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Is Pep Guardiola destroying Bayern's German identity?

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Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has expressed his concerns over the arrivals of a number of foreign players at the club.

Goal report that Hitzfeld is concerned that the Bundesliga champions are beginning to lose their German identity which has symbolised the club's success over the years and it has been this identity that has so heavily contributed to the national team.

It got me thinking that perhaps the influence of Pep Guardiola, the style he has implemented at the club and his recruitment strategy has led to a more multi-cultural Bayern Munich. One that does not place emphasis simply on German players anymore.

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The German contingent currently at the club is slowly but surely being replaced by an influx of Spanish speaking imports - among other nations - and this could be a worrying trend for a club who are often associated with nurturing Germany's finest players.

Toni Kroos is a great example of this fact. Possibly Germany's finest player in the 2014 World Cup, was sold off to Real Madrid and replaced with the Spanish speaking Xabi Alonso.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has also departed the club with Arturo Vidal set to replace him and yes Chile's main language is, you guessed it, Spanish.

So next season the biggest team in German football could be operating with a midfield three of which none are German, Vidal, Alonso and former Barcelona man Thiago Alcantara - Phillip Lahm could be a viable German option I suppose.

Elsewhere through the team Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat make up the rest of the Spanish players at the club and it seems to me that Pep is favouring players from his home nation rather than the ones from Germany.

Take a look at Mario Gotze last season, struggling for form, not featuring as much as he should - considering he was once the poster boy of German football - and the general consensus being that he is unhappy with the way Guardiola has treated him at the club.

Bayern to me no longer seem like a German team, with their 'tiki-taka' style of play and various foreign imports it could well be true that in fact their German identity is indeed slipping away.

It could simply be a result of the globalisation of the game which is effecting every European club and perhaps it was bound to effect Bayern at some point.

They still seem to be winning trophies and making a strong claim to being the best team in Europe so perhaps all is well, perhaps the only identity needed at the club is commitment and not just simply your national identity - food for thought.

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