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Bayern Munich’s typical German efficiency undid Arsenal

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There’s a reason Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez can’t even get in the starting XI at Bayern Munich. The former plays by his own rules, prioritising flair over efficiency, whilst the latter lacks the all round play to be the focal point of an incredibly well balanced team.

From back to front this team plays for each other. The likes of Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller exemplify the philosophy Jupp Heynckes has instilled in his side, one that resembles that of the German national team – but with a little something extra.

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The current squad blends experience with youth oh so seamlessly. Plenty of the team put out last night are playing to the highest level in their careers thus far; Munich have conceded 7 goals all season domestically, while a goal difference of +50 shows that they don’t exactly go out to secure 1-0 victories.

Franck Ribery appears to be flourishing in his current role, which lacks the pressures of years gone by – he is no longer the primary source of creativity in the side, with Toni Kroos stepping up as the maestro he has looked odds on to become.

Add to that a fully fit Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller in the form of his life and a machine like Mario Mandzukic bullying opposition defenses into submission whilst still finding time to bring others into play, and we have ourselves an outfit superior to any Bayern side in the past decade.

Meanwhile, over here in London, Arsene Wenger and his ragtag band of not so merry men can still maintain their pride.

Short of another masterclass from one of Jack Wilshere or Alex Chamberlain, this season will not bring forth any silverware for fans of the North London outfit; in truth though, of all the criticism that could be leveled at Wenger this season, losing out in the Champions League to this Bayern Munich side is nothing to be ashamed of.


Jono Clarke
@windupfootball
www.WindUpFootball.com

Comments (4)

  1. what ‘German efficiency’? 80% of that team is not German. Arsenal will win the Europa league next season anyway.

  2. 80% not German? That reeks of hyperbole to me. 5/11 players starting that game were German (Neuer, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos and Muller) as is Gomez who came on as a sub. All of these players are internationals.

    Also, Arsenal winning the EL sounds a tad hopeful also- even if the competition isn’t of as high a quality as the CL, past winners like Atletico Madrid, Porto etc. have proven themselves as no pushovers. The cup is somewhat of a lottery in a way, how can you be so sure that Arsenal will come out on top? Hell, will they even be in that competition next year?

    • It’s not really a lottery–it’s actually consistently competitive. I think only the English consider it a lottery, as the last English club to win the competition was Liverpool in 2001.

      Europa would be a fantastic achievement, but it is a bit arrogant to expect winning it for a side that can’t even win any of the domestic trophies (which made all the CL winning hype that much sadder).

  3. Wenger needs to move on, he has lost the plot, another season without a tropht and Spurs above us.