Central defender Nico Schlotterbeck was the outstanding man on the pitch despite Freiburg’s defeat in the cup final against Leipzig. This is no longer surprising when you consider that the 22-year-old was one of the best defenders in the league throughout the season. in the Sport1-Doppelpass revealed Bayern’s sports director the reasons why the Munich team didn’t strike at Schlotterbeck.
It has always been Munich’s motto to land the best German players. However, this no longer works on a regular basis. Nico Schlotterbeck, by far the most talented young German centre-back, will join arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
In the past week, Salihamidzic has often been criticized for being too late for Freiburg. The Bosnian has this accusation with his Sport1-Double pass visit, however, corrected. “We weren’t too late with him,” assured the Munich sports director.
Referring to Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernández and Tanguy Nianzou, Brazzo explained that the defense looks “good”. “It wasn’t always perfect, of course, but we have faith in the lads,” he said.
But it is also clear that FC Bayern lost Niklas Süle, Munich’s most consistent central defender of the past season, to BVB. This will leave a gap. In addition, one still misses a Bayern central defender who can grow into the role of a defense chief. Hernández, Upamecano and Pavard are not great communicators. Schlotterbeck, on the other hand, immediately rose to become the leader in Freiburg. At FC Bayern he might have needed some time to get started, but he could have grown into the role very well.
Accordingly, it is already quite naive to build on the existing staff, especially since four central defenders for an expected three places are not much in terms of quantity. Bayern should have struck for the sum of a good 20 million euros.
It would also not surprise anyone if a central defender comes towards the end of the transfer period. If this is the case, the sports director’s statement can be used as a bad excuse for Schlotterbeck’s failure. In addition, it is difficult to believe that the central defender solution of the Bayern bosses would then be more promising.