Squad unrest Bayern's biggest danger, says Strunz

The former FCB midfielder fears the stiff competition for places could cause trouble and is hopeful they can avoid a repeat of last year’s slump should they win the Bundesliga


Former Germany international Thomas Strunz believes unrest in the dressing room could prove to be Bayern Munich’s biggest danger in their quest for silverware after the winter break.

Bayern have been plagued by injuries this term, with players such as Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery all spending time on the sidelines due to physical problems at some point.

However, several players are nearing their comeback – or have already returned – and Strunz fears the stiff competition for places could lead to unhappy egos in the Allianz Arena dressing room.

“I see just one real danger when I look at the club’s objectives this season,” Strunz wrote in his column for TZ. “When all the injured players return to full match fitness, there could be some unrest in the dressing room.

“I have no doubt that Bayern will win the Bundesliga title at an early stage. In Germany, they are their own biggest enemy.”

Strunz then went on to stress that he’s keen to see how Bayern will deal with the lack of tension in the domestic league when the Champions League nears the business end.

“Bayern won the domestic title quite early last season and they lost focus a bit after that. They couldn’t replicate their best form again in the Champions League as they were missing three or four per cent. The people in charge know that there cannot be a repeat of this.

“Maybe they will get a bit tense because they desperately want to do things differently this time around. It will be exciting to see how that pans out.”

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