Michael Ballack sees the reasons for the FC crisis Bayern Munich especially among players. The former captain of the German soccer team and former professional of the German record champion said in an interview with “Kicker”: “I think that a certain process of saturation has occurred among the players and that the self-image for self-motivation is no longer as was perhaps in this very successful crown-The year 2020 was like this.” On paper, Bayern would also have a very good squad this season.

However, the current champion occupies second place in the standings after 28 rounds, 16 points behind Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After the defeat against Borussia Dortmund, the team and coach Thomas Tuchel reached another low point on Saturday with the 2-3 defeat against the newly promoted 1. FC Heidenheim.

Ballack: “A certain process of saturation has begun” among Bayern players

Tuchel's early separation after this season has already been decided. Bayern's only chance to win the title is in the Champions League, which will be played next Tuesday in London They will have to play against the Premier League leader, FC Arsenal, in the first leg of the quarterfinals.

The Munich team had burned two top coaches in two years, Julian Nagelsmann and Tuchel, noted Ballack, 47, who played for the Munich team for four years starting in the summer of 2002 after leaving Leverkusen. “When I hear now that they want to start another change with Ralf Rangnick and reorganize the club, they already tried it two years ago with Nagelsmann,” Ballack noted.

They were convinced of the quality of the trainer and wanted to build something long-term, “but they didn't give him time and, after a year and a half, they declared the project a failure. “Then they brought in Tuchel and it didn’t work again.” Nagelsmann replaced Hansi Flick in the summer of 2021, but had to leave his position again in March 2023 and Tuchel was hired.

According to Ballack, FC Bayern “should look very carefully at the overall situation and also take their time.” According to him, in recent years some things have failed at Bayern. “That is why those responsible must clearly use the lever to recover hunger and achieve clean stability in matters of hierarchy and salary structures.” His clear recommendation for action: “You have to get closer to the staff.”


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