Bayern Munich: Truly the Best Team In Europe

By Brian Arnaud
FC Bayern Munich
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FC Bayern Munich really is Europe’s best side, and they are playing like a team who looks like they can win a treble once again.

Last year, Jupp Heynckes took the side to an unbelievable season, beating out cross-country rivals Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals for the DFP Pokal Cup (which they later went on to win), winning the Bundesliga with a whole 25-point difference from second place, and finally won the Champions League final with an Arjen Robben goal.

The only teams to beat them at home in the Allianz was Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal in the second leg of their Champions League run.

However, this impressive record looked like it was going to end with a change in personnel with Heynckes leaving and former Barcelona player and manager Pep Guardiola taking over when the German retired. I myself can admit that I was very wrong. Guardiola’s Bayern has been playing some gorgeous football. They look like a stronger team than last year.

With David Alaba rapidly becoming the perfect fullback, the Austrian international has the attacking prowess that reminds some of a young Roberto Carlos. Also, with Franck Ribery pairing up brilliantly last season with the Dutchman Robben, they look like they are more in tune than ever, and if one is injured or in a position that they can’t play, players like Xherdan Shaqiri and German wunderkind Mario Goetze can fill in without a problem.

All this may sound like the perfect team, but one piece is missing: a central striker that can be their target man. Mario Mandzukic and midfielder-turned-striker Thomas Muller are the two players on the roster as target men, but Mandzukic is prone to getting into some trouble, and Muller doesn’t contribute much to the defensive cause on top of being injury-prone.

If Bayern were to pick up a true center forward like former Bavarian player Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose, the Bavarians can become one of the few teams to win the treble consecutively — not that they can’t already do that now.

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