FC Bayern rang a total of 37 times this Bundesliga season, which is at least an improvement compared to the previous year under ex-coach Hansi Flick: the defense around keeper Manuel Neuer even had to concede 44 goals in the league.
Nevertheless: After the departure of the former defensive greats David Alaba and Jérôme Boateng, everything was far from perfect on Bayern’s defensive end. Part two of the AZ masterpieces – this time for the defensive line.
The Frenchman is still a constant in the defensive area, there are 36 appearances in Pavard’s balance sheet across all competitions. The 26-year-old managed two assists – a bit small for a right-back who takes a lot of crosses. Therefore, Bayern brought Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer, Pavard should play in central defense in the future.
At the end there was a waddle for the Soon-Dortmunder: Because Süle skipped the game in Wolfsburg as well as the performance in front of the fans at Nockherberg, Uli Hoeneß described Süle’s behavior as “catastrophic”. In fact, the defender’s farewell was extremely unfortunate, and his sporting performance over the course of the season was also only average.
The left foot is not a defensive chief, but he simply communicates less than Alaba before moving to Real Madrid in 2021 and shows more weaknesses in the build-up game. But Hernández undoubtedly has strong qualities in a duel that are good for Bayern. A decent season, he will continue to be with coach Julian Nagelsmann in the future.
The 23-year-old Frenchman came from RB Leipzig before the season for 42.5 million euros, so far Upamecano has not proved to be a top reinforcement. After a few individual mistakes, however, he has shown an upward trend in recent weeks, and Nagelsmann continues to trust him fully.
“He played the last four or five games much more stably than the months before, when it was unstable,” said the coach after the 2-2 win in Wolfsburg: “Now he’s arrived very well, is also extremely accepted in the team and is will certainly be much more stable next year.”
Will the 19-year-old make the leap from talent to a reliable alternative in the center of defense in the coming season? Nianzou’s performances, like Upamecano’s, were too shaky, too uncertain, too nervous. After all, he was used by Nagelsmann in 22 games, the coach believes the Frenchman is capable of the next development step. Nianzou should not be awarded, but stay.
The end of the season went well for the Croatian international, Stanisic was in the starting line-up for the draw in Wolfsburg and scored his first Bundesliga goal with a header. “The goal felt amazing,” he said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win, that would of course have made it all the better. There could have been more.” Stanisic was unable to play for three months this season due to a torn muscle, and now he’s fighting his way back up. Loan is not an issue for Stanisic, Nagelsmann continues to see him as an important option.
Sarr was celebrated by the fans at Nockherberg on Saturday evening, which was certainly good for Bayern’s right-back. Because Sarr experienced another unsatisfactory season, he was only allowed to play twelve times on the pitch. A sale this summer is conceivable.
Even the Englishman, who was hired as a back-up for the left-back, hardly plays a role at Nagelsmann. In 17 mostly short missions, Richards managed an assist. As with Sarr, the paths could now separate.
The Canadian was very unlucky, in January he contracted a mild heart muscle infection after his corona disease and was out for almost three months. Davies was extremely missing from his team, Bayern collapsed in the second half of the season. The left-back has six assists in 31 games this season. Next season should be more positive for Davies and the rest of Bayern’s defence.
This article was written by Maximilian Koch
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