If you use the word & # 39; luxury unit & # 39; googles, the search engine spits four messages about FC Bayern in their first five entries. No wonder: the German record champion has in any case in this country by far the best troop together, especially in breadth.
For the Bayern trainer Niko Kovac, however, the lavish offer in the midfield is mostly curse and blessing at the same time. Although the former coach of Eintracht Frankfurt can draw a lot, he has to explain weekly to a considerable part of his stars that they have to sit on the couch or even in the stands.
In the center there is now so much audience that the three positions that are awarded in the midfield become a rare commodity. One of them, who last year belonged to the permanent inventory in the Bavarian center, did not intervene well: James Rodriguez. His problem is also that he prefers to run in the preseason as a tenth, there he completed 25 of his 39 FCB competitive matches (five goals / seven assists), it is this position in the 4-1-4 -1-system of Kovac that currently does not There is one against one.
James passes internationals
Moreover, the Colombian came back with a bleeding in the calf of the World Cup and thus missed a part of the preparation including the Supercup and the first round in the Cup. In the first two Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim (3: 1) and Stuttgart (3: 0), the left foot had to settle for two short appearances.
To eliminate his backlog, the 27-year-old decided to abandon the recent international trip and work on his condition in Munich instead. He deployed additional services and worked individually with fitness trainer Dr. Holger Broich.
James struggles to regain his former level and insists on his first start-up effort under Kovac.
However, in the sovereign away match in Stuttgart Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller left a strong impression on the two eighth positions in the central midfield, so it would be difficult for Kovac, one of the two on Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen (from 3.30 pm in LIVETICKER) outside.
AD: Buy the new FC Bayern sweater now – here it goes to the store!
Rummenigge tells about James
But what James could hope for: both competitors were on the road with the DFB team and have a lot of excitement. Kovac is also a friend of the rotation and likes to surprise in the first eleven.
Quite unlikely, but at least possible that James avoids one of the wings. There he ran seven times in the preseason, scored two goals and gave an assist. His flanks were strong, as were his short passes. However, he lacks the speed for a real outdoor rush.
Rummenigge explains the plan of Bavaria
Sanches: "Do not have any weak points"
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gets enthusiastic about the many squader variants. When we look at the midfield in Stuttgart, Thiago played on the six, Goretzka on the eight and Müller on the ten, and Martinez, Tolisso and James were on the bench, "he said to Bayern boss Bayern TV,
James indispensable for Bayern
James standing on the couch? Hard to imagine – especially for himself – his self-image implies a place in the first eleven. loud kicker There are those responsible in the club who are very flammable in the current situation. That is another reason why sooner or later there is no way around number 11.
James also had teething problems in the last season, but then he launched it, also played in the so-called important games from the beginning. Eventually there were 39 seasonal games to be booked (eight goals / 14 assists). On average, James needed 121 minutes to score. An equally strong value as the success rate (90 percent).
Bayern wants to buy a purchase option
It is clear that they are convinced by James Rodriguez on the Säbener road. In July, when several Spanish media reported that it would take the former Real player back to the Spanish capital, the Bayern executives uttered a word of power and ended all rumors.
Bayern wants to achieve their purchase option of 42 million euros in the summer of 2019. So google in terms of & # 39; luxury frameworks & # 39; in the future, especially the FC Bayern spits out.