No one at Bayern Munich is talking about a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title anymore. The club are back in crisis with coach Niko Kovac likely to pay the price for the team’s failure to reinforce the squad in the offseason.
Bayern’s 3-3 draw against relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf have left the defending champions nine points behind Borussia Dortmund after 12 matches.
It was Bayern’s fourth consecutive league game at home without a win prompting Germany forward Thomas Mueller to note: “I never experienced that before.”It is, indeed, a record for the club.
The 47-year-old Kovac is in trouble in his first spell in charge of a major club. Kovac previously enjoyed success with Eintracht Frankfurt, helping the side beat Bayern in the German Cup final last May, but he is Struggling to get his current team playing as cohesively as his former.
It doesn’t help that Frankfurt are now two points ahead of Bayern, who are languishing in fifth place.
The last time Bayern were nine points off the lead were in the 2011-12 season. Dortmund were champions at the end. Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who previously said he would defend Kovac “to the hilt,” appears to have changed his tune after blasting the team’s performance on Saturday.
“What happened today is absolutely not acceptable,” said Hoeness, who said Kovac would remain in charge for the Champion League game against Benfica on Tuesday but made no commitment beyond that.
From Online Sources