Interim peak after the international break
Just in time came the two free weekends, which gave the reserve a break from international matches and a match-day off. With their head and legs rested, the young Bavarian team won 2-0 against the Club in Nuremberg and then 5-0 in Bayreuth. But the time for consistency was still too early, and from the following three games the team only gained a meagre point.
There was a great fear among the fans that the coming derby against TSV 1860 would lead to a real beating. No one expected to win, for everyone a draw would have been an honourable result. But the team’s performances were too volatile to enter the city duel with self-confidence.
After the 2-0 victory in Rosenheim, a very positive conversation between the team and the fans took place at the team bus. The perhaps decisive minutes for the excellent attitude with which the team played in the derby a few days later. The broad grin of Christian Früchtl, who was insulted by the lion fans when warming up, spoke volumes. The young Bayern team never seemed to be impressed by the not exactly friendly atmosphere. On the contrary, they were the more active and passionate team on the pitch. You will find a detailed game report on the historical derby victory here.
Afterwards the amateurs lost no more games, there were clear victories in Fürth (3-0), Unterföhring (5-2) and Buchbach (4-0). In the last eight games before the winter break, Tim Walter’s team clinched 20 out of 24 possible points. The triumph in the city duel gave the team the long-awaited self-confidence they needed in the defensive. At the same time, the cogwheels in the offensive also increasingly interacted better with each other, although Otschi Wriedt was absent from most of the games.
Regular season atmosphere during the winter break
A special feature of the Bavarian fourth division is the long winter break of nearly three months. In order to fill this huge gap, the Bayern reserve are taking part in this year’s Premier League International Cup for the first time.
Here the reserve teams of the English teams and the second representatives of some international teams compete against each other. The first match was won by the Walter-Elf 1-0 against FC Reading’s Under-23s. The Bayern reserve (without Friedl, Köhn, Fein, Tillman and Wriedt), fought bravely against the Englishmen who had upgraded their team with players from their first team. Niklas Tarnat scored the golden goal for the 1-0 victory. According to Miasanrot information, it was his last goal in FC Bayern’s jersey for the time being, his transfer during the winter break is a done deal.
At the end of January the team travels to England again and then takes on the Under-23s side from Arsenal and the second team of FC Porto before heading for the training camp in Spain. Other high-calibre test match opponents are third division club Unterhaching as well as the Austrian second division teams WSG Wattens and FC Liefering. The first league match against VfB Eichstätt is currently scheduled for February 23rd. In terms of personnel, no external new additions have been planned recently, but the departure of Niklas Tarnat could not be the only one. However, it is quite possible that one or two other players from the Under-19s move up to the reserve.
What the second half of the season will offer
The term “second half” is actually not quite accurate, as it started in November. Twenty-one games have been played, and the Bayern reserve still have 15 to play.
A gap of nine points to the top of the standings, but also one game less can currently be seen in the table. Though it is not impossible to get to the very top, it is not very likely. The recently strikingly weakened lions will come out of the winter break more confidently with their monster squad. At the same time our team is now more stable, but will still have to suffer some point losses.
It is also questionable whether all players will be available to the coaching team in the preparation phase. Köhn, Fein and Tillman were already in service on the Under-19s before Christmas. The Under-19s team will start into the second half of the season in January, so they may be allowed to claim them again. After the transfer of Sandro Wagner, Otschi Wriedt will probably be available to the reserve again. With Marco Friedl, this will probably depend on the personal situation of the first team.
Second place in the standings, which would be a respectable result for this young team, is within reach. Time will tell whether the lions will allow them to become a little irritating at the end of the day. And then everything starts all over again in the summer when numerous top performers leave the team. And the contract with head coach Tim Walter also expires in the summer. So there is a lot to do for those responsible.
In the second half of the season we are planning to publish a match report for almost every game of the Bayern reserve. We look forward to your feedback!