What Went Wrong For Joao Cancelo At Bayern Munich? A Look At The Disappointing Loan Move
Joao Cancelo, who left Manchester City on loan for Bayern Munich, has found himself on the bench despite hoping for a new start at the German club. The Portuguese player had a positive start at the Allianz Arena but has since lost favor with manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Cancelo is currently serving as a substitute, having been benched after a half-time substitution in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.
While Bayern Munich has a purchase option of €70 million (£62m/$75m) for Cancelo, it seems unlikely that they will activate it at this stage. Nagelsmann claims that Cancelo is responding well to his reduced playing time, but has said that he needs more time to adapt to the team’s style of play.
Joao Cancelo has struggled to find his place in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup after a promising start to his loan agreement from Manchester City.
The Portuguese defender had fallen down the pecking order at City prior to his move, and he made a strong impression in Germany by registering an assist on his debut and starting three successive games.
Cancelo’s loan deal includes a purchase option of €70 million, but it seems unlikely that Bayern will take it up given his recent struggles.
He has been relegated to a substitute role since being substituted at halftime in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14 and did not feature in Bayern’s win over Stuttgart.
Nagelsmann explained that Pavard’s inclusion in the match against Stuttgart had nothing to do with Cancelo, but rather to give the Frenchman some game time against his former club.
The Bayern coach also praised Cancelo’s reaction to being benched, stating that he is handling the situation well. Nagelsmann acknowledged that Cancelo still needs to adapt to the different style of play at Bayern compared to City, but is confident that with more time, he will be able to regain his form and contribute to the team.
WHY IS CANCELO ON THE BENCH AT BAYERN?
Despite being dubbed a versatile “joker” option by Nagelsmann due to his ability to operate in both full-back positions and midfield, Cancelo has found himself struggling to break into the starting lineup.
The Bayern manager has preferred Kingsley Coman in similar positions while Alphonso Davies has been favored to play on the left flank. Additionally, Nagelsmann has stated that he will not play Cancelo as part of a back three, leaving the Portuguese player with limited opportunities to showcase his skills.
With Cancelo struggling to break back into the Bayern starting lineup, it seems likely that Nagelsmann will continue to favor the defensively-sound Josip Stanisic at right-back, with Kingsley Coman given license to operate further forward on the right wing.
This system is expected to be in place again for Bayern’s upcoming Champions League encounter against Paris Saint-Germain, which features the formidable attacking talents of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.