Tyron from 3 On 1 Counter discusses the new superpower in European football, Bayern Munich.
With Bayern Munich having already acquired the managerial talents of Pep Guardiola for at least the next three seasons, many fans and neutrals alike will undoubtedly believe that the Munich giants will become the next Barcelona of the beautiful game.
With the purchase of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund confirmed Tuesday, and a reported £250m still to spend should Pep wish to splurge on new players, it’s clear to see there is a willingness to expand. However, Pep will no doubt be looking to shrink the squad at the same time.
Mario Gomez looks set to be leaving the club, despite have 16 goals in 26 games this term. With the likes of both Manchester City and Chelsea interested, and Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski both constantly linked with moves to Bayern, a transfer looks a certainty. It is surprising that a player who appears to be one of the most influential strikers in Europe appears not to be under consideration for Pep.
There has been a transfer windmill with Bayern as of late. It is becoming increasingly likely with the names being circulated that the area of the team the club are attempting to strengthen is the strikers. It seems silly to improve their firepower when they are thrashing teams comfortably, a 6-1 demolition of VFL Wolfsburg and the 9-2 annihilation of Hamburg, as well as another 80 goals scored in the league give the impression that scoring goals is not a problem. With just three defeats in all competitions (Arsenal and BATE Borisov in Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga), it is clear to see why Bayern are content with sticking to their current set of defenders.
Suarez, Lewandowski, Rooney, Hummels, Bale. These are just some of the names to appear on what is turning out to be an exceptional shortlist of players that the club are looking to acquire.
With Pep Guardiola looking to replace some of the current Bayern strike force, it comes as no surprise as to why he has chosen two of the most lethal strikers in Europe this season. Suarez holds second place for top scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, with only Robin Van Persie bettering this. Lewandowski, on the other hand, has the same amount of goals, but in the Bundesliga, again with 23, making him the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer, currently beating his last season goal tally by one.
I believe it is safe to say, if ‘Die Bayern’ do end up purchasing some of these players and developing into the squad that everybody knows Pep can develop, there won’t be any competition for a Bundesliga title or Champions League for a very long time. Not unless any of their rivals pull a rabbit out of a hat or strengthen considerably. I can’t see this happening given Bayern’s spending power, with their current status being a main factor in their ability to lure top players.
Bayern’s football and the direction they are headed in will have players chomping at the bit to join a club that will clearly dominate European football for the foreseeable future.