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Bundesliga Review: Drama At FC Hollywood

Bayern Munich Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich, aka FC Hollywood, enter the last international break before the World Cup in somewhat of a crisis.

The 10-time-defending Bundesliga champions lost for the first time this season, 1-0 to FC Augsburg, which after an emotional win over Barcelona in midweek, is probably to be expected.

But the Augsburg defeat comes on the back on three consecutive Bundesliga draws, which means that when Bayern return to action against Bayer Leverkusen on September 30, it will have been over a month since their last league win.

Bayern’s slaw start has seen them “slump” to fifth place in the Bundesliga:

Bundesliga top six after seven matchdays:

  1. Union Berlin (17 points, +11 goal differential)
  2. Borussia Dortmund (15, +2)
  3. Freiburg (14, +5)
  4. Hoffenheim (13, +5)
  5. Bayern Munich (12, +13)
  6. Borussia Monchengladbach (12, +5)

All the drama at Bayern has really turned up the pressure on manager Julian Nagelsmann who is angry at his players for not being sharp enough in the final third! The players are frustrated that he’s not taking enough responsibility for the problems.

Both sides are leaking their versions of the situation which is never a good sign. These things typically calm down during an International break,. but this one is different because a top German manager is currently available.

When Chelsea fired Thomas Tuchel, they unwittingly turned up the pressure on Nagelsmann because Bayern had a ready made alternative suddenly available to them. Will they take it? Probably not know, but if Bayern does not improve in what is a very busy October, I would not be surprised to see Tuchel take over during the World Cup break.

What could save Nagelsmann is if the Bayern strikers could find their scoring boots. When Robert Lewandowski left this summer for Barcelona, Bayern lost striker who has scored at least 40 goals in seven consecutive seasons.

The current strikers at the club, Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller, are nowhere near as clinical as Lewandowski is. The all-word quartet have combined to score just once from shots worth 4.8 xG.

American soccer fans have a new team to support in Germany as American forward Jordan Pefok’s goals have helped fire Union Berlin to the top of the Bundesliga.

Pefok’s goal at the weekend against Wolfsburg turned out to be the game winner and mean that Union went into the break with a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven rounds.