Four matchdays have made a hell lot of difference in Bayern Munich’s start to the season. The defending champions were playing swashbuckling football and scoring for fun in the first three league games of the season. However, things have gone in the opposite direction in the last four league games. Bayern Munich is currently fifth in the league table after failing to win since matchday three in the Bundesliga.
The performance against Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday four was good, but Yann Sommer delivered a heroic display to help his team to stop Die Roten from taking all three points. Poor defensive mistakes and inefficiency in the final third cost Rekordmeister points against Union Berlin and VfB Stuttgart, making it three league draws in a row.
After the gritty win against Barcelona on Tuesday last week, Bayern had somewhat turned the corner. However, all the momentum from the Champions League win against Barcelona vanished against Augsburg on matchday seven of the Bundesliga.
Die Roten delivered a poor performance across the pitch. A spirited Augsburg side managed to secure all three points to inflict the first defeat of the campaign on Die Roten. Julian Nagelsmann has been subject to intense criticism due to a dip in performances, but club chiefs have publicly backed him to turn things around sooner rather than later. While talking to TZ this week, Bayern president Herbert Hainer is confident about Nagelsmann turning around things after the international break.
"“We are completely convinced of Julian Nagelsmann and our whole team. After the international break we will go all-out again, as you know FC Bayern. The season has only just started and we know that we have the potential to achieve our big goals.”"
After the defeat against Augsburg, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn also insisted that the club has complete faith in Julian Nagelsmann to turn things around in the Bundesliga. The quick response from the club officials after the defeat against Augsburg was the best way forward to avoid speculation around the head coach’s position during the international break.
Nagelsmann was brought in by Die Roten last summer to spearhead a long-term project. The Bavarian club paid a world record fee to get him from Leipzig. He was also handed a five-year deal, which is a very unique scenario for coaches at big clubs.
The German coach managed to win Bundesliga in his debut season, but the cup exits were disappointing. The current run of poor form is the first big hurdle for Nagelsmann at Bayern to overcome and take the team forward. He deserves time to get things right and bring Die Roten back to the top of the Bundesliga table.
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The silver lining for Julian Nagelsmann in the current campaign has been strangely good performances in the cup competitions. Die Roten managed to beat Inter Milan and Barcelona in the first two Champions League gameweeks while they also cruised to the second round of the DFB Pokal. The German coach will be looking to extract a similar level of performance from the team in the Bundesliga after the international break.