Earlier today, Bayern put in a lackluster performance which resulted in them dropping two points after they failed to defeat Wolfsburg. They started off the game very well, as they prevented the opposition from creating any clear cut chances and controlled the tempo of the game. The second half performance contradicted their first half’s and they allowed the wolves to get back into the game. Bayern’s failure to cause the Wolfsburg back line any problems, as well as, their poor defensive and goalkeeping mistakes are the main reasons why they failed to win. Below are five takeaways from Bayern Munich’s draw versus the Lower Saxony club.
1. Sven Ulreich starting for Bayern within the next few months is a cause for concern
In today’s game, Bayern’s second string goalkeeper made a very poor mistake to allow Wolfsburg to score their first goal. Maximilian Arnold directly hit a free kick at Ulreich and the German goalkeeper atrociously attempted to clear it out. A mistake like that cannot be occurring on a regular basis if you play for Bayern Munich. A club that has ambitions to win the treble will not be satisfied with their goalkeeper making silly mistakes . With Manuel Neuer out until 2018, Bayern should hope that Ulreich learns from his mistake or else it may be a more difficult few months than many anticipate it to be.
2. The Bavarian club may have to be very reliant on Lewandowski to score the vast majority of their goals
Lewandowski has been scoring goals for fun. In the first six games of the season, Lewandowski is unsurprisingly leading the scoring charts in the Bundesliga with seven goals. Although this sounds great, it definitely should worry Bayern fans. There is no one at the club that has the goalscoring potency that the Polish international possesses. Robben and Ribery seem to be declining as they age and Muller is not as ruthless in front of goal as he used to be. Kingsley Coman’s finishing needs a lot of work and James, Tolisso and Vidal are not necessarily know for their goalscoring abilities. Bayern lacks a backup center forward and Lewandowski seems to be the only sufficient source for scoring goals.
3. Carlo Ancelotti waited too long before he brought on the needed substitutions
For the majority of the second half, Bayern were very unproductive in attack. they were creating very few chances and when they did have chances, the players fluffed their lines. Obviously, a change needed to be made after Wolfsburg scored their first goal. The game became very tight and competitive and something needed to be done in order to prevent Wolfsburg from scoring goals. In the games that they played in this season, James and Kingsley Coman have looked very promising. Bringing two players that are in good form into the game would have helped Die Roten create more chances and put more pressure on the opposition’s back line. If Ancelotti brought the two players into the game in the sixtieth minute, the outcome could have been different. Instead, the Italian international decided to wait until the eighty-fifth minute to bring them on and that was not enough time for the two playmakers to affect the game.
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4. Ribery does not seem to be able to play every week for the Bavarian giants
Ribery will always be remembered as a club legend and a class player. His immense speed and mesmerizing dribbling ability always kept fans out of their seats. At thirty-four years of age, Ribery is not capable of doing what he was able to do five years ago. He seems to have lost a little bit of his speed and has tired out. He is unable to affect the game regularly and his finishing is something that is left to be desired. A good example of this was his inability to put the ball in the back of the net when he was through on goal with no defenders in front of him in today’s match. The French winger has yet to record a goal or an assist in five Bundesliga games this season and it may be time for the manager to leave Ribery out of the starting lineup on a regular basis.
5. There will be more pressure on Jerome Boateng after his performance in today’s game.
Boateng has all the attributes that a defender needs to succeed in the game. For the most part of the last six years, Boateng has established himself as one the best defenders in world football. Unfortunately, The World Cup winner has gone through some injury problems in recent years and has not looked at his best since then. Today’s performance was a perfect example as his rash defending led to him conceding the free kick which led to the first goal. He also was out of position for the second goal, which prompted Didavi to run right through the middle of Bayern’s defense and score the game tying goal. There has never been more depth at the center back position then there is now at Bayern Munich. Besides Hummels and Boateng, Bayern have Niklas Sule and Javi Martinez within their ranks. With the young defender from Hoffenheim playing formidably for Bayern at the start of the season and Martinez continuing to be reliable as he usually is, Jerome must perform better than he did in today’s game or else he may have to spend more time on the bench.