Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels is confident that his team will get back to their winning ways sooner rather than later.
It has been a difficult couple of weeks for Bayern Munich. The Bavarians have suffered various setbacks in the last two weeks, with the latest coming against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. Bayern were humiliated in their own arena as Gladbach clinched a convincing 3-0 win over the record champions.
Bayern sank further in the league table, as they are currently sitting on sixth position — four points behind Borussia Dortmund. Niko Kovac’s men have been subject to much criticism from the German media after their series of meek performances.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Mats Hummels insisted that his side will break out of their rut sooner rather than later. The German defender claims his team is not pressing any panic buttons, instead focusing on improving the weaker aspects of their gameplay.
“We’ve all won and lost our fair share, we won’t drive ourselves up the wall thinking about it. We know there are things we have to improve and that we’re not playing well.
“But it’s not the case that we don’t think we can make a marked improvement in our play, because we know we can. We’ve always said things can change quickly – in any direction. At the moment, teams are getting the rub of the green and we’re not, then you fall behind.”
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Hummels further added that the team is still getting accustomed to Kovac’s style of play. He insisted that the team tends to revert to their old methods as soon as things go wrong in a game. The former Borussia Dortmund defender believes that his side will be able to rectify these mistakes, though, as the season progresses.
Niko Kovac made a fine start to his managerial career at Bayern Munich after winning his first seven games across all competitions. Bayern were not totally convincing in all these games, but they were quite efficient at both ends of the pitch. The best performance under Kovac till now was the resounding 5-0 win in the DFL Supercup against his former side.
Kovac’s first disappointment came against Augsburg in the Bundesliga a few weeks ago. Since then, Bayern have been on a heavy downward spiral. The attacking players have been wasteful in the last four games and the defense has been shaky, despite the heroics of Manuel Neuer. Kovac has been heavily rotating his starting XI in each match, and his methods have now come under scrutiny after the recent poor results.
Hummels is one of the names recently reported to be unhappy with Kovac. The German defender was a first choice center-back under Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes but has struggled to be a regular under Kovac, as the Croatian has been changing his center-back pairing for every game. Hummels, along with the other Bayern players, will be hoping to turn things around against Wolfsburg and AEK Athens after the international break.