The narrative around Bayern Munich has changed in the space of four weeks. The Bavarian club was plunged into a mini-crisis during September as they went on a winless run of four games in the Bundesliga. Die Roten went into the international break on the back of a narrow defeat away at Augsburg.
The international break saw a lot of speculation about Bayern and Julian Nagelsmann. Various reports suggested that the German coach is not on the same page with players, which has resulted in poor performances. The club hierarchy had to publicly defend Nagelsmann to squash speculation about the coach’s future at the club.
Things have dramatically changed for Bayern after the international break. They are currently on an unbeaten run of nine games across all competitions. Die Roten moved to the top of the points table after a 6-2 win against Mainz.
Along with the improvement in results, there has been a gradual improvement in the performances of the team over the past four weeks. While talking to the media after the win against Mainz on Saturday (via Sport1), Serge Gnabry admitted that the squad is enjoying football right now. The German winger insists that players had a long hard look at their performances before putting in efforts to show collective and individual improvement.
"“We’re enjoying ourselves at the moment. We all questioned ourselves and worked on ourselves when things weren’t going well, myself included of course. Things couldn’t have gone worse for me than a few weeks ago.”"
Gnabry’s poor run of form coincided with Die Roten’s poor results in September. One report in Germany suggested that the club hierarchy is concerned by Gnabry’s inconsistent start to the season. The German forward was expected to kick on after signing a new deal since speculation around the player’s future often leads to poor performances.
The German winger has bounced back strongly in the past few weeks. He has been involved in eight goals and assists across the last seven games across all competitions. Gnabry’s best performance came against Barcelona on Wednesday, as he provided three assists in the emphatic win at Camp Nou.
The 26-year-old forward got on the scoresheet against Mainz. He is somewhat looking back to his best, timing his runs to perfection and creating opportunities for his teammates. Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping that Gnabry achieves consistency in his performances for the rest of the season.
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Bayern has built nice momentum with good results and performances over the past four weeks. The Bavarian faithful will be hoping to see the team maintaining this momentum before players disperse for World Cup in mid-November. The immediate test for Bayern will be against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.