May 30, 2023

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Hollywood and toxicity around and within the Bavarians

Bayern have succumbed in recent months to poison and the constant bickering is clearly affecting the competitive side, with a ban from two competitions and the risk of losing the league.

Bayern misses the Champions League semi-finals for the third year in a row. It is something that is happening to the Bavarians for the first time after the three years 2006-2009. Tuchel’s players tried to face Manchester City (1-1), but they failed to score an early goal that would have made them believe in the miracle of turning the first leg 3-0.

Thus, Bayern Munich bid farewell to Europe’s top club competition again from the quarter-finals. In the dying minutes of the match, a banner was unfurled on the Allianz Arena stand which read: “Goals are allowed to be missed, the club’s values ​​are not. Questioning the administration’s policy.”

Clear criticism of the policy pursued by the club’s “chiefs” CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The reason is the timing of the dismissal of Julian Nagelsmann and Tuchel Thomas Tuchel.

He had stated in introducing the new coach: “Since we saw our goals in jeopardy not only for this season, but also for next season, we came to the conclusion that we should release Julian.” Therefore, the fan banner was mainly responding to the rants of the Bavarian CEO.

“I think people are constantly questioning usKahn responded when asked about the fans’ reaction following the ban, while there are already reports that the veteran German goalkeeper may leave his place at the club in the summer.

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The return of FC Hollywood

There was also criticism of the coaches for their choices last season, especially after the exclusion of Villarreal. However, things are even worse this year. It’s not just the results, but also what happens outside the competition, that constantly occupies newspapers and sports websites in Germany.

In fact, the German media brought back the nickname FC Hollywood, which Bayern called in the 1990s, when the team’s players appeared on the front pages of scandalous magazines, for reasons that had nothing to do with this sport.

Especially in recent months and after Neuer has been injured on the ski, there is always something to worry the Bavarians. For example, in January Gnabry visited Paris Fashion Week on his day off, Salihamidzic stated. “It indicates hobby, and that’s exactly what I don’t like.”

Shortly afterwards, goalkeeper coach Tony Tabalović, who had a close relationship with Manuel Neuer, was sacked, while Nagelsmann was said to be directly involved in the affair. This was followed by an interview with Neuer, where he spoke with the management and brought a new wave of discussion and reaction.

When things seemed to calm down in March, Nagelsmann spoke of someone within the team leaking plans and situations to the media, without, of course, wanting to involve any footballer. A few days later, developments were stormy.

On 24 March, Bayern sacked Nagelsmann while he was on vacation, prior to the match against Dortmund. And the German media showed who was against and who was with their coach in the dressing room, quarrels with his players, such as with Mane after the match with Paris.

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Kimmich and Gorecka stood their ground against Nagelsmann, with Salihamidzic fanning the flames by talking about disciplinary issues. In short, a war situation arose.

The successor, Thomas Tuchel, did not solve the problems. In its six matches, Bayern won only two and was expelled from the Champions League and UEFA Champions League. The climax in… the plot, Mane punching Sane after the 3-0 defeat against City, a huge fine for the Senegalese and talk of selling him in the summer.

Toxicity affecting race

Bayern clearly have planning problems with Hasan Salihamidzic as the main responsibility. For example, the Bavarians only have one pure central striker who can stand at the highest level, Tsopo Moting, while they seem to need reinforcement in all their lines. Indicatively speaking, the Kimmich-Goretzka duo moves in the shallows, while Upamecano and De Ligt have serious problems defending.

What was also seen in the matches against Manchester City is that Bayern lack a game plan and identity, with a change of coach exacerbating this problem. It is difficult for footballers to use automation, and the Bavarians often rely on individual actions, such as that of Leroy Sane, who does not see … his teammates at all.

Beyond the pure racing part, all the drama and toxicity surrounding the Bavarians doesn’t let them work. There is always a football section distracted from its goal, as scuffles happen daily. Therefore, winning the championship is also in jeopardy.

Right now, Bayern only has the Bundesliga. They are top at +2 from Dortmund and want to stay there until the final. Everyone on Sabener Strasse knows that losing the league can make things worse.

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