The elephant in the room for Bayern Munich’s attacking group this season has been the lack of a true number 9 in the squad.
Sure, the Bavarians have excellent attacking talent, but there’s no real top striker in the squad right now – the fox in the box that was Robert Lewandowski, who can carry a squad or be the center of an attack.
When Bayern Munich dropped a 1-0 decision against FC Augsburg, the topic came up in the post-match press conference and Nagelsmann did his best not to handle the situation.
“What changes if I say yes or no? If I say no, people will say he doesn’t want to acknowledge the problem – if I say yes, they’ll say he misses (Robert) Lewandowski. We had a number 9 on the bench today in (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting) otherwise we wouldn’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 by simply overwhelming the opponent with speed, creativity and powerful scorers from various positions. That could still happening, but right now the squad is in a serious offensive rut.
If you’d like to learn more about Bayern Munich’s loss to FC Augsburg, check out our Postgame Podcast below or on Spotify – where you can hear what went wrong, what went wrong and how hard it can be to get it all right. until the players and coaches are matched:
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