Indispensable and dispensable: this is what the Bavarian upheaval could look like

Munich – The frustration should have been washed away after two happy days in Ibiza, but as with hangovers: problems don’t go away, you just forget about them for a while. This also applies to football stars like FC Bayern.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann asks again for training this Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m., public), and for the party team around Joshua Kimmich the repair mission begins after the embarrassing 1-3 in Mainz. “The performance should give us food for thought,” Kimmich said. “It’s happened to us too many times this season.”

Loss of control should no longer occur

And therefore no longer a coincidence, but a pattern. 2-4 in Bochum, 0-5 in Gladbach, 1-2 in Augsburg, 0-1 in Villarreal, 1-1 in Salzburg – Bayern have lost control too often this season. Kimmich: “We have to clearly analyze this in the next two games and especially in the next season.”

FC Bayern: It’s time to change

But that won’t be the end. Nagelsmann again spoke of an urgent change so clearly that bosses Hasan Salihamidzic and Oliver Kahn can hardly ignore the coach’s words.

“If a company has been very successful for decades, there’s always time at some point to change something,” Nagelsmann said. “It’s totally normal and not bad at all. You can’t always do the same thing.”

This is also the case for all Dax companies. “I want us to continue on this successful path and not have to say, ‘Damn, now we’ve missed the moment!'” After Nagelsmann’s clear text, AZ do the check – that’s how the team could continue…

The essential in the Bayern workforce

In addition to Kimmich, Leon Goretzka is also one of the pillars of the team and the most important contacts for Nagelsmann. This will not change in the future. Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernández and Alphonso Davies are in the defensive line, and a replacement for Niklas Süle (soon to Dortmund) is still being sought. On the offensive side, Kingsley Coman worked his way up to the top spot in the internal standings. His contract has been extended until 2027.

The expendable in the Bayern team

Serge Gnabry is yet to accept Bayern’s offer to extend beyond 2023 – despite taking a significant pay rise as an incentive. The winger could therefore be sold this summer.

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Flops Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr and Omar Richards are also candidate hoaxes. Corentin Tolisso will not be offered a new contract. It will also be tight for substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulreich if Bayern find a number two.

The question marks in the Bayern team

Bavaria’s biggest problem, many personal details are unclear. Even with Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer, no agreement has yet been reached on an extension. Neuer also makes his signing dependent on goalkeeping coach and pal Toni Tapalovic. There are still talks to be had.

It is also unclear how things will continue with Robert Lewandowski. If the top striker is indeed sold after this season, Bayern will face a turning point: where should an equivalent mid-term replacement come from in such a short time? An XXL task for Salihamidzic and Kahn.

Nagelsmann also needs a talent plan: How is Jamal Musiala, Josip Stanisic, Tanguy Nianzou, Gabriel Vidovic and Paul Wanner evolving? And how does he finally bring cherished stars like Leroy Sané, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer to a consistently high level? questions upon questions.

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