Crisis Wiesn for FC Bayern: "Bad mood" in the beer tent

Munich (AP) – Julian Nagelsmann struggled in front of the marquee with a mug of beer in his hand from a tortured smile. The Munich coach would have preferred to spare himself the toast with his Bayern stars dressed in traditional costume the day after the first defeat of the season.

After all, the young coach was able to look forward to kind words from his boss after the 0-1 draw at FC Augsburg during FC Bayern’s traditional Oktoberfest visit. “We’re not dealing with any other coaches now. We’re totally convinced of Julian,” said CEO Oliver Kahn on the way to the beer tent, a few meters from Nagelsmann.

Kahn announces intensive analysis

Frustrated drinking was not the order of the day in Käfer’s Wiesn-Schänke, where the pros spent pleasant hours with their partners and families, despite four league games without a win. “If we’re not top of the table, the situation is always precarious,” stated Kahn with a serious expression. “Of course we are all dissatisfied, in a bad mood,” admitted the Bayern boss. The 53-year-old announced an intensive analysis of the sporting situation in the coming days.

Nagelsmann, who actually “didn’t want to” visit the Wiesn, also hinted at this. In the international break he wants to think a lot, he said. “I think about everything. About me. About the situation. About everything.” The coach, who has a contract until 2026, wants to demonstrate that he is the right man for the position assigned by the board to Kahn. For him, the crisis is an opportunity to prove his stature for a great career as a Bayern coach.

Weakest start to the season in twelve years

“The coach gives the players enough solutions,” said Kahn. He took responsibility for the ensemble around the currently hapless Sadio Mané: “We are always able to get back to where we belong, namely to the top of the table.”

Twelve points from seven games is the meager opening yield of the Munich team, who last started so weakly twelve years ago. Back then, Borussia Dortmund became champions at the end of the season. “The trend is catastrophic if you don’t win four games,” said Thomas Müller. He was “stunned and devastated”.

The last four league games without a Bayern win were over 20 years ago. Ottmar Hitzfeld was the name of the Munich coach. Nagelsmann is still missing the composure that Hitzfeld maintained even after disappointments. Grimly and in the style of a telegram, he commented on the first defeat of the season in the press room of the Augsburg Arena. What does the trend mean? “Nothing good,” he answered curtly. What needs to change? “A lot.”

Bayern magic gone

Nagelsmann reacted irritably to the debate about the missing center forward after the departure of world footballer Robert Lewandowski. “It doesn’t matter what I answer,” said Nagelsmann almost stubbornly. It’s going to be interpreted badly for him anyway. Lewandowski scored twice again after his zero number in the 0-2 last win in the Champions League against Bayern at the weekend in Barça’s 3-0 win against Elche.

In Munich, the magic of the marveled start to the season with lavish victories has evaporated. The new, flexible offensive style seems decoded. “I don’t know the decryption, but I’ve parried a few times,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who demanded: “Now there are no more excuses, now we have to win.”

Nagelsmann complained about a “laissez-faire” appearance by his professionals, Salihamidzic made the coach and team responsible together. “We are all in demand now, not just Julian Nagelsmann,” said the 45-year-old. The Munich team relied too much on their playful qualities in Augsburg and didn’t take on the poisonous, disgusting and grandiosely fighting Augsburgers.

“You can’t win in the Bundesliga the way we played,” Salihamidzic said. You have “brutal problems against teams that play against us physically, that knock our socks off, so to speak”.

Reunion with the Augsburgers in the cup

The defeat will have a longer effect. “Now it’s going to be an uncomfortable international break,” predicted national player Leon Goretzka. Things can get even more turbulent after that, but Bayern-like again quickly: Bayer Leverkusen at home, Borussia Dortmund away and SC Freiburg back at home is the next homework to do in the Bundesliga.

“Bayern are still the top favorites for the championship title,” said Augsburg manager Stefan Reuter after FCA’s victory with a goal from U21 European champion Mergim Berisha. You’ll see each other again pretty quickly: In a month, they’ll meet again in the cup.

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