Bayern Munich | Spoilt for Choice
Whilst currently storming the Bundesliga by 14 points and barring a total collapse against Arsenal at the Allianz Arena a week on Wednesday, Bayern Munich appear to have it all right now.
And with a class display in their 1-0 victory against big rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal Cup Quarter-Final in midweek, a treble is also not out of the question for Jupp Heynckes men. Include this with the pending arrival of one of Catalonia’s most cherished sons in the summer; it would seem the future is intensely bright for the German powerhouse.
Arjen Robben’s quality shone throughout the match and this was emphasised none more than by his trademark strike just before the break. Faced with a wall of Dortmund defenders on the edge of the box, he then cut inside and let fly with that lethal left boot to leave Roman Weidenfeller grasping at thin air and send the 71, 000 home fans into raptures.
Playing with the usual swagger and efficiency of the all the great German club sides of the past, perhaps only a belief in their own press can contribute to Bayern’s downfall you would feel. However with heartbreak in two of the past three Champions League Finals behind them, one gets the impression that sooner or later, this anomaly will be put right.
In some quarters, there are reservations on whether Pep Guardiola will be able to transfer his brand of Tiki-Taka magic to that of a team and whose league are re-nowned for a very different style of football: much the same challenge was thrown at Jose Mourinho whose defensive/counter-attacking style at Real Madrid has still yet to win over a large majority of fans and critics alike in Spain.
Established international stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Frank Ribery and Mario Gomez will be chomping at the bit to work with Guardiola, whilst others may decide to move on once Heynckes tenure is up. Come what may, FCB supporters should not expect sweeping changes, more a case of gradual team building.
Any sudden alteration to the current style of play would no doubt upset the balance of the team, but it is inevitable at some point the club will dispense with the need for certain players who may not fit in with the young Spaniards plans.
Clearly, the team and infrastructure are in place. All Bayern need now are the finishing touches which if applied correctly by their new coach, could seem them carry out the same level of domination as his ex-charges both domestically and on the European stage for a few years to come.