Uli Hoeness is not interested in talking about about a crisis at Bayern Munich right now, even after yet another poor result, this time in the form of a frustrating 2-2 draw at Augsburg. The same talk of a “crisis” happened around this time last year, and we all know how Bayern finished the season winning.
Over the weekend, after Bayern’s draw with Augsburg, Fortuna Düsseldorf manager Friedhelm Funkel made a point of highlighting the amount of goals Bayern has already conceded in the Bundesliga this season as a real point of concern for them (Sport1):
Things are definitely off with them in the last two years. They have already conceded ten goals. At the time when Jupp Heynckes was coach, Bayern conceded 17 goals — but all season. Therefore I told my boys about Bayern in 2013: why were they so successful this season and won three titles? Because Ribery and Robben helped out at the back.
Hoeness responded with annoyance to questions about a potential crisis at Bayern. He told the press his only concern is Bayern’s recent difficulty converting chances (Bild),
Do you want to talk us into a crisis? With the exception of converting goals, I’m satisfied with everything. I also don’t see all this drama in the Bundesliga that is being made again. We’re not playing badly, but we’re also not playing consistently enough. We always have a crazy number of chances — and don’t put them away. The team simply has to concentrate more on scoring goals. I won’t start worrying when we don’t have chances.
With the right personnel, Hoeness continued, Bayern’s problem of conceding so many goals will certainly be alleviated. Javi Martinez as a defensive midfielder, he feels, will greatly benefit their defensive issues:
And this problem with conceding goals will take care of itself. If Martinez then plays on the 6 now, we’ll also concede fewer goals. He played very well there on Saturday. And last year at Christmas, when he came in, we won all our games, too.
Niko Kovac was asked in turn at today’s press conference about Bayern’s defense and Hoeness’ remark about Martinez. He said (Bild),
I line up the team, but I also often talk with Uli Hoeness. Javi did very well in Augsburg, but we also conceded two goals there. We have to work together at the back as a whole team just as hard as we work *[up front]. We have to rectify that.
*Bild current reads: “...at the back as a whole team as just as hard as we work at the back.” I presume this is a typo.