Bayern Munich have been imperious for the entire 2012/13 campaign and most credit is going to their retiring manager Jupp Heynckes. 

However, it must be said that one player singularly stands out as much as the entire squad delivered almost consistently. Javi Martinez arrived in Munich quietly in the summer after almost signing for Manchester City but has finished it with the recognition he has earned.

Martinez has been nothing short of a revelation in the heart of Bayern’s midfield. His partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger has been absolutely imperious. That duo has been the fulcrum of their dominance the entire campaign and most of the credit has to go to the Spaniard.

Javi Martinez has contributed three goals and three assists in the Bundesliga and has been ever-present in the team. That is a somewhat meagre return compared to his fellow mid-fielders but it is not what he is great at. 

As much as he still is a threat going forward, Martinez’s contributions are mainly defensively and by distribution. He manages an average tackles rating of 3.2 per game and wins more aerial duels than Schweinsteiger. 

He has also made more interceptions than any other teammate over the course of the season.

Manchester City wanted to buy him to shore up their midfield and free up Yaya Toure. Roberto Mancini had made him his primary target for the summer and it is obvious to see why. 

Martinez would have been perfect for the Eastland's outfit. He would have enabled Mancini to play Yaya further upfield where his talents are best utilised. The fact that Mancini was so hell-bent on his signature is testament to how good he is at his job. 

The man they eventually signed after missing out on him, Javi Garcia, has been a monumental flop and Martinez’ form is a constant reminder of what they missed out on.

Jupp Heynckes has got the best out of the Spaniard. By giving him freedom to roam laterally, tackle at will and receive the ball to feet from the defenders has put him in his element. Martinez has taken to that role like a duck to water.

 His distribution has been especially sublime, the way he releases the two wide-men, be it Ribery, Robben or Muller, or to the attacking mid-fielder Kroos or now Gotze. His passing is impeccable, a success rate of 87% per game testament to how efficient he is.

Alongside Schweinsteiger, Martinez has been brilliant. He has enabled Schweinsteiger and Kroos, Ribery, Muller or Robben to play further up field safe in the knowledge that he is providing cover at the back. 

He has added to the steel at the back and brought invaluable composure in possession. 

Pep Guardiola takes over from Heynckes in the comfort of having a young, budding Martinez with the best years still ahead of him.

 

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