Shortly before the departure to Amsterdam Hasan Salihamidzic spoke on Tuesday. The topic of the sports Director of FC Bayern’s talking about currently, like most, is his own role and his contributions in the Association. What they wanted to hear the audience actually was Specific to the veteran stars of FC Bayern.

After Arjen Robben (34) had recently announced his retirement after this season at FC Bayern is known, language Salihamidzic also about the approaching end of the time of Franck Ribéry (35) in Munich. “The President (Uli Hoeness, d. ed.) has spoken of. I think it will be the same. It is a year of change.”

A year of changes but it is also for two other professionals of FC Bayern, who flew on Tuesday morning, while in the Netherlands, but in the decisive game to win the group at Ajax Amsterdam again, only the role as a supplementary player threatens: Mats Hummels and Javi Martínez. Both are living in the most difficult Phase of their time at FC Bayern are currently the big losers under Niko Kovac and face an uncertain future.

at the beginning of the season, as Kovac on the search for the right System undeterred and dizzying rotated, were all professionals in their operations. But this has changed. Also because the coach has to realize that his experiments have brought little except bad games and miss success.

Hummels and Martinez have in the System, no place

Therefore, Kovac adopted by the lively change and said even before the 3:0 against 1. FC Nürnberg: “Rotation will be in the Form, because it didn’t work. Rotation will take place, but only when one is injured or totally on the ground.” And after pushing: “For those who are behind, is not pleasant, but everyone has to deal with it. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

He would also have to be able to say: Also, Hummels and Martinez have to come with it. Two examples, which show how fast it can go on the way from the hardly dispensable tribe player to be frustrated reservists.

Goretzka, Martínez, Kimmich and Hummels (v. l.)

Three victories of the Bavarians celebrated in the last three Games in the Central Defensive position is the same Quartet played. In defence, Jerome Boateng and Niklas Süle, in front of it on the double-Six Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Two harmonious couples have found each other and recorded. Hummels and Martinez have since in the System of Kovac no place. Except on the bench. And that is not wrong.

rotated As Kovac still showed Hummels on his assignments often mixed services, especially in the running matches, he revealed the most massive pace deficits. Ill feeling in his coach he was, especially at the 2:3 in Dortmund, as Hummels, despite massive cold and physical discomfort on it’s own using pushed, and even in the break, insisted to continue the game. Although he felt “dull and hazy in the head”.

Since then, Hummels has played in the Bundesliga just two minutes against Fortuna Dusseldorf, when he came on as a substitute in injury time. To the rear hedge. Since Bayern was leading 3:2. Shortly afterwards, the balance fell.

That Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen on Sunday etched even in the “double-pass” by Sport1, he would prefer to play against Mats Hummels as against Niklas Süle, fit somehow into the current image. No good times for the world champion of 2014. As for Martínez.

Martínez needs Heynckes

last season, the Spaniard excelled under the protection of his patron and Mentor Jupp Heynckes, who had taken him in 2012, from Bilbao to Munich. But even he, in the meantime, obviously, of the former dynamics and the ability to the game from the defensive midfield to create and build, was to be seen in this season.

Jupp Heynckes (l.) with Javier Martínez

At the press conference on Tuesday night was asked Kovac if he’ll do the double-Six to two name Kimmich and Goretzka feast, or whether he could also imagine other players there. Kovac said: “Regardless of the two names We have with Thiago is a player who was up to his injury with the best player from us that comes so slowly, one who can play this Position.” Of Martínez Kovac spoke not a word.

On the third Sunday in Advent Hummels 30, Martínez it already is. Should manifest their role as a replacement player for the long term, you could start to think about the future. As professionals, you are sure to have a few more years. Maybe but not at FC Bayern.

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