It has become quiet in the past few weeks, the FC Bayern. So quiet that Bayern President Uli Hoeness after the 4:0-said success in Hanover: “We now have the small crisis, I believe, is behind us.”
In fact, After Wins against Werder Bremen (2:1), the 1. FC Nürnberg (3:0) and Hannover 96 prevails for the time being of harmony at the Säbener Straße. Under Hoeness suggests that the opponents were from the top third of the table. But the deeds Hertha (0:2), Freiburg (1:1) or Düsseldorf (3:3), these Teams have almost finished the Chapter, Niko Kovac ahead of time.
That Bayern is the favorite role is, is a merit of the Trainer. Kovac has pulled out of the embarrassment against Düsseldorf the right conclusions. Especially his exchange in the midfield stabilized the Team in the past three weeks. The real Test is, however, yet: RB Leipzig will draw the newly formed Munich’s midfield in the evening (20.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE) to the test.
Why the match against RB in midfield
it will be decided On the midfield of Munich with a particular focus. No team in the League gathers as much possession as Bayern. Run the Ball until a gap opens up – so the game of the record-breaking master’s work.
The midfield is of enormous importance because of this game style. “Who controls the centre, controls the game,” is an old football wisdom. In the year 2018, this wisdom is not primarily on the game with the Ball. Balls distribute, the striker with Play feed: This task is the inside defender to take a long time. FC Bayern has with Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Niklas Süle three strong defenders in their own ranks.
the job of The midfield is more complex. Who has the Bayern regularly in possession of the ball values beyond the 65 percent, it must use a lot of players in the Offensive. Otherwise there is the risk that the possession of the ball becomes the end in itself, with cross-passes from one side to the other. Who is coming with many players, in turn, increases the risk to catch the counterattack.
The midfielder to be more Defensive and Offensive line. On the one hand, by supporting at the right Moment the striker in attacks. On the other hand, by securing the counterattack. The opponent can conquer namely the Ball and quickly through the heart attack, he slightly in front of the gate.
Both of these tasks Bayerns midfield was fulfilled in the phase of the crisis particularly well. The SPIX, and impressively demonstrates that While the values for the defender and the attacker remained for long stretches of the season in a stable, dropped the midfielder from the eighth to the twelfth round clear.
Especially Javi Martínez was here weak values. Not only that, the trained Central defender was not in the game building on the same level as at the beginning of the season. Also in the game against the Ball, supposedly the showpiece discipline Martínez, fell to his values. The Bavarians conquered with him less balls in the Central midfield. As a result, the opponent was able to run with high speed on Bavaria’s defender. These were unable to cope.
After the 3:3 against Düsseldorf Kovac to set up his midfield. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were the new double-six, and in the meantime also in the meantime, the injured Thiago has returned to the Central midfield. The result: Bayern conquer more balls in the midfield, at the same time, the structure of the game improved through the middle.
Now it is one thing to prevent a counter-attack of Nuremberg six-rounder Simon Rhine and of Hanover veteran Pirmin Schwegler. The larger challenge to the professionals of RB. While Leipzig will have to do without his three best midfield player: Emil Forsberg (injury) and Marcel Sabitzer (yellow lock) are missing, also Kevin Kampl (brain placement) could fail.
Leipzig is likely to still be strong after the break, the System of coach Ralf Rangnick will work regardless of the individual players. High pressure, the Ball in the midfield to win, right Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen on the journey – it will be against Bayern in the Plan. Thiago and his team-mates are likely to see for the first time since a long time an increased pressure.
Bavaria’s new midfield faces a big challenge, especially on Saturday, with Eintracht Frankfurt is no less counter-strong Team is waiting. In the past, Leipzig was the Bavaria, they were able to win all the games. In 2017, they managed to turn a 2:4 deficit in the final minutes of a 5:4. At the time, Thiago is not tweeted cocky: “It’s over, till we have said, it’s over.”
Perhaps this Motto applies to the current Bayern season by the Dortmund Broke in Düsseldorf, the record Champions could shorten with a victory against RB of the residue on the BVB to six points.