chelsea earlier this month.
But each Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and membership president Herbert Hainer mentioned they have been backing Nagelsmann and weren’t even considering of a change.
“We’re completely convinced by Julian Nagelsmann and our whole team,” Hainer informed native newspapers Münchner Merkur and TZ. “The season has just started and we know we have the potential to achieve our big goals.” While Bayern is struggling within the Bundesliga, the staff’s Champions League marketing campaign is off to a successful begin after victories at Inter Milan and at dwelling over Barcelona.
Inter defender Robin Gosens is shocked by Bayern’s home troubles.
“When we played against Bayern, we all sat in the dressing room after the game and thought: Wow, what intensity they have in their game,’” Gosens mentioned Monday after becoming a member of the remainder of the Germany squad for upcoming internationals.
“It’s already the absolute top level in Europe and in the world. They took us by surprise, overran us and showed twice the intensity 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 have been solely caught out by quick-fire objectives 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 subsequent sport, towards Bayer Leverkusen within the Bundesliga on Sept. 30, will present whether or not that was helpful or not.