This summer, there will be a managerial change at Bayern Munich with the outgoing Jupp Heynckes being replaced by the former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
Whilst there is no questioning the success of his time at the Catalan giants, Bayern are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in a long time. With the Bundesliga wrapped up in record time, a cup final against Stuttgart to come and with one foot in the Champions League final after a scintillating 4-0 win over Guardiola's former employees, the question is how does he approach next season?
How do you top winning the treble? You can't really. There must be a part of Pep that must want Bayern to slip up somewhere to make sure that he has room for improvement.
If they complete a historic treble playing one style of football, will Guardiola really try and revert back to the tiki-taka style that Bayern destroyed in such impressive style? And if he insists that they do, can the players adapt and will they be willing to do so?
If you look at Barcelona's three in the middle, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets they have a very different style to Bayern's central partnership of Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bayern will have to change their style and way of thinking to adapt to Guardiola's tactics.
Many people think, and rightly so, that the Barcelona team picks itself but that is by far the same at Munich with Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizzaro, David Alaba, Xherdan Shaqiri and Luis Gustavo Dias all competing for three places. It is probably fair to say that this is a real test of Guardiola's managerial skills.
Also, when you look at the strikers, Gomez and Mandzukic have very different qualities to Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro and Bayern rely on the creativity of players like Robben and Ribery to create the goal scoring chances.
Whilst at Barcelona, the tiki-taka style usually resulted in giving Messi the ball and allowing him to work his magic, Bayern haven't got one player that stands out from the rest. Instead they rely on a work ethic that has produced the required results and the performances to match.
Time will only tell how successful Pep Guardiola's time at the German champions will be but there is no doubt that it is a big change for both players and manager.
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