It’s all gone from bad to worse for Bayern Munich, as their 3-2 der Klassiker defeat at Borussia Dortmund saw them slip to 5th place in the Bundesliga table heading into the international break. Niko Kovac has found it difficult to get a solid run going, and he certainly hasn’t been helped by the amount of injuries Bayern have suffered since the season’s started.
Club president Uli Hoeness has already dismissed the idea of bringing in reinforcements during the winter transfer window, but he promised a lot of activity over the summer. Having Kingsley Coman and Thiago return from injury in addition to having Alphonso Davies join from the Vancouver Whitecaps during the winter period is enough according to Hoeness.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, however, did not rule out the possibility of making signings during the winter period (kicker via TZ):
We always have our eyes open and are looking where improvements are possible at the individual positions. One thinks about it even more so when one has the opportunity and considers it sensible.
Asked by reporters after the Dortmund match whether Bayern might explore its options in the winter transfer window, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he could not “seriously answer” the question.
Between Salihamidzic and Hoeness, with an abstention by Rummenigge, there seem to be two opinions as to what Bayern should do this winter — or is Brazzo out of the loop? While it could amount to reading too much into this different of opinion, Salihamidzic’s statement could be cause for concern, especially in light of the press conference at which Rummenigge and Hoeness talked over him for the majority of the time. Rumors from the Bayern dressing room have also alleged that a handful of players in the Bayern dressing room don’t take Salihamidzic seriously.
Regardless of the disagreements that may or may not exist within Bayern’s front office, the team needs to get its act together after the international break to keep pace with Dortmund and the other three clubs above them in the table — Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Mönchengladbach — with or without winter signings.