Hans-Dieter Flick has the coveted hot seat at the Allianz Arena but it does not look he will see out his contract with the Bundesliga giants.
Bayern Munich do not lose a lot of games. Even less so in successive matches. But under caretaker manger Hans-Dieter Flick they have managed exactly that.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s played hosts to the Bavaria giants, with the result important for the Bundesliga title race. Gladbach needed a win to ensure they maintain their position at the top of points table. Munich needed a win to half the deficit to the summit.
All the while RB Leipzig awaited the result. Points for Bayern would allow them to take pole position. With a relative easy fixture list coming up, they will be winter champions going into the new year.
Gladbach has ruined the party for the seven times successive German champions. The Red Bull backed side has been waiting in the wings for Munich to collapse but have seen their chance taken by the surprise leaders.
At the Borussia Park, goal action was reserved for the second half. Ivan Perisic gave the traveling side the lead. The Croatian winger’s goal came to nothing as Ramy Bensebaini had other ideas. He equalized at the hour mark and put the match beyond any doubt in injury time.
Titles are won with hard work and a little bit of luck. It was luck that was on Marco Rose’s side. Bayern bossed possession and had superior shots on target statistics. However, they return to Bavaria with nothing to show for.
Lewandowski alone at the front
Robert Lewandowski had dragged Bayern Munich in the current campaign. But it is the other attacking outlets that need to be producing as well. His 16 goals for Die Roten are followed by Serge Gnabry who only has 4 to his name.
Niko Kovac could not change this disproportionate reliance on the Polish attacker. And it has not changed under Flick.
Now with successive defeats against Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, it looks as it Flick will tread his predecessors path.
Four fixtures remain until the squad takes off for end of season vacations, and Flick needs results going his way. Another poor performance and he will not stay in charge for long. There is still time to salvage the season and Bayern should act sooner rather than later.