The criticism doesn’t stop. Neither on the team, nor on the coach. Lothar Matthäus, himself active in the FC Bayern jersey for many years, criticized the Bayern pros after the Munich team lost their last-minute win in the top game at BVB (2-2).
“They forgot to score the third goal in the 70 minutes and in the last 20 minutes they just wanted to manage. Bayern let themselves be pushed in at the back, didn’t attack anymore and didn’t get into a duel anymore. That was absolutely not Bayern-like,” said Matthäus on “Sky90”.
But it’s not just about the game on Saturday, when the champions gambled away a 2-0 lead, added the 61-year-old record national player. “Six Bundesliga games, one win – that’s not Bayern-like either. I think it’s been more than two decades since a result like this was last given,” said Matthäus.
At the same time, he warned coach Julian Nagelsmann about the consequences of personnel decisions. “Something like that is of course observed and discussed in the dressing room. He has to be careful there, Julian. He mustn’t lose the dressing room,” said Matthäus, referring above all to the highly acclaimed additions Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax Amsterdam) and Mathys Tel (Stades Rennes), who have hardly been used so far.
Above all, Matthew cannot understand Tel’s non-consideration. “Before the season, Julian says: I expect ten Bundesliga goals from Tel. Then he has to let him play,” said Matthäus. Because of his speed, Tel would have been an ideal joker in Dortmund.
As far as criticism of the coach is concerned, two former Bayern Munich players had already spoken clearly to Nagelsmann before the game in Dortmund.
Dietmar Hamann, for example, who played for Munich from 1993 to 1998, said last week that the competitive situation, which Nagelsmann had wished for, had long since caused initial unrest. “I see the danger that he will more or less let the same team play until the World Cup. He can’t take the players into consideration, nor should he. He has to make sure that he’s still a coach at Bayern in January,” Hamann told Kicker: “We’ll know more by Christmas,” added the 2005 Champions League winner.
“Something must have broken in the last eight or nine months,” said Hamann about the mostly poor performances since the beginning of the calendar year. “I don’t like to hear the word ‘crisis’, but of course that’s a backwards development this year.” win, not the coach. So it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. I think it’s going to be a turbulent few weeks for Bayern.”
Markus Babbel, who was under contract with FC Bayern from 1991 to 2000, had also criticized coach Nagelsmann over the “kicker”. According to the former central defender, he “must not take himself too seriously”: “He is an exceptionally good coach, but he has never coached such a huge club as Bayern. There are, of course, 20 top-class players that he has to act on. And then he has to learn that he keeps these players happy – and he also has to learn that he doesn’t win the games, but his players.”