Bayern Munich just played in one of their most successful seasons in recent history — winning the German Bundesliga league title, the DFB Pokal (German national cup) and of course the UEFA Champions League. Winning all of these titles is what the club wanted and easily deserved, but now, they want more.
Jupp Heynckes, the mastermind of the Munich success, left his post as coach and is being replaced by former coach of the year Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard coached Barcelona to two Champions League titles as well as several domestic La Liga titles. He left his post as Barca boss at the end of the 2011-2012 season before taking a sabbatical for a year with his family in New York.
Now, he is ready to take over the European champions.
Guardiola’s style contradicts the one that Munich have been playing with for the past several seasons as his 4-3-3 is extremely different than their traditional 4-2-3-1.
Guardiola’s rival team in Spain, Real Madrid, uses the same 4-2-3-1 system that Munich uses. Will he want to build his team with that formation or attempt to convert to a 4-3-3 system is the question. Whichever formation he uses should be successful since the individual and total team talent the German champions have should be sufficient.
Now, the time has come to realize that this Munich team will be a super squad under Guardiola’s guidance. If for some reason he can not mesh with this group of brilliant talent, he will lose his job in less than a year or two. After all the success they had, they can not take too much of a gamble if results go downhill.
However, that is not what is expected to happen. His job is to build onto recent success and bring them to even newer heights of success. If anyone is going to do it, it has to be him.