Arjen Robben is a a fantastic footballer who has played in many of Europe’s major leagues. His career achievements are very good for someone of 29, having won the title of every league he’s been in at least once.
Robben, a runner-up in both the World Cup and Champions League, has been at Bayern Munich for four years now and has unquestionably added to Bayern’s "FC Hollywood" status - but reports indicate that that could change.
In the summer, Bayern Munich will be the new home of one of the most esteemed football managers, Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard’s stint at Barcelona radically changed the fortunes of the Catalonian club and his signature was highly sought-after by some of football’s biggest clubs.
Bayern's coupe of Guardiola is certain to mean that they are going to be busy during the summer transfer market. Recent news that Borussia Dortmund’s talented Mario Götze is set to move to Bayern is likely to be the first of many high-profile signings.
Götze’s £31.5m departure, announced a couple of days prior to Dortmund’s Champions League encounter with Real Madrid, sparked outrage with fans of the Black Yellows - some fans even reportedly painted Götze’s family home black and yellow in a furious response to the news.
The loss for Dortmund is definitely a gain for Bayern and hints to how Guardiola will assemble his side. Götze is in essence Pep’s new Lionel Messi: a player with huge talent that dictates play and unravels the opposition’s defence.
The tiki-taka football that transformed Barcelona could be about to do the same to Bayern Munich. Bayern are already superpower in world football but Guardiola will be expected to make them the outright best team in the world. Since last year’s end of season disappointments, Bayern have improved and are evidently a much stronger side - their demolition of Barcelona proof of that.
In that mammoth game Bayern’s dominance unnerved and frustrated Barcelona. Robben was on the scoresheet that night but there were times when team-mates were in better positions to score. A criticism of Robben’s game is that he can seem greedy; taking on too many players when a simple pass would be much more effective.
Guardiola’s Barcelona side were famous for their fluid passing; therefore players eager to beat three or four defenders - such as Robben - may not fit the style that Pep has in mind.
It might not just be a playing style that contrasts with some big names, however. When Guardiola’s reign at Barcelona commenced he quickly told big stars, Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o, that they could leave the club.
Guardiola will have his own plans for who he requires at Bayern and won’t be frightened of selling key players - especially with an array of talents rumoured to be joining Bayern in the summer.
For now Bayern’s players will focus on winning the Champions League but come the summer, expect huge changes at "FC Hollywood".
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