Mainz (AFP) – Shortly after their tepid appearance in Mainz, Bayern’s masterful pros never made the trip to Ibiza for two days without their frustrated coach Julian Nagelsmann.
“We accepted this as a team-building measure,” Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed of the short trip and hoped: “Our team have set themselves even higher goals this season and have been very happy with themselves and with them since their departure from the Champions League and their future course for the league. As a player I learned how strength can grow from defeat. Such teamwork by the team can be an important foundation here.”
Nagelsmann sees an urgent need for action. Right after an embarrassing 1:3 (1:2) at FSV Mainz 05, the Bayern Munich coach indirectly asked the character question and called for an inventory of personnel and structure during the summer break. “When it seems we have to do some favors and there’s no passion, that’s the point where we have to change something. That’s where we are now,” said the 34-year-old, adding, “If I was ten years after I became Champions are heroes, there comes a time when you say we have to do a few things differently now. I want us to continue down this path successfully and not at some point say, ‘Damn, we missed you.'”
It remains to be seen if the Ibiza trip will put Bayern back on the road to success before the end of the season. “It’s not appropriate at all, especially after a match like this,” he criticized record player Lothar Matthaus on Sky. “As Julian Nagelsmann, I would also like to take stricter measures: the days off after a match like this are cancelled.” Instead, Manuel Neuer & Co will only have to return to training on Tuesday.
The need to speak and act
Not only does national player Joshua Kimmich see a growing need to speak to Bayern Munich, who failed early in the DFB Cup and the Champions League and who have been disappointed again in Mainz. The midfielder said: “The performance should give us something to think about. Of course we became champions for Germany last week. However, this has happened quite a lot this season,” and demanded: “We have to analyze it very clearly so that we can. It can be done in the next two games. Especially next season.”
With their bloodless performance, the selection of the paid Munich stars in front of 33,305 spectators at the Mainz Arena was just as bewildered as their coach in the post-analysis. Nagelsmann dictated to reporters after the final whistle: “I have an explanation, but I won’t give it to you. Nothing for the media world.” He just wanted to talk to the team internally about the reasons. The Bayern Munich coach was similarly vague about his plans for the future: “There are already approaches to change, but I won’t reveal them.”
The performance reinforced the impression in the past few weeks that Bayern sometimes struggled with a mental issue. Bochum, Salzburg, Villarreal and now Mainz – the list of weak performances this year is long. “I think we always need a certain core passion in the game. We didn’t have that today. It’s a bit human when I just won the championship. But we still wear the Bayern crest on our chests,” Nagelsmann criticized and emphasized under protection: “There are a lot of defeats out of this. Type”.
The fifth bankruptcy of the season in the Bundesliga – there was a lot for the Munich team seven years ago – could have been even higher. Achieved by Jonathan Burkhardt, Musa Nyakati and Leandro Barreiro, the superior team from Mainz has only succeeded in the woodwork three times. Nagelsmann complained about defensive misconduct: “We can’t have nine hundred percent chances against us, it just doesn’t work.” 22:7 The shots on target for the hosts showed the balance at the end. The last time Bayern allowed it was five years ago in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Robert Lewandowski’s 34th goal of the season wasn’t enough as Bayern lacked passion and passion. “I also saw players who really wanted to win. But there were far fewer than there were in Mainz,” Nagelsmann analyzed. This should not be repeated in the final matches of the season. “It is absolutely clear that our players will do their best with their professionalism and football power against Stuttgart on Sunday to give our fans a great end to the season as champions of Germany in their own stadium after their victory,” said Salihamidzic.
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