Bayern Munchen’s superb form in 2019/20 season with a treble winners on hand during the world pandemic might not easy to repeat this season. Bayern’s manager, Hans Flick is currently dealing with an intriguing situation on his squad, not only due to the injuries but also some other issues with several key players. Not to mention the tight fixtures for his relatively small squad.
Firstly, the number of figures on the injury table seems to be mounting from Alphonse Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso and Tanguy Nianzou. They all have to be sidelined for several games ahead.
The next issue is related to Niklas Suele, who has been criticised of not reaching his ideal physical fitness for the competitive matches. In fact, the German international suffered an overweight problem after his injury recovery period and the self isolation due to testing positive of Covid-19 earlier. Hans Flick was dissatisfied with his condition, which comes in a crucial stage as Bayern’s domestic campaign is in potential danger. No wonder that he was excluded from the squad in their last outing against Werder Bremen despite getting a late call up for the international fixture.
Another rising issue is the contract complexity concerning their two key defenders, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, who have been the integral part of Die Roeten for years, including in last season’s triumphant glory. Bayern’s management has decide not to continue Boateng’s service next season. What’s worse, their negotiation on contract extension with David Alaba recently seems to reach the deadlock. According to Hansi, such does not come in the proper time.
Last but not least, their upcoming schedule is even tighter as there will be FIFA Club World Cup 2021 ahead in February. To sum up, along with the other competition, Bayern is bound to play approximately six games in 17 days. This is what Hansi is mainly complaining about as the players burnout and injuries could be a threat in their campaign.
“It’s obvious that we have already gone beyond the limits of what is manageable for clubs and players,”
Die Roeten’s form so far has been quite positive as they are still leading the table in both Bundesliga and Champions League, eventhough they are not always superior in each and every match. Robert Lewandowski and Co still managed to win in the first edition of Der Klassiker and dismantle Atletico Madrid 4-0 on match day 1 of UCL. Perhaps, what concerns Hans Flick more is how the fatigue could suddenly lead to an unexpected negative result, just like last weekend when they were held by the mediocre team, Werder Bremen in a 1-1 draw or crushed by Hoffenheim 1-4 before.