For the last 5 years, it has been very hard to argue that Barcelona have not been the best team in the world. To say another club are better would seem ridiculous. From next season, however, I think that there is a new team who can claim that throne; FC Bayern München. Already with unbelievably talented players, such as Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, so much so, they beat a Dortmund team looking for their 3rd straight Bundersliga title with 6 games to go, it’s frightening to think how good they will be with Pep Guardiola, and just a couple of the players that they have been linked with.
Bayern have been one of the few teams who (arguably) have been consistently good in the modern game. They may not have won as many European Cups or Bundersliga’s as they or their fans would have liked, but their team has had players who could have easily fitted into any other team in the world (Oliver Kahn and Élber, to name a couple), so the fact that their squad has so much talent and depth, only shows the maintained progress that Bayern has made.
As every football fan in the world now knows, Pep Guardiola, the respected former Barcelona player and manager, will take over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer, and for those fans who worship good football, Guardiola is the God. So with him possibly bringing his playing style (there have been questions over whether he will bring his Barca style or continue with Bayern’s focus on the wings) and certain players joining (with who they’ve been linked with, it could be from a selection of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Neymar, and maybe a certain Robert Lewandowski from their (usual) title rivals, Borussia Dortmund), the team from Bavaria could be a dream to watch. Now, with the confirmed signing of Mario Götze, that No. 9 role seems to have been perfectly filled. What they have got in Götze, is a player whose creativity has the potential to match that of Andrés Iniesta, a player who certainly could improve any team in the world.
So within two years’ time, I really think that Bayern Munich will be as good, if not better, than the Catalonian giants. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the Dortmund team, but how long can they keep hold of key players, like Hummels, Lewandowski and Gündoğan, for? You’ve seen what’s happened to Götze. It’s a shame, with their team being so young, yet so talented, that the squad could be broken up so easily and it highlights the difference between the two top German sides; Bayern are and have always been one of the few clubs in world football where nearly every player would want to join. This ability to ‘sign who they want’ just increases my determined thinking that Munich could be the top footballing side soon.
N.B. This was written before their 4-1 win over Barcelona.
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