Bayern reserve head into the winter break

Martin Separator January 10, 2018

The starting position

Not few outsiders repeatedly described the Bayern reserve as candidates for the title before the start of the season. When Hermann Gerland was introduced as the new youth academy, his goal was to be promoted to the third division.

Of course, before he knew that it would wash the TSV 1860 down to the Bavarian regional league two weeks later. From that point on, the lions put together a squad that is outstanding for a fourth division. Based on the young Under-23 team, which finished second in the previous season, they built up a powerful team with the second division players Sascha Mölders, Jan Mauersberger and the third division players Daniel Wein, Philipp Steinhart, Timo Gebhart and Markus Ziereis.

Tim Walter consistently stated that the official goal for the season was: “We want to win as many games as possible and bring the young talents forward”. No wonder, because the Bayern reserve went into the season with the youngest squad of all time.

Three outside additions were made: including Angelo Mayer as back up for the second addition, Derrick Köhn. The left-back came from the Hamburger SV, where it was told that they were a little surprised about FC Bayern’s interest in this player. However, the fact that Derrick Köhn has now been nominated by the DFB for the junior national team for the first time shows that there has not been any wrong scouting.

At the vacant centre forward position, the search for several experienced strikers was unsuccessful. FC Bayern were unable to reach a financial agreement with Anton Fink and Sascha Mölders, but it was only with Otschi Wriedt from VfL Osnabrück that the general conditions were met. After only a few hours in Munich without any training session he also scored in his first match in a red and white jersey.

The spectacular 2-1 win over the highly regarded team from Schweinfurt raised expectations. After all, the injury-stricken team won the match in a 3-5-2 system they hadn’t even trained before. With a central striker they only knew for a few hours.

Indian summer crisis

Quickly it became clear that reality would look more laborious. At the narrow 3-2 in Eichstätt, Niklas Dorsch scored the late winner in extra time.

In Garching, Dorsch did not succeed in repeating this feat, despite a top-notch chance in the final minute – 2-2, and the team finally hit the bottom of reality when they lost to FC Pipinsried 0-1 at home. Against a promoted team where the coach is also a player and was thrown off the court after 70 minutes.

It was the most difficult phase of the season for the reserve, during which the team spent two weeks in England. At times, around ten injured players were occasionally joined by the permanent sending of players to games of the first team, including the “Traumspiel” and the “rescue game” in Offenbach.

Normal training operation was out of the question. The team of coaches had little opportunity to work on the weaknesses they encountered. So the team, which at that time consisted of only 13 or 14 fit outfield players, slid further and further into a low. A mixture of uncertainty and overload due to the lack of experience of the very young players.

The biggest blow was the 1-5 in Augsburg. Christian Früchtl was sent off in the seventh minute of the game as a result of an unnecessary action. However, despite a deficit and a shortage of players, the team did not give up and scored the equaliser they deserved. But after another goal conceded, everything went downhill. The 17-year-old Michael Wagner, actually a substitute goalkeeper for the Under-19s, was not to be envied at his forth division debut.

»Eier, wir brauchen Eier!«

— Oliver Kahn

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