Pep Guardiola has enjoyed some fabulous moments with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But is this purple streak unfolding at Bayern to reveal fault lines comparable to the San Andreas tectonic plate?
Bayern have attempted to marry Mediterranean flair and passion with German efficiency and attitude. Politically it remains an uneasy alliance as appears to be the case in football with Pep Guardiola and Bayern.
Losing Bastian Schweinsteiger is no great loss because of his age, but Thomas Muller in his prime at 25 would be a signal that players are losing faith in the future. Rumours also stalk the futures of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.
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Add in to that mix a couple of star performers in thirty one yearl old Robben and thirty two year old Ribery and all of a sudden the German team starts to look vulnerable.
Time will of course reveal what our speculations and imaginations cannot, however those with an eye on the future cannot help but ask questions.
1) Is Pep really that good a manager or just blessed with teams containing world class players?
2) Have Bayern discovered he has frailties namely in the transfer market where it was all done for him at Barcelona
3) Has Pep discovered Bayern's farilties in the international transfer market
4) Is German Stoicism strangling Pep's passion and ambition
Bayern Munich may need to look elsewhere
Perhaps Pep's foray into German football was a learning curve too far for someone who has probably achieved all he wanted to achieve in club football. Maybe it's time for him to turn to the Spanish national team.
As for Bayern they may need to return to familiar ground and look closer to home or jump into the international transfer market with all their nations financial might.