The elephant in the room for Bayern Munich’s attacking group this season has been the lack of a true No. 9 on the squad.
Sure, the Bavarians have some excellent offensive talent, but there is no top-flight, true striker on the squad at the moment — the fox-in the-box that Robert Lewandowski was, who can carry a squad or be the focal point of an attack.
With Bayern Munich dropping a 1-0 decision to FC Augsburg, the topic came up in the postgame press conference and Nagelsmann did his best to avoid addressing the situation.
“What will change if I said yes or no? If I say no, people will say he doesn’t want to recognize the problem — if I say yes, they will say he misses (Robert) Lewandowski. We had a No. 9 today on the bench in (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting), otherwise we don’t have another classic striker,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).
There was some hope that this attacking group could make up for the lack of a target man by simply overwhelming the opposition with speed, creativity, and potent scorers from different positions. That could still happen, but right now the squad finds itself mired in a serious offensive rut.
If you want more discussion on Bayern Munich’s loss to FC Augsburg, please check out our Postgame Podcast below or on Spotify — where you can hear what went wrong, what’s been wrong, and how it might be hard to get it all right until the players and coaches get aligned:
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