It comes as no secret to discover that all the opposition has do whether it be Real Madrid or Hamilton Academical, is to simply run at Bayern Munich’s fragile defence.
And it doesn't even have to take a Cristaino Ronaldo or a Luis Suarez to force a counter-attack and seemingly toy with the Bayern defence, who all but collapse even in the face of the most mildest of advances.
Bayern Munich: Vulnerable in defence
One famous Sϋddeutsche journalist even went as far as saying: “Playing Bayern is like playing Jenga, once you remove the foundation the rest simply falls down.”
Indeed, it is hard not agree with him, especially if last season is anything to go by, with Pep Guardiola’s house style of tiki-taka football highlighting every single weakness in Bayern’s back-four.
Whilst Bayern look like the ultimate attacking side, with names such as Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze , complimenting every match-day team-sheet, the club’s defence, bar goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, is undoubtedly the armpit of the German champions.
When Real Madrid thumped Bayern 4-0 in the Allianz Arena to reach the 2014 Champions League final, and in so breaking Bavarian hearts in the process, the German media took to FC Hollywood like a pack of wolves to an injured Elk.
Both Sϋddeutsche and Bild, two of the most popular daily newspapers in Munich, suggested that the only way Bayern could their dream of world domination back on track was to spend heavily on a stronger defence during the summer transfer window.
Guardiola must sign new defender
For a moment in time, it was though that Guardiola would reach his hands into his deep pockets and sign a few defenders to man the decks, and it wasn't long until Bayern were linked with the likes of PSG’s Thiago Silva and Roma’s Mehdi Benatia.
So far this has been nothing but paper talk and Bayern are set for their quietest transfer windows since the summer of 2009, when they failed to spend a single euro on players.
So far Bayern, have spent a measly £11.44 million on new signings this summer, and despite a backlash of pressure from both the fans and the media to strengthen their defence, the Bavarian back-four has been left untouched and unaltered.
It is thought that the former Barcelona manager has a war-chest of £200 million to spend, and despite the Spaniard being under an intolerable amount of pressure to secure the triple for Bayern this season, he has stated that he is happy with his squad and won’t make any more signings.
Javi Martinez injury
Perhaps this view has all but changed in the last few hours, with Central-Defender and versatile anchor-man, Javi Martinez expected to be ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury picked up in Bayern’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s Supercup.
Without Martinez in Guardiola’s plans, Bayern’s defence will be more porous than ever, and could quite possibly cost the 43 year old his job if the German champions fail to reach expectations on the world stage this season.
All eyes, will most definitely be set firmly on any transfer activity surrounding Bayern, and it is likely that Guardiola will be forced to add to his squad before the August 31 deadline in an attempt to save his job at FC Hollywood.
It is more than likely that Bayern’s attention will now be focussed in wrapping up a deal to bring Benatia who scored five goals in 33 Serie A appearances in his first for AS Roma last season to the Allianz Arena as cover for Martinez.
The Moroccan international, who is regarded as one of the best defenders in Italy at the moment will not come cheap, with AS Roma keen to keep on to a player who they signed less than a year ago from Serie A rivals, Udinese.
Although the 27-year-old is valued to be worth around £24 million, it is though that the Wolves are holding out for a fee closer to the £40 million mark, a price which might put of the liberal Bayern hierarchy who rarely overspend on a single player.
Benatia, who is known for a versatility, strength and his ability to score from set-pieces would be a match in heaven for Bayern, who themselves are looking to a player with these qualities to their existing static defence.
However, Bayern will have to fight off interest from the likes of Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea who have also expressed their interest in signing the 27 year old.
Even if Bayern were not to sign Benatia, it is more than likely that Guardiola will bring in another defender to jeep his dream and job alive, but a real question to ask at the moment is, will it be the right one?
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