Seeing as the Champions League resumes next week, here's the perfect opportunity for European champions Bayern Munich to find out if they have a realistic chance of doing the deed no team has done in the modern era: retain the coveted trophy that all the big teams in Europe crave, for two years in a row.
Last year we all saw arguably the best team in the world dominate in the Champions League and also in their domestic Bundesliga, beating teams with ease and playing football that you would drool over. With a squad that was rock solid, teams just couldn't figure out a way to break down the Bayern Munich team.
We saw the pure strength of this team when they demolished Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate - and, adding insult to injury, beating the club at the Nou Camp 3-0.
Barcelona where outplayed in nearly every aspect of that game and Munich turned a usually solid back-line featuring the likes of Pique into a liquid disaster with the Spaniard even conceding an own goal. Then, as we all know, they then went on and beat Dortmund in the final sealing the deal and making them the deserved champions.
But, are they as solid this season? I really believe they are and, call me crazy, but they look like they are playing better football then last season. With the addition of former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola they are playing a more fluid passing style of football which is working well in the current champions' favour.
And with the current great players they had last season still at the club such as Robben, Mandzukic, Schweinsteiger and Ribery they are still as solid a team as ever, with the addition also of midfield maestro's Mario Gotze from rivals Dortmund and Thiago from Barcelona, Bayern's midfield is even stronger and carries much more depth.
Bayern have scored 17 goals already in the tournament proving that their attack is as strong as their midfield, and with front-men Pizzaro and Mandzukic scoring for the Bavarian club they look likely to keep on doing just that as well as more goals and assists coming from wingers Robben and Ribery.
But did we see Bayern's weakness against Manchester City when they were defeated 3-2 by the British club?
Bayern went 2-0 up within 12 minutes of game play but City came back from the depths and beat Bayern 3-2. We saw Bayern's usual solid defence fall apart for the first goal and then they gave away a penalty which City put away and again for the third goal we see the defence slip up again with the ball going through Jerome Boateng's legs as he tried to clear the ball which in turn fell to the unmarked James Milner, who slipped the ball into the back of the net.
So, are some critics right when they say this is where Bayern's problems lie: at the back?
I don't think this is the case. I feel it was mainly a problem of over confidence leading to slip ups in Bayern's usual solid defence. When the club went 2-0 up, it was just a case of sitting back and letting a very talented city side get too much possession on the ball and get those three goals.
I think this is more of a wake up call for the German club; they now realise they are mere mortals and have weaknesses just like any other club but I don't see this being too much of a problem as I said they will learn and not make the same silly mistakes we witnessed against City.
So, can they win the Champions league again? Yes, they are certainly up there as favourites to win it but first they must get past an Arsenal side that also needs to prove itself after their 5-1 trashing at the hands of Liverpool, their 0-0 draw at home to United and, let us not forget, the current eight-year trophy drought.
Will Arsenal have the motivation and firepower to beat the current champions? Also with Ribery out it's not out of the question to assume that Arsenal can take a win from Bayern.
But, even with the fact that Ribery is out, Munich still have an unbelievably strong squad in all positions and they will be definitely aiming for a high scoring win at the Allianz Arena to prove to any critics that they are still well capable of going all the way and getting that two in a row dream.
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