Bayern Munich won’t take it well. The club has fired Julian Nagelsmann less than one month ago, after paying him more than 25 million dollars to be hired, in part due to his poor performance. went skiing When deemed appropriate. The Club is not likely to shrug off being removed from the Champions League But the German Cup, as well, within a matter of days.
Thomas Tuchel, freshly installed as Nagelsmann’s replacement, should be safe for now, but all around him will be a blur of change. Oliver Kahn’s role as chief executive is now being reviewed. Hasan Salihamidzic, another former player and now Bayern’s sporting director, will not be resting easy. Herbert Hainer, the club’s president, already has hinted that there will be churn in the squad, too.
If any of it will actually have an effect, that’s another question. As I watched Manchester City keep Bayern at bay in the evening of Wednesday, it was as if two clubs were moving in opposing directions. City and its other avatars in the new world of soccer are undoubtedly entering a new era. The Bayern, and teams like it, are fast becoming a thing of the past.
The whole picture, however, is far more complicated and simpler than this.
Bayern is not able to compete in the long run with City. The Bavarian Corporate Culture is no match to Premier League Resources and wealth of nation-states The days when Bayern could function essentially as a Bundesliga All-Star team — plucking the finest players from its rivals to perpetuate its domestic dominance and its European relevance — are over. Like Juventus and Barcelona before it, Bayern Munich will at some point bow to, or be bowed by, England’s economic primacy.
The macroeconomic trend of a decade is difficult to condense into approximately two hours soccer. In a match that defined the sport’s direction, margins seemed impossible to maintain. In this case, it came down to the fact that City has a fearsome goal scorer — Erling Haaland, you may have heard him mentioned — and Bayern, essentially, does not. Tuchel’s team created half a dozen good chances before Haaland scored in Munich. They just didn’t take them.