Pep Guardiola’s side is one of the strongest teams in Europe. After winning the Bundesliga title in record time, Munchen were knocked out of the Champions League by a strong Barcelona side who went on to lift the cup. They were slowly losing momentum in the end of the season with the league already won but will have to start the next season afresh in their best possible form. They don’t have huge competition in the domestic league and will have to lift a European Cup to prove their supremacy after few dry years in Europe.
With the season starting in less than a month, we will take a look at the side’s strengths and weaknesses that the opposite teams will already be looking at. We have also added a brief description of the transfer activity of the club in the present transfer window.
The Bayern side have one of the most star studded squads in Europe. They have some quality players who can change games on their own. The likes of Ribery, Robben, Lewandowski, Gotze, Muller and Phillipe Lahm give Guardiola a lot of options in all ends of the field. They are one of the most balanced sides in the world and have the ability to beat any team on their day.
Manuel Neuer deserves a special mention for his ability to win matches for his team from a goalkeeper’s position. He is agile, athletic and intelligent and rarely allows people to score against him. Though he has had his off days, Neuer and his defenders in front make it really hard for teams to score against them even on a bad day for the club.
The Munchen side has very few loopholes that can be exploited by other teams. They are a strong squad and have plenty of depth which gives the manager some options when matches will be played thick and fast in the middle of the season.
However, like we have seen in the last season, the players in the side are injury prone though not serious. This may well be a result of the hard work done by the players in the training sessions. The manager needs to re-think his schedule and has to give his players enough time to re-build themselves else, the club will have another season with a lot of injuries to key players. This will not help their cause if they want to cement their place at the top of the Europe’s elite.
The club lost Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United in a high profile transfer. But the image of the club meant that they had an immediate replacement headed to the Allianz Arena in the Chile star Arturo Vidal. They have also bought in Douglas Costa to add to the firepower in their ranks. These buys have made the team even stronger adding more depth to the squad.
They also lost Pizzaro and Pepe Reina in this window. Many sites have reported a rift with Mario Gotze and that he wants to leave the club. With top clubs in the Premier League monitoring him, it will not take long for the club to accept a transfer if terms are agreed by the player. So Bayern look like they will be busy for the rest of the window and will want to field the best possible XI on the first match day.
Guardiola will feel the heat after there were rumors of his job under pressure after a season with just one trophy which is less by the standards set by the club. Losing players can never be easy but with able replacements available, Guardiola will want to finish up his transfer business as soon as possible and start concentrating on his team.