Always the problem of departures: the fatal miscalculation of Bayern Munich

Always the problem of departures
A fatal miscalculation of Bayern Munich

Written by Stefan Ursfeld

Bayern Munich and the German League are threatened with the loss of the last star. Robert Lewandowski doesn’t want that anymore. The record champions are still striving for it, but the future in Munich can no longer be imagined. When a player goes, there is always a problem. Bayern Munich is not used to leaving.

Monaco. Robert Lewandowski is there too, he’s with Aston Martin. The Bayern Munich striker is preparing to leave and has announced new information in the next few days. Until then, the transport saga had almost reached the highest level. Any opinion from an expert is more important.

The impending loss of a top star is a domestic issue at VfL Bochum, but one of the most important national issues at Bayern Munich. The Bavarians divided the country. There are those who love the club and defend it against everything, and there are those who have nothing more than contempt for the giants of German football. Love and hate as motivation. This works in football as well as in life. And in football, Bayern Munich has perfected it for decades.

Then a day later it happens. Transport saga has almost reached the highest level of escalation. But now there is only a strike. Robert Lewandowski parting ways with Bayern, at least with words. After weeks of silence and talking through his advisor, the pole became clear. “My story at Bayern Munich is over,” the 33-year-old said at a press conference for the Polish national team. An earthquake-like statement in the world of football. So far, Lewandowski has not been a man of clear words. But there are no two explanations here. The best striker in recent German Bundesliga history just wants to escape. Although he still has a one-year contract.

mood changes

Strictly speaking, the message itself is not the earthquake, but the urgency just uttered by a protagonist. Why now, why so? Colleague Tobias Nordmann writes about this here in his play “The Most Aggressive Lewandowski Ever”. “The striker is on the defensive,” says Nordman. This is possible.

But the truth is that Robert Lewandowski will leave the Bundesliga and will not break Gerd Muller’s next record and will not leave Bayern in peace. In the past few weeks, they have repeatedly insisted on the current contract until 2023, but of course they have been secretly worried about the impending departure. However, as Uli Hoeness recently revealed in an interview with RTL/ntv, at one point they failed. There is no one who can hit Bayern immediately as Lewandowski’s replacement. However, a return for a final season seems impossible at the moment.

So now the mood is changing. As is often the case with Bayern Munich, who never saw themselves as a sales club and never had to learn the arts of letting go of a star. Bayern is not in Dortmund, which has to give away its key players to bigger clubs year after year. FC Bayern – Mia San Mia is the biggest and most successful club in Germany. Why should you leave him? When that happens, it usually gets messy.

Always the problem of departures

Like Niklas Sule, who will move to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer this summer and who cited a lack of trust and appreciation as reasons for that. And who eventually left the club somehow in dissatisfaction. Süle was not nominated for the squad for the last match in Wolfsburg, but then he was and still hasn’t traveled because he wasn’t ready for it. Both sides behaved unhappy, and a pleasant aftertaste remained.

Because it wasn’t the first time. David Alaba had already left Bayern for Real Madrid last year, with whom he only won the Champions League on Saturday. He was looking for a new sporting challenge and had to listen a lot on the way there. His advisor, Benny Zahavi, who also represents Lewandowski from Israel, is a “greedy piranha,” thrown at him by Uli Hoeness, and it certainly didn’t cause him to change his mind. Alaba left, the dispute was settled, but the stale taste remained.

In 2014, the record champions did not behave with particular confidence. At that time, world champion Toni Kroos left Bayern for only 30 million euros. Target: Real Madrid. There he rose to become the most successful German player in Champions League history. Bayern didn’t want him anymore, at least not under the circumstances Kroos had in mind at the time.

Lewandowski is all about confession

“Looking back on the past, one can say with certainty that one or the other regretted letting me go,” Kroos said in an interview with Eurosport in 2020. “Even if Bayern Munich didn’t get used to letting a player voluntarily leave him, that’s how it was,” Kroos said, complaining in other interviews of a lack of appreciation regardless of financial matters.

With Lewandowski, too, the reasons are clear. The topic here, of course, is lack of appreciation. More precisely: the disrespect of the club management, which negotiated with Erling Haaland behind the pole’s back and was not even successful. Lewandowski didn’t like it at all.

Another reason is certainly the lack of recognition in the international sports world. The better Lewandowski and Bayern get, the less significant their national successes become. The striker is not really eccentric internationally recognized as a goal machine, but only as a machine working in the Bundesliga. With Bayern Munich against international second-tier teams. Another reason to flee.

When Lewandowski is in the pit lane at Aston Martin on Sunday, he actually wants to be elsewhere. Just a few meters from the big racing stables. But they did not invite him into their world. Now Vettel is stable – but he wants out of Germany.

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