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Vater Tuchel is not angry, just disappointed at Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

There is room for improvement at Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern München v TSG Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

From the cold fringes of an arctic Bavaria, Bayern Munich laboured to get into their own way to come away with a sluggardly win at home in the first game of the second half of the season.

While there were signs of the definite improvements in greater solidity and compactness, there was always the unnecessary extra pass, the extra run, the extra yard or the extra moment, all of which conspired to keep the attack incredibly stunted and sloppy.

“We did a few good things in the game, but once again we weren’t fluid enough. We couldn’t bring the enthusiasm from the training week onto the pitch again. The result is great, we won 3-0 in the end, but there’s still a lot to do. We were sometimes too static, there wasn’t enough flow in the game. We can’t concede so many big chances in games like this when we’re in control.“ said Tuchel (as captured by @iMiaSanMia)

BFW Analysis

The team automatisms are still not set in the final third. It is not so much a lack of personnel but really a lack of mental agility. Bayern had so much possession in the final third all of it amounted to nothing, mostly due to telegraphed passing. The only moment outside of Jamal Musiala’s individual brilliance was a blink and miss first time pass from Thomas Müller to Konrad Laimer which amounted to an outstanding Oliver Baumann save. It is quick thinking moments like these that shows a players teamworking genius.

The team has too many outstanding players, and that is the problem sometimes. Every good dribbler looks to beat his man, but what then? This stunted attack stems from no one player in the build up looking at the bigger picture. The point of the dribble needs to be to beat the opponent to get the ball to your teammate in a better position. There needs to be a rebalancing between greedy (and very much necessary) dribbling/shooting and much much quicker passing/crossing to teammates in better positions.

Against low block teams, which is most of the Bundesliga “underdogs“ (sans Bayer Leverkusen this season) and some Champions League teams, players need to not only outrun but outthink the opponents before they get into position. This is the fluidity that is missing and has been all season. But the signs are positive that the team will get there.

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