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Bayern boss Kahn calls the appearance in Bochum “unacceptable”. In Salzburg he expects a reaction like after the cup watschn in Gladbach. Defense moves into focus as a source of danger.
When posing for the group picture in front of the Munich Corona vaccination tram, a photographer called out to Oliver Kahn to “please don’t look so grimly” at the cameras. The Bayern boss replied quickly: “I was just thinking about Saturday,” Kahn replied with a smile.
No question: Bochum’s 2: 4 watschn has an effect on big FC Bayern. And in addition to the mentality debate, defensive work and individual defenses such as the Frenchmen Dayot Upamecano (23) and Lucas Hernández (26), who cost a total of 120 million euros, are increasingly being targeted by football experts.
CEO Kahn was at the promotion for the Corona vaccination at Munich’s Wettersteinplatz on Monday evening, still pricked by the embarrassing 2:4 in Bochum. The former goalkeeper titan expects a clear reaction from the current Bayern generation on Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) in the Champions League against RB Salzburg.
Matthäus: “I feel sorry for the people of Salzburg”
“I’m assuming that the players know that a first half like in Bochum is unacceptable. We fell well short of our potential there,” he said just a few hundred meters from the club’s premises. There, coach Julian Nagelsmann got his pros in the mood for the round of 16 first leg almost at the same time on the training ground after “a day to catch their breath” – and also with one-on-one talks, for example with Upamecano, who made a mistake too often.
Kahn is convinced that as a grandstand guest in the Red Bull Arena, which was sold out with 30,000 spectators, he won’t have to be annoyed again like he was in Bochum. “Sometimes it’s a good thing that you can now play in Salzburg a few days later in order to forget a result like that as quickly as possible,” said the 52-year-old ex-professional.
Kahn recalled the end of the DFB Cup at the end of October: “After the 5-0 defeat in Gladbach, we showed the right reaction and clearly won the next game. And I assume that will be the case now.” This was followed by two 5-2 victories in the Bundesliga against Union Berlin and in Europe’s premier class against Benfica Lisbon. Kahn’s former Bayern colleague Lothar Matthias Said something similar in Munich: “I feel sorry for Salzburg. Bayern not two defeats in a row. I would be surprised if Bavaria doesn’t win.” He types a 2-0.
Kahn: “We’re conceding too many goals”
According to statements by national player Joshua Kimmich, Kahn does not see a mentality problem with the Munich professionals. “When you lose big, the mentality issue is always brought up quickly,” remarked the Bayern boss. Kahn sees more of an attitude problem when it comes to defensive work: “I think that not only this season, but in recent seasons, we have been missing a lot defensively in the backward movement and in working against the ball.” Kahn clearly: “We concede too many goals.”
This is where coaches and players have to start, “that we have to work against the ball with more discipline and more passion. Nagelsmann should again deploy a three-man defense in Salzburg. “We have to solve things differently. It just can’t be so sluggish in everything,” he said.
Matthäus also shot himself verbally at the defense during an advertising event (Interwetten). “The big goal is to win the Champions League. The defense has to improve,” warned the 60-year-old.
Matthäus specifically reprimanded the central defenders Upamecano and Hernádenez, with whom the “price-performance ratio” was not right. The ex-Salzburg player Upamecano, brought from Leipzig, wobbles too often and quickly comes across as “a foreign body”. He’s been there for seven months now and hasn’t shown enough: “How much time should you give him?”
World champion Hernández also has “deficits”. He fouls too much, is sometimes too slow. “He was the most expensive Bayern player, so more is required,” said Matthäus about Hernández, who was brought in from Atlético Madrid in 2019 for 80 million euros. However, he does not yet use the word “mistaken purchase” for the two Frenchmen, said Matthäus.
In the case of world champion Hernández, he also looked at his top salary. “You raised the salary cap with Hernández,” Matthäus noted. Everyone begrudge the outstanding world footballer Robert Lewandowski his top salary. But other Bayern stars would not accept it if a Hernández received more than them. A year after defense chief David Alaba (Real Madrid), national defender Niklas Süle is also going to Dortmund in the summer.
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