After three straight Bundesliga draws, Bayern looked to get back on track in Saturday’s Bavarian derby, but a 1-0 defeat exacerbated the team’s internal problems.
It was only their first league defeat of the season, but Bayern have now gone four games without a win in the competition and the team, which won their 10th straight title last season, is in a mini-crisis.
It remains to be seen whether that will escalate further, or whether Nagelsmann will manage to get the team back on form, but Salihamidzic clearly questioned the performance as much as the result.
His verdict was that Bayern “can’t win the Bundesliga like this”, urging the team to show “discipline, greed and physicality”, clearly suggesting that it is lacking in every area.
Salihamidzic said: “We didn’t finish the situations, the few situations we had, we didn’t finish with concentration, we didn’t play to the end with a certain greed of wanting to score goals; and we also allowed few chances against us, didn’t defend those situations to the end, and we can’t win the Bundesliga like that.”
Salihamidzic, a former Bayern player, said the current squad is showing that they have “tough problems against teams that play against us physically, that knock us off our feet, so to speak”.
So far, there has been no suggestion from Bayern that Nagelsmann’s position is under threat, with early UEFA Champions League group wins against Inter Milan and Barcelona certainly helping his case in that regard.
But he faces intense scrutiny from the club, with results in Germany’s top division clearly causing concern in the Bayern hierarchy.
“If we don’t bring a certain discipline, greed and physicality, then you can’t win in the Bundesliga,” Salihamidzic said. “There are no more excuses now. We need wins now.”
Nagelsmann, the former RB Leipzig boss in his second season at Bayern, lost star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona last season.
Lewandowski’s de facto replacement, Sadio Mane, has scored five goals in 11 games in all competitions but has not scored in his last five matches.
As a team, Bayern are not performing at their usual level in the Bundesliga and it is up to Nagelsmann to stop the rot.
Bayern Munich’s 87-match Bundesliga scoring streak has been snapped and the manager has the international break to find out what went wrong.
Speaking after the final whistle in Augsburg, Nagelsman said he was “thinking … about the situation, about himself, about everything.”.