Bayern Munich to replicate treble success with Guardiola

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Recently, Pep Guardiola took over the reigns of Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich, from Jupp Heynckes.

He started his era at the legendary club on the banks of Lago di Gardia in Northern Italy. 

With Bayern already winning all there was to offer last season under Heynckes, it will be the stylish aspects of their football that Guardiola will look to enhance.

Bayern mastered the 4-2-3-1 last season but the versatility of their players will allow Guardiola to play his famous 4-3-3 at the club. 

At Barcelona, he used Lionel Messi as the false number nine and that role gave him his current status in world football - that of the best. 

Another pivotal cog in the Barcelona wheel was their stellar midfield, with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets forming an amazingly successful trident of pressing and accurate football. 

So, what will the treble winning Bayern Munich side look like when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola takes over?

1. The defence:

Bayern's defence will be very strong again with Dante and Jerome Boateng forming a formidable centre-back partnership, with the addition of another defender coming in during the transfer window looking increasingly likely. 

The full-backs will be Philipp Lahm and David Alaba. Philipp Lahm will skipper the side, and will again prove to be an ever-reliable player for the German outfit.

Alaba's pace will also provide the team with the attacking edge they want. 

Although the defence is not made up of vast numbers, few can doubt they can replicate the defensive record they held last season in the new campaign under Guardiola.

2. The midfield:

In the midfield, two of the three places will be taken up by Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger, with the third place being left to question. 

Thomas Muller's versatility would provide them the option of playing him in that third spot in the midfield.

Toni Kroos may prove to be a suitable contender for the spot, who despite not having much playing time last season, has got undisputed quality.

However, playing Muller in the midfield will create more options for Bayern in attack - as discussed later.

3. The attack:

Mario Gomez has moved to Fiorentina and that underlines the fact that Pep will play that false nine formation again. 

Thomas Muller is equally adept in playing as the false nine though but with summer signing Mario Gotze coming into the side, he will probably not be chosen for the role - with Gotze the likely choice. 

Franck Ribery will take up his usual position on the left-wing, with the right hand-side set to be fiercely contested.

Arjen Robben will start as first-choice but the versatility of Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze means that there will be the opportunity to experiment for Guardiola. 

Talented youngster Xherdan Shaqiri will also hope to become more involved in the starting 11.

Overall, Bayern have formed a stellar side over the years and have enough depth within the squad to win the treble all over again. 

Incoming transfers may bolster their squad further and Pep Guardiola has all the ingredients in his squad to repeat his achievements with the mighty Catalans. 


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