Is Pep Taking Bayern Munich Backwards?
Pep Guardiola has enjoyed two seemingly successful years at Bayern Munich – running away with the German Bundesliga on both occasions and winning the league and cup double in his first season.
The Spanish head coach did however take over from a Jupp Heynckes side that had just won the treble and looking like one of the best team’s in the history of football at the time. Heading into 2015-16 they’re no doubt going to defend their league title with ease once again, but should they really be second favourites with Betfair’s Champions League winner odds?
The departure of Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United on Monday suggests something isn’t right at the club.
In fact, there have been murmurs that some of the players aren’t happy with Guardiola’s tiki-taka style at the Allianz Arena. Schweinsteiger being one of the those.
The perennial winner had been at the club for 17 years but refused to sign an extension to a deal that had only 12 months remaining. Why?
12 months earlier they lost a star in Toni Kroos, albeit it’s not easy to prevent players joining Real Madrid once the world footballing giants are interested.
Newspapers are even suggesting the unthinkable could happen – Thomas Müller leaving!
Bayern Munich’s season crumbled towards the end when they were thrashed by Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and eliminated by Borussia Dortmund at the same stage of the German Cup.
By this stage the league was already wrapped up, but that came to no-one’s surprise after Borussia Dortmund’s woeful start that saw them in the relegation zone at the midway point.
Can Pep Guardiola turn it around at the Allianz Arena? Do you think he’s doing a good job none-the-less?
When the likes of Thomas Müller, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben aren’t being used to their full potential because of the system, that’s where Bayern Munich have a problem in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich were a lot more attractive to watch and successful on the pitch during two seasons under Jupp Heynckes, in which they reached the Champions League final on both occasions, thrashing Barcelona 7-0 on their way to glory in 2013.
Since then, they haven’t looked like contenders when they’ve come to facing Europe’s elite sides. Pep may want to look at some of the old tapes to get the best out of that incredibly-talented squad he has…
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