Recent defeats to Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund plus the 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim, have caused much criticism against Bayern Munich.
However, it would be wrong to scrutinize them. They wrapped up the Bundesliga title with seven games remaining, a record in the German league. One can't help but think that they have lost focus and motivation to do well in the domestic league and have now focused on other silverware.
This sometimes leads coaches, who have already won the league, to field weaker, younger teams in order to give the youth first-team experience, as Guardiola did versus Augsburg. But the question arises: is Bayern's youth good enough?
When we talk about Real Madrid, we talk about the stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Iker Casillas. But, we often overlook the promising youngsters within the Madrid squad. Raphael Varane, Jese, Isco, Carvajal, Morata, Casemiro, and Diego Llorente are all youngsters with a good-looking future ahead of them. Madrid has a great base crop of players for the near future and won't need to dig deep into their funds in order to assemble a squad.
We rarely hear talk of a young starlet coming from the Bayern youth-system except for maybe the American Julian Green, who had an unimpressive international cameo against Mexico during a friendly. Don't get me wrong, he has a bright future ahead of him, but Bayern need more promising talents like him. Weiser, Sallahi, and Hojbjerg simply won't be enough for Bayern in the future.
With more promising youth in the squad they can field weakened teams, they have players gaining experience and recognition and don't run the risk of a shameful loss. Not only do Bayern need more youth, but they need promising youth that will be the base of the German champions for years to come.
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