Can Bayern Munich succeed despite defensive turmoil?

Alphonso Davies-Bayern Munich-German Super Cup Final-2020

Injuries and contract controversies could influence the proceeding of Hansi Flick’s men.

Bayern Munich are looking dominant since Hansi Flick had taken Ove as a manager, as they had carried their exquisite form from the treble-winning last season.

Injury Woes to Bayern Munich

However, injury woes haven’t sparred the defending Champions League and Bundesliga champions, who are currently without some of their key players.

Alphonso Davies was the first major player to get injured and will be out of action for quite a while. The Candian full-back turned out as a revelation for the Bavarians the last term, and with his injury, Flick has to go with Lucas Hernandez.

In the recent Derby win against Borussia Dortmund, Joshua Kimmich sustained a severe injury, which has forced him to undergo a surgery. The Club has now confirmed that Kimmich has successfully undergone surgery on his torn meniscus while stating that he would be out for at least three months.

Kingsley Coman is the latest to join the list as the French winger has reportedly suffered an ankle injury during a training season on the international break. However, the injury is believed to be less severe than any of the abovementioned names, and he could return to action sooner.

These setbacks come at a wrong time for Hansi Flick although his side has dominated all formats until now.

Kimmich has been the vital cog in Flick’s midfield following Thiago’s departure, and the German’s absence will be quite a miss for the Bavarians.

Contract Controversies

As the news of contract discussion between David Alaba and Bayern Munich fell through, it looked like the first dent to the spirit of Hansi Flick’s side. The subsequent rumours afterwards, did not help.

News of Jerome Boateng contract situation has further kept media busy recently that Hansi Flick would not like.

Niklas Sule has also been diagnosed to be COVID-19 positive. Bundesliga champions have to wait for his return to football, to have him as a defensive option.

So with Davies, Kimmch and Sule out, and two other central-backs ready for a life away from Bayern, the Bundesliga champions could expect some bumps along the way this time.

Anyhow, they can still manage to fill versatile Joshua Kimmch’s void in the midfield, with the likes of Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca and young sensation Tanguy Nianzou, with the latter one returning to training recently from his thigh injury.

Although the odds are stacked up against Bayern, they can still succeed in defending at least their Bundesliga title. It would be a shame to predict that they will end up short in the Champions League although they are currently rocking the group stage.

Bayern’s attack remains firepower with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane.

Above all, Flick’s tactical aptitude will help the Bavarians stay as good as they would like to be in this season.