The famous nickname of ‘FC Hollywood’ has continued for Bayern Munich over the last few weeks as Germany’s dominant force in club football has suffered a huge reality check. After a seemingly smooth season so far with Bayern in contention to win the Bundesliga, despite being two points behind Borussia Dortmund, as well as the DFB Pokal and the Champions League the board as Bayern took a bold and risky decision by sacking Julian Naglesmann.
Hasan Salihamidzic and Oliver Kahn are the new duo who are running things in Munich and decided that Naglesmann was the man to lead the new-look Bayern Munich having paid 25 million euros to RB Leipzig for his services. This was a dream move for Naglesmann who was Bavarian born and bred and despite a tricky first season there was always hope that this move would reap its rewards in the second year.
However things started to unravel with Naglesmann slowly losing the support of the core of the Bayern Munich leadership group such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller with that being followed by some inconsistent performances and some poor losses in the league. Despite knocking out PSG in the Champions League, Naglesmann’s time was up and was surprisingly sacked in the March international break with the German being replaced by former Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.
The hope for Salihamidzic and Kahn would be that the backlash from Bayern Munich supporters would be neutralised by the short-term solution of Tuchel with Bayern still in the hunt to complete the treble. Tuchel is a manager that Bayern wanted in 2018 and realised that now may be the only chance to hire someone like him given that clubs like Real Madrid could be an option in the Summer. The lack of a recognised striker was something Tuchel had to deal with at Chelsea and the hope was that would translate into the same results in Munich given the similar problems.
It was a promising start to Tuchel’s reign in April as he opened up with a convincing 4-2 win over the German’s former side Borussia Dortmund. A win that put them back at the top of the Bundesliga summit. However since then the same problems have risen and there is an argument to say that things have got worse since Tuchel took over with Bayern Munich out of the DFB Pokal losing 2-1 at home to Freiburg.
Furthermore, Bayern Munich now face a 3-0 deficit against one of the deadliest teams in the world in Manchester City. The turmoil in Munich doesn’t end there though with Sadio Mane being suspended for Bayern’s 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim after he reportedly punched Leroy Sane in the mouth. If it wasn’t for a late Stuttgart equaliser against Dortmund at the weekend, Bayern’s problems could have been much worse as there are no guarantees that Bayern Munich will end the season with a trophy.
In summary ‘FC Hollywood’ are back with Tuchel failing to set this Bayern Munich team alight with seemingly the exit in the DFB Pokal and the inevitable failure in the Champions League being evidence of this. There is in-fighting in Munich and a problem with their attackers seemingly unable to score with all three of their goals since the Dortmund game being scored by centre-backs.
The risk taken by the new face of Bayern Munich in Salihamidzic and Kahn has backfired with the consequences being enormous. What Tuchel can do in the Summer and next season will determine whether he is the long-term solution however if Bayern don’t win an 11th Bundesliga title in a row there may be no future for Tuchel to think about.
Bayern’s Munich’s Bundesliga Run-In:
22nd April: Mainz (A)
30th April: Hertha Berlin (H)
6th May: Werder Bremen (A)
13th May: Schalke (H)
20th May: RB Leipzig (H)
27th May: FC Koln (A)
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