Finding Bayern Munich’s flaws can feel like scouring every inch of a ruby red Ferrari for a tiny spot of chipped paint.
But, champions of Europe or not, Hansi Flick’s team are far from perfect – as newly promoted Stuttgart proved in blistering style on Saturday.
It wasn’t the first time Bayern’s ambitious, almost reckless high line has been exposed this season. And, with one of the Bundesliga’s quickest forwards lining up on the right of Stuttgart’s attack, you have to question why Flick didn’t do more to combat what opposition sides are starting to realise is an obvious chink in the Bavarian armour.
Stuttgart raced into an early lead at the Mercedes Benz Arena and, if you know your Frankfurts from your Freiburgs, it won’t have come as a surprise to see Silas Wamangituka so heavily involved.
The £7 million forward is like a bolt of lightning tossed by Zeus himself and it was he, javelin-like down the right flank, who put the opening goal on a plate for Tanguy Coulibaly.
Even David Alaba, who’s no slouch himself, couldn’t keep up.
It was the sort of explosive, bolt-from-the-blue brilliance that made Wamangituka one of Europe’s most coveted talents in 2019, when he was taking Ligue 2 apart with Paris FC.
The Scottish Sun claimed at the time that Celtic manager Neil Lennon had even travelled to the French capital on a personal scouting mission.
Why the Hoops failed to firm up their interest, however, is anyone’s guess. Perhaps £7 million was a bit rich for a youngster who only had 30 or so senior games under his belt?
But while Celtic were once again lacking any semblance of creativity or unpredictability in a 2-0 home defeat to Ross County, which felt like the final straw for an increasingly disillusioned fan base, Wamangituka was burning a hole through Bayern Munich’s back line.
And for the beleaguered Lennon, who obviously spotted something special in the Stuttgart starlet, Wamangituka’s coming of age performance against the treble winners must have felt like another pinch of salt in a gaping wound.
Here’s what some Twitter users had to say about the situation: