Only relegation candidate VfL Bochum have caused more penalties than FC Bayern this season. FCB have already conceded eight goals from the spot.
Munich - One matchday before the end of the season, FC Bayern must tremble for the championship. Borussia Dortmund has the better cards and could secure the title with a win and thus make the Munich team runners-up. There are several reasons why Bayern have not been able to show their usual sovereignty this season. A shaky defence is one of them, especially in the penalty area, the defenders of the record champions often behaved impetuously. With far-reaching consequences.
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Only Bochum worse: FC Bayern concede the second-most penalties this season
In this Bundesliga season, only relegation candidate VfL Bochum have scored more penalties than FC Bayern, with 14 points pointing to Bochum's penalty spot and nine times to Munich's. It is interesting to note that both Bochum and FCB each conceded eight goals from penalties. Of the 37 goals conceded by the serial champions, eight – more than a fifth – were mostly avoidable penalties.
The Bavarians not only made life difficult for themselves by causing the penalties, but also set a negative record. So far, the maximum number has been eight penalties that were whistled against Bayern in the 1974/75 and 2003/04 seasons. In both seasons, Bayern were denied the championship title.
Against Leverkusen and Leipzig, FCB conceded two goals from penalties
The fact that Bayern "only" conceded eight goals from nine penalties was also due to Sven Ulreich. The substitute keeper saved an attempt by Jonathan Burkhardt in the 6-2 home win against Mainz at the end of October. Manuel Neuer, who missed a penalty in the 2-2 draw against Stuttgart in October and the 3-2 win at Hertha BSC in November, and Yann Sommer, on the other hand, were unable to save a penalty.
Sommer had to take a penalty in the 5-2 win over Augsburg, and there was also a goal from the spot in the 4-2 win over BVB. The two games against Leverkusen and Leipzig were also striking, in both cases there were two justified penalties against Munich. Both players were ultimately very decisive in the title race, after the 1-2 defeat in Leverkusen coach Julian Nagelsmann was dismissed, and the 1-3 defeat against Leipzig saw Bayern pass BVB.
Two decisive games: In Leverkusen (left), Bayern lost due to two penalties, against Leipzig they again caused two game-deciding penalties. © Uwe Kraft/Lackovic/imago
FC Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard caused the most penalties in the league
At first glance, inaccuracies and a lack of concentration can be identified as triggers, but the sometimes excessive actions fit into the picture of this season. Benjamin Pavard scored most of the penalties, and he also initiated his team's defeat against Leipzig with his foul on his compatriot Christopher Nkunku. After 33 matchdays, no player in the entire league has more penalties caused.
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It would be an exaggeration to attribute the lack of points this season to the penalties caused. Nevertheless, the statistics show that Bayern have been struggling with a lack of cleverness for some time. By comparison, title contender Borussia Dortmund have only been awarded one penalty in 33 matchdays. (ajr)