Analysis: Struggling Bayern needs further improvement under a new coach

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-07 23:27:47|Editor: yan
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By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Bayern's 2-0 victory over a poorly performing Olympiakos wasn't much more than an advanced training session. This Saturday evening, the Bavarians will have to improve significantly when facing national rival Borussia Dortmund in the German Classico.

Having secured the last-16-round of the Champions League with four victories out of the four group games can only be the first step on a bumpy road the ruling German champions need to travel on his recovery tour.

To manage a successful turnaround might include to find a suitable coach of top international class shortly. The new man must form a team ready to face international challenges.

Thomas Tuchel (Paris St Germain) and Erik Ten Hag (Ajax Amsterdam) aren't available before the end of the season. Ralf Rangnick (former coach of RB Leipzig) rejected an offer. Now former Arsenal coach Wenger seems the last possible option.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho isn't what Bayern is looking for while former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri doesn't speak German. It has been Bayern's pattern over the last decades to only sign coaches fluent in German.

Next to Wenger, former German national team assistant Hansi Flick remains an option until the end of the season, but the 54-year-old needs to soon prove his coaching qualities on the highest level.

Wenger is said to be interested but assumedly won't join the 2013 treble winners to only help out for several months. Media reports speak about both parties to be in advanced negotiations.

The French manager is said to meet with Bayern officials right after the Dortmund game. The tabloid Bild is reporting Bayern intends to convince 69-year-old Wenger to take over until the end of the season and then make way for a younger coach.

Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is said to favor Tuchel. Other reports speak about Ten Hag.

The victory over the Greek record Champion was far from enchanting. But who expected an insecure team like Bayern to deliver a football-party after former coach Niko Kovac's dismission last Sunday evening?

The most vital conclusion out of the game might be that a turnaround can't be achieved easily. Neither Flick nor possibly Wenger can create wonders. No matter who will be the future coach in charge: He is facing a delicate job.

Currently, Bayern's squad is far from a well-working team sticking together. Team spirit needs to develop.

Interim coach Flick tried to set a mark when appointing club legend Thomas Mueller. Back to the Bavarian roots might have been his intention aside from creating a team of robust and hardworking footballers rather than counting on artist-like performers such as Coutinho and Thiago Alcantara.

Bayern's artist sat on the bench with Coutinho turning up on the pitch for the last two minutes. Bayern delivered a solid piece of football having to replace his back-row stars Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng, and Niklas Suele.

Flick tried to initiate a new hierarchy with Mueller as the team's leader and improve the poor mood in his squad over the last few days. The team he selected for Olympiakos was said to get in shape for Saturday's vital clash against the Blacks and Yellow's.

Looking at the result, Flick did a proper job. For more, there was simply no time. On top, the current state of Bayern's squad isn't on the level the club needs to reach to address its national and international goals.