It has not been the best possible start for Bayern Munich since Bundesliga resumed last week. The defending Bundesliga champions have dropped points in both of their league games this year. The 1-1 draw against FC Koln on Tuesday witnessed a frustrating performance from the team at Allianz Arena.
Apart from poor results in the first two league games of 2023, the past few days in the German media have been dominated by Serge Gnabry’s visit to Paris. The German forward visited the French capital last Saturday, 24 hours after Die Roten’s 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig.
There is nothing wrong in Gnabry going to Paris on his off day, but the cramped schedule of games meant recovery would have been a better option for the German forward. In the buildup of the game against Koln, Nagelsmann had given a diplomatic answer when he was asked about Gnabry’s trip to Paris.
The German forward started against Koln, but poor performance in the first half made sure that he was substituted at half-time. While talking to the media (via Sport1) after the game, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic didn’t hold back when asked about Gnabry’s visit to France over the weekend.
"“That’s amateurish. It doesn’t fit with Bayern Munich. It’s important to rest on a day off. We’ll have to talk about it.”"
The latest report from Bild (via iMiaSanMia) suggests that Bayern has addressed the situation by having talks with Gnabry on Wednesday. The German forward was not fined by the club since he understood the situation and had positive talks with Salihamidzic.
Die Roten misfired in the final third during their draws against FC Koln and RB Leipzig. The Bavarian club will be hoping that Gnabry gets back to his best and starts scoring goals. Gnabry had a slow start to the season, but he got back to scoring form weeks before the World Cup break. He currently has ten goals and seven assists to his name across all competitions.
Along with Gnabry, Nagelsmann also needs other forwards to step up as they did during October. The defending Bundesliga champions played an attacking style of football in October and scored goals at a healthy rate, which helped them to regain the top spot in the German league.
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After tense few days, Serge Gnabry will be looking to bounce back on the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Die Roten still has a lead of four points in the points table, but they need to start building momentum with positive results and performances before next month’s big Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.