FC Bayern: Nübel’s role after Kovac’s expulsion unclear – problem for FCB? | football news

In Manuel Neuer, FC Bayern still has one of the best goalkeepers in the world in its ranks. Nevertheless, the FCB bosses have long since arranged the successor to the 2014 world champion. But now this plan could be in danger – because an ex-coach has lost his job.

It is still unclear whether Manuel Neuer will keep Bayern’s goal in the second half of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The national goalkeeper was infected with the corona virus while on vacation and is in quarantine at home.

Nübel cannot get past Neuer at Bayern

The coming days will show whether Neuer can test himself free by Friday or whether backup Sven Ulreich will be used. But it is clear that Neuer is absolutely set as soon as he is fit again. There is no way around the 35-year-old at the German champions. His designated successor Alexander Nübel also had to accept that after moving from FC Schalke 04 to the Isar in 2020.

The former U21 national goalkeeper allegedly had a certain number of appearances guaranteed at the time, but ultimately only came to four competitive games in Munich. In the Bundesliga, he was only allowed to play in the meaningless game on matchday 33 at SC Freiburg, plus one appearance in the DFB Cup and two games in the Champions League, when Neuer was rested.

Not enough for the native of Paderborn, who was loaned to AS Monaco in France for two years before the current season. Ex-Bayern coach Niko Kovac really wanted Nübel and made him the undisputed number one in the principality.

Nübel slips up in Moanco

But the 25-year-old got off to a difficult start and was only able to convince the Monegasques to a limited extent. Especially at the beginning of the season, Nübel repeatedly made blatant dropouts. Nevertheless, Nübel was convinced that he had taken the right step, as he did last November table football explained:

“Moving to Monaco was the right decision and it was worth it. I play at a very high level twice a week and that was my goal. It took me some time to get used to everything at first, but with every game and everyone “I feel more confident in training. Regardless of football, living in a new country and a new culture always helps,” said the keeper, who also explained the mixed performances:

“At the beginning I noticed very quickly that I lacked match practice a bit. In addition, from time to time the coordination with the people in front is not optimal. Sometimes there is a lack of communication in French or English. English would be for me easier, but mostly I have to speak French. This process is ongoing and it will take time to find everything.”

Harsh criticism of Nübel in France

In fact, Nübel has stabilized a bit recently, but he rarely had the hoped-for secure support and therefore had to put up with heavy criticism in the media. the The team described it a few days ago as the “greatest Monegasque disappointment”. The slight uptick in his performances was only noticeable because his first appearances for Monaco were “catastrophic”. The newspaper also named Nübel, along with Xherdan Shaqiri, who had moved from Liverpool to Olympique Lyon, as the biggest disappointment of Ligue 1’s summer transfer window.

Nübel’s poor performance is one of the main reasons why Monaco is not gaining momentum this season and is currently only sixth in the league after losing the Champions League qualifier against Donetsk.

New goalie coming?

However, Kovac never moved away from his number one goal and defended Nübel again and again – also in public. Nevertheless, it has recently been speculated that Monaco could get a new number one in winter. One candidate should be Steve Mandanda, who usually only sits on the bench in Marseille, but is seen in various French media as an upgrade to Nübel.

Niko Kovac (left) is no longer the coach of AS Monaco. How does this affect Alexander Nübel (right) and FC Bayern’s plans?© DPA pa

After Kovac was officially kicked out, this speculation could be fueled again, after all, the ex-Bayern coach was Nübel’s last advocate. According to the French news agency, the favorite to succeed Kovac is AFP the Belgian Philippe Clement. It is not known whether he wants to sign a new goalkeeper, but still relies on Nübel or prefers another goalkeeper in the squad like Vito Mannone or Radoslaw Majecki.

Nübel after Kovac’s ejection directly on the bench

In the first game after Kovac’s exit, Nübel also sat directly on the bench. Should this become the norm, it could also affect the Neuer successor on Säbener Straße. After all, it is hard to imagine that the FCB bosses would still trust Nübel in this role if he returns in 2023 after the loan at the age of almost 27 without playing practice and only with the experience of just 84 professional games.

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When he returns to FC Bayern in 2023, Alexander Nübel cannot automatically count on more playing time with the German record champions. Coach Julian Nagelsmann countered the goalkeeper’s expectations.

The Bavarians will certainly monitor the situation in the principality closely in the coming weeks and months, because their plans regarding the Neuer successor may be thwarted.

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