Pep Guardiola: Will it be that Easy?
As Pep Guardiola take’s the reins of arguably Europe’s most exciting club the advantage that Bayern Munich, not only have on the rest of Europe, but especially the Bundesliga is becoming bigger and bigger.
Bayern were colossus last season smashing their way to a treble winning the Bundesliga and the German Cup with ease, before putting the cherry on top in the Champions League Final.
It wasn’t the treble that was so impressive, it was the steamroller like fashion in which Bayern secured the trophies, losing 1 game and smashing an incredible 98 goals in 34 Bundesliga games, winning the German top flight by a record 25 points .
After the perfect season, you’d think just a few touches would need to be added to the Bayern machine, but Der FCB look determined to take European football by storm, with the Bundesliga being collateral damage as one the greatest footballing franchises is set to be born, the additions of two of Europe’s brightest young starlets messes Thiago and Mario Götze, and the introduction of this era’s most successful manager looks to cement them as an elite force capable of dismantling any opponent.
So with many questioning who can stop Bayern on Europe’s biggest stage, can anyone even compete with them in the domestic game this coming season.
Closest (if you can call 25 points close !) to Munich last term were fellow Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, but as star player Götze leaves Broussia and heads to the Allianz Arena, the 2013-2014 Bundesliga title for many is heading the same way.
However I don’t see it as such a formality. Bayern are one team accused by many German journalists that are often lulled in to the ‘we are the juggernaut’ and the ‘no one can beat us’ mind-set, for them only fall to a surprising and rather un-present bump. And perennial Champions league qualifiers Dortmund, Schalke 04 and Bayern Leverkusen are not to be taken lightly.
Dortmund looked to have reinforced the squad that was beginning to look a little thin with the departure of Götze with the signings of Greek defender Sokratis from Werder Bremen, the capture of Liverpool target Henrick Mkhitaryan, and Gabonese goal machine Pierre- Emmerick Aubameyang.
With strong new faces, which looked to have added real fire power, Dortmund who may have taken a step back losing Götze have taken a leap forward with some clever signings not to mention the continued maturity of young talents Ilkay Gündogan, Sven Bender, and Mats Hummels. The black and Yellow will be no pushover this term.
Schalke and Leverkusen always seem to be there or there a bout’s and will be hungry to compete with the big boys Bayern.
Both have top class goal scorers In Stefan Keissling and Klass Jan Huntelaar, who in the last 2 years have won the German golden boot once between them.
Talented players such as Heung-Min- Son signed for Leverkusen from Hanburger SV and the ever improving Julian Draxler for Schalke will mean that both teams have enough talent and depth to compete.
Finally there is the effect that playing Bayern will have on the lesser teams in the league, beating the reigning champions will be an extra incentive, an incentive enough to cause something parallel to a cup upset against Pep’s all-star studied side.
These 3 or so factors will surely contribute to a competitive Bundesliga which is not the forgone conclusion that many feel it is.
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