Will Bayern Munich pay the departure tax for Lewandowski?

Bayern Munich’s crisis in the Bundesliga, after four matches in which the taste of victory was not known and ended with a goal loss against modest Augsburg, raised many questions and confrontations between the club’s management and many analysts.

Many analysts offer two views that are not necessarily contradictory but may complement each other.

The first opinion indicates a decline in performance in the domestic championship matches. As for the second, it can be called the “Lewandowski effect”, and he says that despite the team’s dominance in the matches, it lacks the scoring effectiveness after the departure of the Polish striker to Barcelona.

Supporters of the first opinion prove the correctness of their saying that Bayern won their two matches in the Champions League, in the midst of its scoring drought in the Bundesliga.

And Thomas Muller himself admitted before facing Barcelona, ​​​​that there may be a difference in performance between one match and another, depending on the size of the competitor.

In front of opponents like Inter and Barcelona, ​​the players can go out to the last breath.


After the loss from Augsburg, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn was a supporter of the opinion that the performance in the domestic championship was declining, and said that what was happening might be an indirect lack of continuity in the results achieved in the first matches of the season.

In the Super Cup, Bayern defeated Leipzig 5-3, and in the first match in the Bundesliga, they swept Eintracht Frankfurt 1-6, then won 0/2 over Wolfsburg and 0-7 over Bochum.

He explained that opportunities are created, but they do not crystallize into goals, and that this is due to the lack of effectiveness in the “last metres.”

However, some attribute the ineffectiveness of the goal to the departure of Lewandowski after Bayern decided not to sign an explicit striker to replace him, and bet on modifying his method.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann said this was not due to a technical decision but because there was no outright striker available in the market.

At first things looked good. Fasio Mane, Lewandowski’s replacement, appeared as a suitable solution to disrupt the opponents’ defense, but his performance declined significantly after that. Mane was also not an influential factor in the Champions League matches.