Bayern Munich have started to show defensive weakness.
Bayern Munich has been a force to be reckoned with ever since Hans Dieter Flick took over the club. The German manager has turned Bayern into a ruthless goal-scoring machine with an impenetrable defense, or at least that is what we thought before the Champions conceded nine goals in three matches. Four in the loss against Hoffenheim, three against Hertha Berlin, and two against Dortmund in the DFL Super Cup.
The Champions have started showing cracks in their squad and like most other European elites, their defense in the main problem. Even last season their duo of Jerome Boateng and David Alaba was showing some serious flaws while defending against quick counters. Barcelona’s first goal albeit was an own goal as a result of a counter-attack. Paris Saint-Germain also exposed the defense numerous times, however, Manuel Neuer did not allow them to put the ball in the back of the net.
Neuer cannot always save them though and they should really think about fixing their problems. Both Hertha and Hoffenheim also managed to score from set-pieces which also seems like a weak point for them. The wing-backs are also more attack-oriented players and we rarely see Alphonso Davies doing his defensive duties. Thus the center-backs need to have a strong pairing that can withstand the opposition’s counters. Boateng should also be slowly replaced by Niklas Sule as the young German needs playing time to get acquainted with the team.
Although it is not quite troubling yet, their defensive lapses should be a concern as they could throw away games such as the one against Hoffenheim. They brought in a new right-back and few more players for squad depth which shows that Flick intends to do heavy rotations in the squad. This, however, might not be such a good idea as it may cause a barrier in communication.
Overall Bayern fans should not be too alarmed as they still look like the most dominant team in Europe and it is going to be quite an ordeal for anyone trying to stop them from regaining their treble. But at the same time, the Bayern boss will surely look to improve on his defense to avoid losing the tough clashes that are yet to come later on the season., especially in the Champions League.
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