Analyzing FC Bayern Munich’s Titleless Season in the Bundesliga 2023/2024


Updated on 24.05.2024, 18:02

FC Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved only 64.5 percent of all shots last season, putting him in 12th place in the Bundesliga. © IMAGO/Passion2Press/Markus Fischer

FC Bayern Munich is looking back on its first titleless season since 2012. The reasons for this are obvious when you look at the statistics from the past season.

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The disappointing season was barely over when the FC Bayern players were already looking ahead. “There has to be a fresh start, also from our side, from the team. We have to show a different face in order to be able to attack again,” said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, adding: “It’s clear that things can’t continue like this. Everyone has a duty.” Veteran Thomas Müller added: “We want to get out of the season now and start again in the summer. We’re now looking to the future.”

A little encouragement from FC Bayern’s perspective: in the past, sporting failures have often led to great triumphs. Two examples: after the titleless 2006/2007 season, the double with the championship and DFB Cup followed in 2008. And after the titleless 2011/2012 season, the first treble in the club’s history followed in 2013 by winning the Champions League.

Will such a successful comeback be possible again? FC Bayern would have to eliminate many weak points compared to last season. A look at the numbers reveals exactly where the team’s deficits lie.

FC Bayern scored many goals, but also conceded too many

One thing is clear: The offense of the German record champions was strong with 94 goals scored and they are number 1 in the Bundesliga. Even the German champions Bayer Leverkusen scored five goals less.

However, FC Bayern conceded 45 goals. The last time FC Bayern conceded more goals was in the 1995/1996 season. Four teams in the Bundesliga conceded fewer goals last season – Leverkusen (24), VfB Stuttgart (39), RB Leipzig (39) and Borussia Dortmund (43).

Goalkeeper Neuer was not a safe support

Goalkeeper Neuer also often did not offer reliable support. He only parried 64.5 percent of all shots. Eleven Bundesliga goalkeepers who have played at least 23 Bundesliga games have a better value. Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky has 76.5 percent.

However, the entire defense of FC Bayern did not give a good impression. According to the “kicker” The entire defense committed ten major mistakes, four more than in the previous season.

Overall, the opponent was often more effective than FC Bayern. In nine games, the opposing team needed a maximum of five shots on goal to score a goal. This was often bitterly punished. In these nine games, Bayern suffered five defeats, one draw and only three wins.

FC Bayern, on the other hand, needed 20 attempts or more to score a goal in three games. This was the case, for example, in the 1:5 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern twice squandered a 2-0 lead

Another striking feature: even a lead of more than one goal did not necessarily lead to a win or at least a point. At 1. FC Heidenheim (2:3) and also on the last matchday at TSG Hoffenheim (2:4), a 2:0 lead was thrown away.

Coach Thomas Tuchel said after the end of the season in Hoffenheim: “It was another bitter and unnecessary defeat. That has happened far too often.” It was actually the first season in which Bayern Munich led 2-0 in two games and still lost.

The lowest mileage in the Bundesliga

Another striking feature was the low mileage. FC Bayern players ran an average of just 115.34 kilometers per game. This is the lowest value of all 18 Bundesliga teams.

This is not entirely surprising, as FC Bayern likes to let the ball run and therefore covers fewer kilometers. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement here. By comparison, Bayer Leverkusen ran 118.26 kilometers and thus came fourth in the league.

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Another aspect: The 7,843 sprints that the FC Bayern players completed were only enough for 10th place in the league. The German champions Leverkusen are also better here, with 8,011 sprints.

There are therefore many deficits that the German record champions must address in order to find their way back to success.

Sources used

  • The statistics
  • kicker (43/2024): Rapid rise after relegation

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