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Slow starts a problem that Bayern seems to have no answer for

Hansi Flick
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Falling behind early in games has become a common theme for Bayern Munich this season and when they shipped in two quick-fire goals to Erling Haaland in Der Klassiker those problems came to ahead again.

Bayern’s form has been up and down this campaign but is still top of the Bundesliga and are essentially through to the next stage of the Champions League. However, they have often found themselves behind in games and it has been their main problem which has not been rectified yet.

One player that has not liked the way Bayern has been starting is midfielder Leon Goretzka and he wants his side to start games better and also would like his side to have a little more luck on their side in matches.

The midfielder spoke to about the side’s constant slow starts.

“There have been a few times this season where we’ve not been switched on in first 10 minutes or so,” Goretzka said.“You also have to say we were unlucky. We lost ball at some point, but it wasn’t like they played through us. It was as bad a start as you can imagine, but we have the quality to fight back. It took all our energy. Dortmund dug in defensively, but couldn’t withstand the pressure in the end.”

The 26-year-old midfielder has been in sublime form since making his return to the side and capped off yet another impressive outing by scoring the goal to put his side ahead with just minutes left in Der Klassiker.

Edin Terzic, the current interim manager for Dortmund saw his side race out to a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes and was visibly buzzing on the touchline, however as the game went on, those emotions turned to pain as his side was overrun by the league leaders.

“We started the first half really well, but finished it poorly,” said Terzic. “Between times, there was a lot of Bayern pressing. We had the chance to score a third, but then failed to put Bayern under any pressure. In the second half we wanted to press more in their half. We did a good job at times, but Bayern did fantastically well.”

Bayern had a mountain to climb when Erling Haaland scored a quick-fire double to put Dortmund into a 2-0 lead but as we have seen numerous times this season, Bayern’s powers of recovery are as good as anyone’s and that was on show again in Der Klassiker.

Slow starts have to be rectified

But Hansi Flick will know that his side must not start matches in such fashion when they come up against the top clubs in the world in Manchester City, Real Madrid, etc, during the Champions League. Letting in early goals will almost end the match because of the quality the sides possess.

Either way, it has been a problem that Flick cannot seem to find a solution too and it could come back to haunt them if it remains unfixed.


Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.