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 group 1-0 on Saturday.
There was muted enthusiasm from the group 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 objectives and conceding only one of their opening three video games for one of the best begin any group 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 group to carry Bayern scoreless within the Bundesliga on Feb. 9, 2020.
“Within the first three, 4 or 5 weeks we didn’t enable the opponents any likelihood,” Bayern midfielder Marcel Sabitzer mentioned, “however then all of a sudden every thing was gone.” It’s not the primary time Bayern has endured a hangover earlier than the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Niko Kovac’s group misplaced earlier than competition visits in 2018 and 2019, whereas Carlo Ancelotti was fired shortly after the group’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 due the unpredictable growth of COVID-19 infections and restrictions.
Nagelsmann, who had been anticipated to steer Bayern to greater than “solely” the Bundesliga in his second season in cost, seems stumped, struggling for solutions amid his group’s stoop.
“I would like to consider every thing, about myself, the scenario, about every thing,” a visibly peeved Nagelsmann mentioned within the post-game press convention on Saturday.
Nagelsmann bristled when he was requested if the group missed Robert Lewandowski, who switched to Barcelona within the offseason and has continued his goal-scoring methods in Spain.
“It’s all the identical what I say,” Nagelsmann mentioned.
“If I say no,’ then everybody will say he doesn’t know the issue,’ and if I say sure,’ you’ll all write he misses Lewandowski.’ The reply doesn’t matter.” However it’s clear that Bayern has an issue changing probabilities. The group had 19 efforts at objective towards Augsburg — two of these from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer — however in the long run it was Neuer’s counterpart Rafal Gikiewicz who was celebrating a number of excellent saves.
Bayern veteran Thomas Müller mentioned he was “offended” after the third draw. After the fourth recreation with no win, he mentioned, “we’re standing right here shocked and devastated. It matches the climate, 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.
However each Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and membership president Herbert Hainer mentioned they have been backing Nagelsmann and weren’t even pondering of a change.
“We’re fully satisfied by Julian Nagelsmann and our complete group,” Hainer instructed native newspapers Münchner Merkur and TZ. “The season has simply began and we all know we have now the potential to attain our huge objectives.” Whereas Bayern is struggling within the Bundesliga, the group’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.
“After 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 mentioned Monday after becoming a member of the remainder of the Germany squad for upcoming internationals.
“It’s already absolutely the prime stage in Europe and on the earth. They took us without warning, overran us and confirmed twice the depth we did.” There have been warning indicators, nonetheless, in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Barcelona final week, when the guests created extra probabilities 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 scenario. The subsequent recreation, towards Bayer Leverkusen within the Bundesliga on Sept. 30, will present whether or not that was useful or not.