Bayern Munich is one of the most successful clubs in European football, having won the Champions League six times, along with numerous domestic titles. However, this season, the German giants have failed to progress to the semifinals of both the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. Despite this, many argue that the situation is “not a crisis” for the Bavarian club.
Firstly, it is worth noting that Bayern Munich have had an injury crisis this season. Many key players have been absent for significant periods, including Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, and Leon Goretzka. This has undoubtedly affected the team’s performance, particularly in front of goal. Bayern have still managed to remain top of the. Bundesliga, which shows that they have coped reasonably well with the situation.
Why is Bayern isn’t in DFB-Pokal
Secondly, it is important to acknowledge that Bayern have faced tough opposition in both cup competitions this season. In the DFB-Pokal, they were knocked out by Holstein Kiel, a team from the second tier of German football. However, Kiel had already beaten Bayern’s local rivals Borussia Dortmund in the previous round, and they went on to reach the semifinals of the competition. In the Champions League, Bayern faced. Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals, a team that reached the final of the competition last season. Despite losing the tie on aggregate, Bayern dominate both legs of the tie and were unlucky not to progress.
Thirdly, Bayern have still had a successful season so far. As previously mentioned, they are top of the Bundesliga, and they have already won the Club World Cup and the DFL-Supercup this season. They are also still in the running for the German Cup, with a semifinal tie against Borussia Dortmund to come. Therefore, it would be unfair to label their season a failure simply because they have not progressed to the semifinals of the Champions League or the DFB-Pokal.