On Friday Bayern Munich opened the 2019/20 Bundesliga season with a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Hertha BSC Berlin.
It was two potentially valuable points dropped already in the title race. All despite the fact that the Bavarians had largely bossed the game.
Meanwhile, their likeliest rivals for the Meisterschale, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig responded with emphatic victories over the weekend.
After the Hertha match, club officials announced that they had agreed to a loan deal of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho as well as the permanent signing of Borussia Mönchengladbach youngster Michaël Cuisance.
These moves on the transfer market showed the pragmatic way forward for Bayern, that its CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had announced earlier this summer.
Now that the market demands ever-growing, crazy sums for new players, Rummenigge has stated that the club would up to certain point have to participate in that madness from time to time, (as shown with Lucas Hernandez), while mostly looking to sign more affordable youngsters (such as Fiete Arp, or Cuisance).
The rest of the future newcomers might be obtained on loan (such as Ivan Perišić or Coutinho).
Bayern Munich has achieved success over the past several decades in large part due to smart financing.
Unlike the big clubs of Spain and England, (or PSG in France) the Bavarians are not owned by some billionaire oligarch, but by their club members. That fact alone requires them to watch how much they spend. That sums up the culture and identity of the organization.
I sincerely hope that Bayern Munich will never abandon that, even in these times of the above-mentioned irrational spending mania. I hope that they continue to thrive, as they adjust their transfer policy.
A club of their stature has to sometimes spend in order to stay competitive, but they must also avoid overdoing it.