Uli Hoeness was unusually patronizing. "At Dortmund in the championship no one over," said the president of Bayern after the 2: 3 in the Bundesliga top match on the form of BVB. This condition and the unbearable in the Munich self-understanding fifth place in the Bundesliga but nibble on football champions record. So Hoeneß did not miss the weekend to warn the competition subtly before 2019. Then money is taken for new stars in the hand. Then the Bayern "the team face change quite a bit," as the club boss on the TV channel Sky said. Then the Empire wants to fight back – again!
The fact that the series champion needs a blood boost, which became clear in the fast-paced top duel at Borussia, even if Hoeneß said: "That with age, that's all cheese." Five professionals in the Bayern starting eleven were already in their 30s, to come Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, who are no longer 29 years old. For comparison: Dortmund's formation was on average only 25 years old.
Spoiled by six championship titles in series, the Munich had waived a change of staff before this season. Only national team players Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry (both 23) joined the team. The veteran stars Franck Ribéry (35) and Arjen Robben (34) received one (this time probably really) last contract. But the once-feared wing-tongs are beyond their zenith. Even veterans like Hummels, Müller, Jérôme Boateng and Javi Martinez seem tired and worn – physically as well as mentally.
Upheaval in summer?
In the consciously shortage of squad there are also due to some injuries too few alternatives. Quite unlike the magnificently fortified Dortmunders, where the new coach Lucien Favre can draw from an exciting reservoir of top stars and great talent. "For the first time in 14 years since I did this job, we had a replacement bank that did not have to hide from Bayern Munich," said BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Phrases like this hit the Bavarians in their brand essence. Hoeneß and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge should already prepare big things. Not for the winter break. As Hoeness coach Niko Kovac wants to get next to the already fixed transfer of the Canadian Alphonso Davies (18) no other player.
But after the season is on the Säbener road, where the recent Hoeneß statements about a farewell, according to a change in the club tip is approaching upgraded. Already in the summer, when Bayern was still the Bundesliga favorite and far away from earnings crises and top-game defeats, Hoeness had announced: "We are currently collecting a little money in case we have to buy something bigger next year. But the players who are in the squad now decide whether we will do more next year. "
Most recently, the Generation Serienmeister collected few arguments to promote himself and against extensive transfer campaigns. And on disappointment Bayern often reacts with large purchases, which is often proven tactics of Hoeneß and Rummenigge. When the Munich missed the entry into the Champions League in 2007, they took in one fell swoop Franck Ribéry, Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni. Bayern responded to the second league title of BVB 2012 with the commitment of Martínez for the record amount of 40 million euros. And because the Borussia remained dangerous in those years for the most successful German club, they were snatched in the next two years, the stars Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski.
This time, at least the black-and-yellow ones are certain that they are safe from a possibly wild Munich shopping spree. "At the time of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze we could not defend ourselves yet. I would rule out that one of our boys wears the jersey of Bayern Munich next year ", BVB boss Watzke announced on Sky and confidently declared:" We've taken some precautions there. There is no exit clause here. "