If you were following Bayern Munich last Friday then walked outside a storefront window only to have one of those ACME anvils drop from a window and bonk you on the head like an old Bugs Bunny cartoon, you might have awaken on Monday, navigated your browser to BavarianFootballWorks.com and wondered to yourself, “What the hell just happened?”
Sure, Bayern Munich won its game over Wolfsburg, but things have taken an absolutely crazy turn since that point.
After months of back-and-forth, things finally came to an official head: Per just about every report available, Hansi Flick decided he could no longer co-exist with sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and announced his intent to resign by using the media to do his bidding.
Since then things have somehow gotten...worse? Let us look at the ways:
- Bild released a timeline of how Flick got to a point where he could no longer put up with Brazzo.
- Then more details came out on what led to Flick’s desire to leave.
- Bayern Munich announced it did not approve of Flick’s resignation.
- Miroslav Klose pretty much said he’ll leave, too, because Bayern Munich has, well, issues.
- We found out Brazzo might be meddling into coaching affairs on campus.
- 12 selfish clubs took it upon themselves to try and destroy European soccer.
- The world revolted against the Super League.
- Bayern Munich offered its official stance against the Super League.
- UEFA took some pretty drastic measures.
- Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig announced they were not going to partake in the mess.
- The DFL and DFB took a strong stance against the European Super League.
- Tottenham Hotspur sacked Jose Mourinho and created instant competition for Julian Nagelsmann.
- Chelsea is going to make a strong run at Niklas Süle, leveraging the German connection of Thomas Tuchel. Süle, of course, was thought to be a foundational player for the future at Bayern Munich and now could bolt? Not good.
- News came out that longtime Bayern Munich assistant coach Hermann Gerland is contemplating his own future with the club after the Flick-Brazzo brouhaha.
And that was just a brief synopsis.
At BFW, we’ve been trying to keep you all in the loop as things change and progress, but admittedly, this has us all feeling like Henry Hill thinking the helicopter is chasing him in Goodfellas.
For Bayern Munich fans, the harsh reality of Flick’s desire to leave should absolutely hit hard. It is not often that a manager can do what Flick did in such a short time at the helm. From righting the ship to reviving careers to developing young players to — most importantly — winning, Flick is a unique manager who won’t easily be replaced.
Coaches will change, players will change, and heck, even European soccer, will likely change in some ways after this. For the Bavarians, though, change could be easy — or it could be extremely hard.
We’ve seen it happen both ways (*cough through cigarette smoke* Carlo Ancelotti *cough through cigarette smoke*), but now it starts again. Just when you settled in and got used to Flick’s ways and tactics, the transition period will once again start up.
Grab a helmet Bayern Munich fans, this is going to require some protection as you deal with the fallout from Flick’s decision...and watch out for those pesky falling anvils. If you get knocked out again, who knows what else could happen (Thomas Müller signing with Liverpool?).
Songs of the Day: “Catch My Disease” by Ben Lee and “Chips Ahoy” by The Hold Steady
Well...we’ve got some Bayern Munich action on Tuesday. Do you know that that means? I am going to outright steal the old radio gimmick: “Two for Tuesday!”
(Clears throat...gets into phony radio DJ voice):
“Well alright, this your main man with the radio plan for a rockin’ Two for Tuesday. I’m DJ Chuck D (oooops, already taken...let’s fix that)...I’m DJ Chollie Spins guiding through a midweek grind. So why don’t you settle in for this Tuesday morning and let WBFW rock your morning with some tunes to help improve your ‘tude. Let’s get this double unpacked and start with a feel good track from Ben Lee that’s sure to make sure your get-up-and-go doesn’t empty out like that office coffee pot.”
“Well ALRIGHT! If that one didn’t give you all the feels, let’s get down with a little diddy from The Hold Steady that starts out with a little horse racing reference and powers through with an upbeat sound that’ll make your toes start tappin’ and your lips stop flappin’ about how much you hate your boss!”
In all seriousness, I broke out a couple of tunes that deviated from some of the hard stuff I’ve been posting lately. With all of the craziness going on surrounding Bayern Munich, global football, and the world in general, I want to get some upbeat music headed in your direction. I hope you enjoyed them.
Bayern Munich’s biggest opponent today might not necessarily be Bayer Leverkusen. Sure, Die Werkself is a quality squad, but the Bavarians are dealing with a lot more than just a football match these days.
The team has come to terms with the fact it is losing a world class manager, but the noise surrounding Flick’s impending departure has not been silenced. The Flick vs. Brazzo feud has taken on its new life and you would be hard pressed to find a Bayern Munich fan who does not have a strong opinion on that matter.
In addition, there are several key players already leaving the club and several more headed toward contract negotiations. Even more, there are a few other players heavily linked to potentially exiting Bavaria prematurely.
Somehow Bayern Munich’s players are going to have drown out that noise and focus on a dangerous opponent in Bayer Leverkusen. While Die Werkself has not exactly lit the world on fire of late, they have just enough talent and just enough speed to make life extremely uncomfortable for Bayern Munich should Flick’s squad lose its concentration on the match.
In the end, though, Bayern Munich has more talent, but more importantly, a championship mentality. A win today would go a long way toward making that 9th consecutive Meisterschale happen.
The thought process here is that Bayern Munich will rally around its coach and the players will dig deep to enjoy these last few weeks together as a unit.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Bayer Leverkusen 1
Other Bundesliga predictions include:
- FC Köln 0-3 RB Leipzig
- Arminia Bielefield 2-1 Schalke 04
- Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 FC Augsburg
- Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Union Berlin
- Hoffenheim 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
- VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Wolfsburg
- Werder Bremen 1-2 Mainz 05
(Hertha Berlin vs. SC Freiburg will not be played due to a COVID-19 outbreak)
Last Bundesliga match day record: 5-3*
Overall record: 139-134**
Guest predictors’ record: 23-4**
(*Hertha Berlin vs. Mainz 05 was not played due to a COVID-19 outbreak)