3 problems Bayern Munich must solve immediately to improve
Bayern Munich have struggled to be at their usual best this season, and they are currently fifth on the Bundesliga table, 9 points behind unbeaten leaders, Borussia Dortmund.
As evident from their position in Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are currently struggling to find form. They have won the Bundesliga 6 times in the last 6 seasons, and won it last season by 21 points. It is more shocking because we are used to Bayern Munich's effortless dominance in the league.
After the retirement of legendary Jupp Heynckes, former Croatian player, Niko Kovac, took charge of Bayern Munich. He was appointed as the new manager before the start of the season, as he impressed with his time at Eintracht Frankfurt. His team even defeated Bayern Munich in last season's German Cup final.
But Kovac has failed to impress since his appointment as Bayern manager. Moreover, his style of play and team's performances till now are not good enough to earn the trust of Bayern fanatics.
Despite the criticism, it is very likely he will stay with Bayern Munich till the end of the season. Lets take a look at three problems he must solve to improve Bayern's performances.
#1 Poor team chemistry
Over the last few years, the Bayern Munich squad has not changed much, and seasoned performers in the Bayern squad seem to be out of ideas on the pitch this season.
Although everyone associated with Bayern Munich expected a tactical masterclass due to Kovac's tactical fluency with his former clubs, it seems he is yet to implement his philosophy with his new team. The midfielders lack the dynamism and versatility needed to stretch rivals, and have clearly failed to link up with forwards.
Also, there is genuine lack of pressing, and less work rate from creative forwards, which only leaves Bayern vulnerable to counter attacks. Often, with the ball at their feet, the players look like 'fish out of water'. They are the 2nd worst team when it comes to scoring goals among the top five teams in the Bundesliga.
Moreover, it seems Kovac's tactics and choices have divided opinions in the Bayern dressing room, which only harms the team's chemistry more than ever. The only way now for Kovac is to be more flexible with his ideas, and find the right combination for the plethora of talent at his disposal.