Things have been far from perfect for Bayern Munich this season, but there's still a lot for the Rekordmeister to shout about during the international break.


Coming into their two-week hiatus off the back of a 4-0 win in Der Klassiker, Bayern Munich are just four points off the top of the Bundesliga table, while they're comfortably top of Group B in the Champions League and into the third round of the DFB-Pokal.


The season is still young but there have already been some incredible highs and remarkable lows in 2019/20, so let's take a look at some of the positives and negatives for last year's double winners this time around.


Positive - Still Fighting on All Fronts

Serge Gnabry,Niklas Süle

While 17 of the Bundesliga's 18 managers still predicted Bayern Munich would win the league title - Werder Bremen's Florian Kohfeldt backed Borussia Dortmund - it was still expected that the Bavarians would struggle this season. 


Even with the club's lower standards, the 2019/20 campaign has been disappointing.


But with Bayern Munich just four points off the top of the table, in the next round of the DFB-Pokal and all-but confirmed for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the record champions are going through quite possibly the best 'crisis season' ever for any European super club.


Negative - They've Lost Their Fear Factor

Thomas Mueller

Bayern Munich are a big name in Europe.


One of the biggest, in fact.


But that is slowly starting to not be the case in the Bundesliga, with teams no longer afraid to host Bayern Munich or even travel to the Allianz Arena.


This season alone, Hetha BSC and TSG Hoffenheim have picked up results on their travels in south-east Germany, while the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt, Augsburg, SC Paderborn and even second-tier side VfL Bochum have caused Bayern Munich some headaches.


Positive - Robert Lewandowski's Form

Robert Lewandowski

With 23 goals in 18 appearances for Bayern Munich, as well as a hat-trick with Poland last month, Robert Lewandowski is the most in-form player on the planet this season.


The 31-year-old has scored more league goals than the rest of Bayern Munich's squad combined, with their next best marksman being Serge Gnabry on three.


There are obvious concerns about Bayern Munich's reliance on Lewandowski, but having scored in every single Bundesliga and Champions League game he's started so far, the Rekordmeister can continue to lean on the Poland international if they're struggling.


Negative - It's (Another) Transition Year

Kingsley Coman

Last season was meant to be a chance for Bayern Munich to set for life without Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and cult hero Rafinha, as well as preparing for the imminent departure of ageing players like Manuel NeuerThomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng.


Although a fully fit Bayern Munich side is more than up to scratch, the Reds have found themselves lacking options off the bench once their first team gets rotated, often lacking the same creativity which has seen them win seven league titles in a row.


Positive - Niko Kovač Jumped Before He Was Pushed

Niko Kovac

It might seem harsh putting Niko Kovač's departure down as a positive for the club, but the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss was always fighting an uphill battle at the Allianz Arena that appeared to be holding the club back.


Disagreements over Kovač's suitability went from the stands, into the dressing room and even up to board level at Bayern Munich.


While many feel that Kovač could have been the right man for the job, the 48-year-old wasn't the star name that Bayern Munich craved and he wasn't given the same amount of freedom that he enjoyed under Fredi Bobic in Frankfurt.


With Hansi Flick now in charge until the winter break, Bayern Munich are in a much better position to end up as the league's Herbstmeister (the team who are top of the table after matchday 17) and can now focus their attention on appointing a new high-profile head coach.


Negative - Blighted by Injuries

Niklas Suele,Florian Niederlechner,Javi Martinez,Benjamin Pavard

Bayern Munich won't be looking to make excuses for their poor start to the season, but with just four players starting every Bundesliga match so far, there's been a distinct lack of consistency and understanding in Bavaria.


New signings Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perišić haven't exactly hit the ground running, but it's in defence where Bayern Munich have been hit the hardest.


Niklas Süle will miss the rest of the season after he picked up an injury against Augsburg, while the club's record signing Lucas Hernandez has also been in and out of the squad through injury, with the World Cup winner now set to be out until 2020.


Benjamin Pavard has settled in well, but with players like Alphonso Davies, David Alaba and Javi Martínez being used out of position due to injuries elsewhere, it's no surprise to see that Bayern Munich have conceded more goals than any other side in the top half of the table.


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