Bayern Munich is among the many teams in Europe battling how to best build a deep roster, while maintaining any semblance of fiscal responsibility.
In an interview with Abendzeitung, world class player-turned-pundit Lothar Matthäus has examined the Bayern Munich rosters and thinks, well, it needs some work.
“The squad is good up to players 13, 14, but not afterwards. No further injuries can happen otherwise it will be tight. Bayern is still the top favorite in the Bundesliga and one of the title candidates in the Champions League, but the team would have to be more broadly based, with English weeks and international matches coming in autumn,” Matthäus said. “Thomas Müller, for example, who played two world-class seasons in a row, is now back with the national team and is therefore heavily burdened. Overall, the squad has deteriorated over the past few years, and a new hierarchy has to be formed first.”
Matthäus has already gone on record saying he would make a concerted effort to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, but rig
As for the current players on the roster, the former Germany legend thinks Joshua Kimmich is a priority with Leon Goretzka not far behind.
“Kimmich is the face of FC Bayern in the future, a leader and the future captain. He will one day take on the role that Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller now fill — as the game-determining actor on the pitch and the leader next to it. He has everything for it in terms of football and character,” Matthäus said. “Bayern must also do everything in their power to extend with Goretzka. He and Kimmich are the central players in the coming years — not only at Bayern, but also in the German national team under Hansi Flick. These are the two most important contract extensions that are currently pending at Bavaria. In the national team, Kimmich and Goretzka will be the new leaders when Neuer and Müller’s time ends.”