Over the course of the past five seasons, Bayern Munich have exerted a level of unparalleled dominance in the German domestic scene winning five consecutive Bundesliga titles on the trot. No team has even come close to disrupting the monopoly of the Bavarian giants at home. But a month ahead into the new season, there have been plenty of rumblings of infighting and discontentment that threatens to derail the longtime dominance of the 27-time German Champions. From player discontentment to managerial uncertainty, Bayern certainly finds themselves in a tight spot early on the season.
The stars are not content
One of the main issues facing Bayern has been the alarming incidents of player discontentment surfacing in recent times. The management of Ancelotti has been questioned by the likes of players such as Muller and Robben.
Star forward Thomas Muller has struggled under Ancelotti and only last month the German complained about a lack of playing time under the Italian manager.
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Robben too expressed his discontentment at the way the team is playing in the aftermath of the 3-0 win over Anderlecht. The scoreline flattered Bayern as they struggled against the Belgian side for much of the match despite being a man up.
“With all due respect, after the red card we should have shot them off the park…The spectators deserved more,” Robben told German TV broadcaster Sky clearly frustrated at the performance of the team.
Lewandowski not impressed by Bayern’s transfer policy
The problems don’t stop there as Robert Lewandowski also got in a feud with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when the Polish striker criticized the club’s transfer policy as well as the grueling pre-season tours in an interview with Spiegel Online last week.
Rummenigge fired back at the comments stating, “If you publicly criticize the coach, the club or the other players, you will get stress from me personally.”
All these points to the fact that all is not well between the management and the players and it could become a hurdle too big even for Ancelotti and Bayern to overcome if left unchecked.
Ancelotti’s future remains uncertain
To further compound Bayern’s problems, Ancelotti’s future has also been a talking point in recent weeks with reports suggesting that the 58-year-old could move to the Premier League at the end of the season.
While Ancelotti has stated that he wants to remain at Bayern, he appears to be rapidly losing control of the dressing room and indiscipline seems to be brewing at the club due to his lax attitude towards the players’ offenses. Ribery’s tantrum at being substituted in the match against Anderlecht was but a small indication of the way things are at Bayern now.
Old father time is catching up on Ribery and Robben who are both well past their thirties
While Saturday’s 4-0 win over Mainz was a welcome relief for Bayern, it also once more highlighted the over-reliance of the team on Arjen Robben.
Along with Ribery, the duo has been a pivotal aspect of Bayern’s continued success in recent years. But with both wingers approaching the twilight years of their careers, Bayern seem little prepared for the eventuality when these two greats call time on their illustrious careers.
Bayern Munich does find themselves in a crisis of massive proportions and for the first time in a long while, the club does look particularly vulnerable. While they arguably still have one of the strongest squads in club football, it remains to be seen whether the internal infighting will allow the squad to fulfill its full potential this season. The club certainly needs to act fast to arrest the negativity that is starting to engulf the entirety of the club if they are to challenge for the major honors this season.