For the first time since 2014, the newly formed defending German champions enter a season without a traditional box-striker after Robert Lewandowski left for Barcelona.
Doing without a reliable goal supplier conceding around 40 goals each season could open the door to a new-game approach, but comes with an uncertain sportive future as the Bavarian club targets this season’s Champions League crown .
The club’s ambitions have put pressure on head coach Julian Nagelsmann as the team takes less time to get in shape, Xinhua news agency reported. New arrivals Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry are said to have got their first attempt at Bayern’s two-striker attacking line backed by two wingers and a forward-minded midfield.
While the Super Cup title is not a must for Bayern, a satisfactory performance is expected by club leaders such as chairman Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hassan Salihamidzic.
“Leipzig is one of our main competitors. As last season, it is important for us to first make an impression and show some strength,” Nagelsmann said.
While training raids indicate that Matthijs de Ligt (Juve), Ryan Gravenberch and new arrivals such as Nausser Mazrouei (Ajax) and Mathis Tell (Renanis) still need to catch up and get used to the tactical style of their new squad , the battle location of the forces established for their start.
On top of that, Bayern are waiting for FIFA’s permission to play for the tail which is expected next week.
Nagelsmann sought patience with his new players, but said a satisfactory week of training is behind.
After several days of intense tactical lessons, the team expressed satisfaction.
Apart from Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano seems to have gained an advantage in the race for the defensive centre. French international and fullback Benjamin Pavard is expected to start instead of Mazrouei, next to the former Leipzig defender.
While Kahn is praising the new team’s internal competition, the Pavard club are considering changes and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is said to be on sale.
Nagelsmann’s duel against the former club is gaining attention as Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer has agreed a move to Bayern, but both clubs still have to settle transfer fees.
While Nagelsmann said he was hoping the Austrian would play in the international Super Cup in Leipzig’s shirt, he explained a phone call with Tottenham coach Antonio Conte.
After receiving criticism from Conte for describing Harry Kane as a potential Bayern target, the Bayern coach said: “All is well.” Nagelsmann expressed his understanding of Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s angry response.
Bayern’s coach has said he is wondering why Barcelona make expensive transfers, while reports say the club is short of money. Laporta told Nagelsmann and Bayern to deal with their issues.
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