It has been a season of ups and downs for Bayern Munich until now. The Bavarian club has found a way to be well-placed in all three competitions before the start of Ruckrunde. Die Roten will resume their Bundesliga campaign against RB Leipzig on January 21.
Rekordmeister currently sits at the top of the league table with a lead of four points over second-placed Freiburg. It has not been a straightforward campaign Bundesliga title defense for Die Roten as they found themselves in a mini-crisis during September.
At one point, Bayern went four league games in a row without a win. They went into the first international break of the season in September on the back of a narrow defeat away at Augsburg. The poor performances in the Bundesliga lead to speculation about the future of Nagelsmann at Bayern.
The club chiefs publicly backed Julian Nagelsmann and insisted that he is part of their long-term vision. The trust from Bayern hierarchy has been vindicated as Bayern got back on track in October and moved to the first position in the points table. While talking to AZ, Bayern president Herbert Hainer insisted that the club completely believes in Nagelsmann’s vision and plans.
"“It was right and important that we as a club remained absolutely calm during that phase – because we are all convinced of Julian’s qualities. He has a clear plan, but is always flexible enough to accept and change things.”"
After the defeat against Augsburg on September 17, Bayern has picked up 22 points in eight games. They are currently on an unbeaten run of 13 games across all competitions. The Bavarian club went into the break on a good note with a comfortable 2-0 win away at Schalke on November 12.
Nagelsmann has managed to address the problem of poor efficiency in both boxes. The use of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as number nine has allowed the team to become a better attacking unit. The Cameroon international has been a prolific goalscorer, and his presence as the focal point of the attack has facilitated other forwards.
Die Roten is also controlling games in a much better way. They were making games end to end at the start of the season, which would suit opposition in the Bundesliga. More security in possession has helped Bayern to become a better defensive unit and collect clean sheets in the league.
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Julian Nagelsmann will have to make sure that his players keep following these principles when the league resumes in January. The German coach will be hoping to successfully defend the league title and go deep in both cup competitions. In an ideal scenario, Bayern should end up with at least two trophies.