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Where does Bayern Munich need reinforcement in Defense?

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All this movement in the transfer window has seen players come and go, but sometimes these players are unable to fill the gaps left by their predecessors. That made us wonder: “Does Bayern Munich have the players for the positions that need replacements?” In this three-part series, we take a look at each piece of equipment and see what needs to be done or what can be done. We will discuss which locations need reinforcement, which players can be the reinforcement (current players first, transfer targets second), and the solution that we think will be the most ideal.

Grades:

1. Some players will appear in both categories because they are versatile enough to play in both areas.

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2. The formation to use is 4-2-3-1.

3. Youth players are not included because they are relatively untested and the article may be too long. Instead, feel free to suggest in the comments which young players should be included.


The defense (and the goalkeeper)

In the final part of this three-part series, we look at the part of the team that could have prevented a bitter end to the season: defense. Players who fall into this category are Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, and newcomer Noussair Mazraoui. The future of Tanguy Nianzou and Chris Richards at the club is uncertain but they will continue to be included as no progress has been made in terms of clubs talking to the player and/or the club. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is also included, but will not be discussed as he is still going strong.

Bayern have scored 50 goals in all competitions last season, some of which were poor goals to concede, such as the 5-0 humiliation against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal and the 2-1 loss on aggregate. against Villarreal in the Champions League. Bayern conceded 51 goals in 2019-20 but still won the treble. Make of it what you want.

Now we will look at the positions in defense and we will see what the problems are, what can be done and what personnel are needed. Similar to Part 1: central players followed by the lateral players.


Central Players (Central Defence)

FC Bayern München - FC Salzburg: round of 16, second leg - UEFA Champions League

Lucas Hernández and Upamecano are Bayern’s default center-back pairing
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As in the first part of this series, the club has the necessary personnel for rotation/depth and replacements on defense. Lucas Hernandez and Dayot Upamecano are normally the starting CBs, but both players have problems of their own. Hernandez is prone to taking hits here and there and the occasional major injury, but otherwise he is the best CB Bayern have in their arsenal. On the other hand, Dayot Upamecano’s game is still not clean and he looks wobbly at times. Not to mention a Niklas Süle-sized hole in the back. Who does Bayern have as a backup if those two can’t play? Let’s find out who.


Replacements (current crop)

Tanguy Nianzou

DSC Arminia Bielefeld v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

Nianzou is still an unfinished product.
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First on the list is French central defender Tanguy Nianzou, who signed for Bayern in 2020 from Paris Saint-Germain. Nianzou got off to a rocky start, but since then he has established himself as a promising candidate to be Bayern’s next best option at the heart of the defence. Nianzou has a good physique and a height of 1.91 meters or 6’3”, which means that heading should not be a problem. The problem with Nianzou is that he’s still a bit raw and prone to rookie mistakes, like his positioning that allowed RB Salzburg a (consolation) goal in their 7-1 thrashing of the Austrian side in the round of 16. of the Champions League. He also has a knack for taking on reckless challenges, at one point receiving a reprimand from Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann after injuring Fabian Kunze, spelling the end of the Arminia Bielefeld player’s involvement in the 3-game loss. -0 from the host in April (see photo). up).


Benjamin Pavard

FC Bayern Muenchen v VfB Stuttgart - Bundesliga

Pavard is good or bad depending on which one appears in the games.
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Bayern’s 2018 World Cup winner and right-back Benjamin Pavard has been a mixed bag in recent memory. It’s a rock or a ghost on defense, it’s a literal roll. Pavard originally played at center before being moved to right-back, but the arrival of Noussair Mazraoui gives the Frenchman a desire to return to centre-back.


Chris Richards

FC Bayern Muenchen v TSG Hoffenheim - Bundesliga

Richards had an impressive loan season at Hoffenheim
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An FC Dallas product with a great future ahead of him, Chris Richards has spent the last two seasons on loan at TSG Hoffenheim and has looked impressive for the Sinsheim club. Many fans wanted to see the American defender play regularly for Bayern, but that might not be the case. French club Olympique Lyonnais are reportedly interested in Richards, but there are also rumors linking him to England and Spain. Should Bayern let him go or should they give him his deserved playing time with the first team?


Replacements (transfer targets)

Gleison Bremer (Torino), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples)

The trio of Serie A centre-backs have emerged as options to bolster Bayern’s defence. Koulibaly and Bremer are the most viable options because they are both cheaper (€35m) compared to de Ligt (over €70m). Koulibaly’s contract ends next year, while Bremer and de Ligt are contracted until 2024.


Wide players (wingbacks/fullbacks)

FC Bayern Muenchen celebrate winning the Bundesliga

Davies is an important part of the Bayern system.
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Alphonso Davies and Mazraoui will be in charge of the left and right sides of the defense respectively, regardless of whether Nagelsmann plays three or four in defence. The worst case scenario is for Bayern to play England’s Omar Richards or Hernandez on the left and move Pavard back to right back.


Final Verdict

The default bottom line would be Davies-Hernandez-Upamecano-Mazraoui. However, if one of the center backs can’t play or Nagelsmann plays from three back, then one of Richards and Bremer or Koulibaly (assuming we sign someone) will come in; Nianzou should be loaned out.


With Part 3 over, this series concludes. Thank you very much for reading all three parts of the series. One last time: we want to hear from you. Do you agree with our evaluation? Have we lost someone? Would you suggest anything else? Tell us in the comments!

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