Bundesliga: Bayern Under Pressure To Deliver Against Leaders Dortmund
Champions Bayern Munich are unusually with their backs to the wall as they travel to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with coach Niko Kovac quickly running out of time.
The Bavarians, who have won the last six league titles in dominant fashion, have been far from impressive this season, lying in third place on 20 points, four off leaders Dortmund.
Their nervous 2-0 win over minnows AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday may have edged them closer to the knockout stage but it was further proof of their dip in form and their laborious style of play under the Croat.
Kovac, in his first season in charge, has so far failed to make the most of his squad’s depth of talent as they struggle for form amid reportedly growing dissent in the changing rooms.
Club bosses have angrily attacked media for unfair reporting but one indication of that dissent was the sharp criticism of Kovac on social media during last week’s 1-1 draw against Freiburg by midfielder Thomas Mueller’s wife.
Dortmund, on the other hand, are enjoying a sensational start to the season and only suffered their first defeat on Tuesday, losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.