After a horrid defeat against RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup ten days ago, Bayern Munich bounced back against Werder Bremen in the first game of the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign. It was an efficient performance from the defending champions as they scored four goals and kept a clean sheet in this game.
Die Roten has struggled to maintain intensity throughout 90 minutes since the start of 2023. The performance against Werder Bremen was an exception, as the team didn’t take the foot off the peddle until the final whistle.
Keeping a clean sheet was also crucial for Bayern. They struggled to stop the opposition from scoring goals consistently last season. Making the team a resolute defensive unit will be crucial for Thomas Tuchel if he wants to achieve success in all competitions this season.
Tuchel managed to help Bayern retain the Bundesliga last season after arriving at the club in March. However, the title win was far from convincing. While talking to Sky Sports in Germany on Wednesday (via iMiaSanMia), Tuchel insisted that consistency and stability in performances is the priority for him this season.
"“We really want to reduce the ups and downs, both during and between games. We have to bring in stability in a positive sense so that the performance fluctuations get significantly smaller.”"
Bayern often collapsed in second halves against teams in the Bundesliga at the backend of last season. They ended up suffering defeats despite taking leads in the game. There was a drop in intensity, and Die Roten looked vulnerable to counter-attacks. Tuchel will look to address this particular issue by making the team much more composed on the ball when they are put under pressure.
The goal-scoring problems in the final third will be addressed by Harry Kane. The English striker completed €100 million move to Munich just before the DFL Supercup game against RB Leipzig. Kane has hit the ground running by chipping in with a goal and assist during his Bundesliga debut against Bremen.
The work done by Die Roten in the summer transfer window has been impressive. They are still looking to sign a goalkeeper and defender before next week’s deadline. It is now up to Tuchel to extract the best out of all players and help Die Roten to compete on all fronts.
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Bayern are now preparing for their first league game at Allianz Arena this weekend. The defending champions will be hosting Augsburg on Sunday. Die Roten will be without Jamal Musiala for this game as the youngster has suffered a minor thigh injury. Benjamin Pavard may also miss the game against Augsburg as he is closing on a move to Inter Milan.