Bayern Munich in shambles ahead of clash with Arsenal

Bayern Munich are in shambles ahead of their Champions League clash against Arsenal. What can be done to come away from the Emirates Stadium with something positive to build on for the second leg at Allianz Arena?
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages
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Having been humiliated 0-2 at the Allianz Arena the previous weekend in Der Klassiker, Bayern Munich sunk even lower on matchday 28 away to newly promoted side Heidenheim. After labouring for the opening 30 minutes, Bayern took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to well-taken goals from Harry Kane and Serge Gnabry towards the end of the half.

Amazingly, after the resumption of play, Bayern conceded three goals whilst being wasteful with multiple opportunities at the other end of the pitch. The home team celebrated the historic victory as the Bayern contingent looked lost in more ways than one. With that out of the way let’s turn our attentions to the Champions League and what has to, and what can, realistically change for Bayern to have a chance against the Gunners on Tuesday.

Team Psyche

Bayern Munich is clearly a mentally fragile team at the moment. Somehow the players need to find a way to put the season to date behind them and play as if the two-legged tie against Arsenal is the end all. If they can’t do that, then their last hope of silverware this season can be tossed out the window.

Forget about the media and Thomas Tuchel’s imminent departure

Thomas Tuchel has lost the support of the dressing room and continues to fail in press conferences. He is still in charge, for what it’s worth, because the fact of the matter is that a new full-time coach won’t be appointed until after the end of the season. Despite all the turmoil, as well as being mentally tough, the players must play for each other and their futures at Bayern by laying it all out on the field against Arsenal.