Bayern Munich: Niklas Sule’s failure brings back bad memories

Updated on 03/17/2022 at 13:30

  • In the Champions League quarter-final, Bayern suddenly had to hope for a lucky draw like Benfica or Villarreal.
  • Because Niklas Sule is “for the time being”. The defense minister was in a great mood ahead of his impending move to Dortmund.
  • There is also a threat of pressure from the BVB.

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This failure really hurt Bayern Munich. And coach Julian Nagelsmann’s rupture of defensive coach Niklas Sule’s muscle fibers midway through the crucial phase of the season could be more of a headache than Borussia Dortmund’s race to catch up.

With a hard-fought win in a catch-up match in Mainz, the BVB revived the title fight, just four points clear of the German series champion.

However, Bayern is threatened with worse: Sule, who has been in good shape recently and will move to Dortmund on a free transfer at the end of the season, may also miss the Champions League quarter-final, which will take place on this day. Friday (12.00 pm) after suffering a muscle injury in the back of his right thigh in training and on 5/6 and 12/13 will be held in April.

Deja vu for Bayern Munich

Sule “For the time being,” Bayern said ambiguously on Thursday. After all, striker Robert Lewandowski was able to run at least one more time after a “minor injury” from training on Tuesday, according to the club. The irreplaceable world footballer appears to have escaped minor troubles with a failed shot attempt.

But how long will the 100-kilogram giant Süle stay abroad? Two weeks? Or is it more like three or four? The center back is sure to miss Bayern on Saturday (6.30pm) in their home league match against Union Berlin. Since Bayern had to score again after the last two draws. Sule will also miss the first international matches of the general World Cup against Israel (March 26) and the Netherlands (March 29).

“I will give everything for the club until the last day, and I hope we get two titles,” Süle recently declared. This project is currently suspended. Nagelsmann breaks his currently most stable defender in the middle. Dayot Upamecano, who was brought in from Leipzig for 42.5 million last summer, must now return from the bench to the center of the three series. The error-prone French must now surrender as Süle’s representative.

The current injuries to Lewandowski and Sule are a kind of deja vu for Bayern. Without top players Lewandowski, Sully, Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka, Munich were knocked out of the second leg of the quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain a year ago. After 2:3 in Munich, a 1:0 win in the French capital was not enough.

Friday CL Draw in Nyon

After all: national player Goretzka should be able to play again at the beginning of April, and thus for the first-class quarter-finals after prolonged knee problems and a fracture of more than three months.

Before the Union match, Bayern is looking forward to Switzerland. The draw for the next Champions League knockout will take place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday (12.00). The seven potential competitors in Munich are of a very different caliber. They come from only three countries.

England is represented by three clubs with the defending champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as Spain with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and surprisingly Villarreal. In addition, there are outsiders Benfica Lisbon. Bayern had already played against the Portuguese in the group stage and won both matches (4-0, 5-2).

“No opponent can dream of it,” said national team player Jamal Musiala after Bayern’s last-16 win over Salzburg. After the failure of Süle, it is likely that it will be Villarreal or Benfica. (dpa/ft)


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