Bayern Munich resumed their qualitative performance in the Bundesliga competition with 2-1 victory against Hamburger SV, regardless of the fact that the win was not very convincing. The truth is that it has been a tough month for the German grand that have been under-performing lately. Unfortunately for the team, the victory against Hamburger SV was overshadowed by defender Jerome Boateng’s injury.
Despite that the victory came to Bayern Munich after an action that was far from the club’s regular ones, the team made it to their 16th win out of 18 Bundesliga matches. The German grand also secured an eight-point gap over their nearest competitors – the Bundesliga current No.2 Borussia Dortmund.
The two goals in each half of the game were once again netted by forward Robert Lewandowski’s excellent performance. On both occasions he got assisted by the forward Thomas Muller. However, the loss of Boateng was the bitter pill Bayern Munich needed to swallow despite the positive outcome of the match.
The defender suffered a groin injury right after the team of Hamburger SV managed to equalise. At first glance, the situation and the injury looked very much alike the one sustained by Mario Gotze in October 2015 over the latter’s international duty in Dublin. Considering the fact that Gotze is still sidelined due to the injury, Boateng is likely to face a sideline spell of the similar length.
Bayern Munich refused to be more specific on the matters related to Boateng’s future absence from action, but according to media speculations, the player could miss at least three months.
Considering the fact that Boateng had been recently called “the best central defender in the world” by football director Matthias Sammer, would surely leave Bayern Munich in quite a difficult situation after just recently extending his contract until 2021.
So, what could the German grand expect without the services of Boateng, who has been an indisputable leader in the back of the team’s formation. The truth is that the club would most likely keep up with the progress they have been having in their domestic competitions. In spite of the fact that Bundesliga No.2 Borussia Dortmund have been a threat, the team of Bayern Munich are not considered likely to slip to two or three consecutive defeats.
On the other hand, the loss of the defensive leader Boateng would probably cause troubles for Bayern Munich in European competitions. The absence of the player is expected to be a great blow for his side in Champions League Round of 16 tie against Juventus. Up to date, the Italian club have a total of 11 consecutive Serie A victories, meaning that their fantastic form would most likely be a great obstacle for Bayern Munich on February 23rd.
With less than a month away until the game against Juventus, the remaining central defensive options for Bayern Munich do not bring quite a positive prospect, considering that all players entered at this formation’s position have been suffering various injuries.