Bayern lose their smile

The elimination at the hands of Kiel, from the German Second Division, in the round of 32 of the Pokal, something that had not happened since 2000, has triggered all the alarms.


Bayern's historic hit at the Pokal, where the modest Kiel of the Second Division prevented him from advancing to the second round for the first time since 2000, is nothing more than the umpteenth proof of the inordinate risk that his staging entails. Hansi Flick opts to overtake the lines, exert high pressure and steal balls in the opponent's court, a tactic whose Achilles heel is behind the rear. The rivals know very well that this is where they can do damage and, in this way, they have scored 24 goals in 15 Bundesliga games to date. Only teams like Hoffenheim, Cologne, Mainz and Schalke at the bottom of the table conceded more.

Schweinsteiger, a former Munich player, emphasized at ARD this defensive fragility after the Kiel debacle. "It was perfectly seen in this game and in many previous ones. I have the feeling that, little by little, the Bayern code has been exposed," he said. Schweini is clear about it and asked himself before the game: "Will they always continue to play with the lines so far ahead or, depending on the situation, will they retreat ten meters to avoid offering spaces to the rival?

Flick does not agree with that assessment. "It has nothing to do with the fact of playing with the advanced lines," stressed the coach in the press conference after the defeat.

Müller, known for his humor in front of the cameras, also ended the crash visibly affected and came to face a journalist in full direct. "He's laughing," he reproached the reporter after she asked him about the mood in the locker room. "I'm not laughing," he replied and Müller reiterated: "Of course I am." The next day he apologized, although everything indicates that he, like all Bayern, will need a good time to regain his smile.

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