When Bayern Munich won the treble and Pep Guardiola joined them, every Bayern fan must have thought that they are going to dominate German as well as European football for some time but I didn't think so.
I had a feeling that Pep was going to change the way Bayern play. And this feeling grew when the unnecessary transfer of Thiago Alcântara was competed. And then few days later came the DFL Super Cup, in which they were beaten by Borussia Dortmund, arguably their only rivals in Germany.
Pep can still do wonders with the squad which he has, but he has made life difficult for him by the transfer of Luiz Gustavo to VfL Wolfsburg.
It is clear that Gustavo has left because of the arrival of Thiago. The Spaniard may be a better passer than Gustavo but defensively, he is nowhere as good as Gustavo. This transfer may not hurt Bayern in the Borussia Dortmund game, but they will miss the tackling and aggression of Gustavo. Pep Guardiola must have missed the FIFA Confederations Cup because if he had seen it, I don't think he would have let Gustavo go.
I don't think Thiago will be able to replace Gustavo or anybody else in the Bayern team. If Guardiola has bought Thiago as a player for the future, then also Gustavo would have been a great backup for Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as he proved in the last season.
I just hope, for Bayern's sake that Pep knows what he is doing because this transfer seems a blunder to me. Pep must throw away his stubbornness and should make Bayern play the way they did last season. If not, I don't think he will be a success at Bayern Munich.
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