When Pep Guardiola was named Bayern Munich manager he assigned Philipp Lahm with a new role.
Lahm has been known for consistently being a tremendous and reliable right back. Not anymore.
Pep has positioned Lahm in his midfield, sitting behind Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Lahm is relishing his new role and is playing exquisitely. Guardiola has labelled Lahm "the most intelligent player he has ever worked with". Possibly the greatest compliment he has ever received.
Lahm's new position has created a healthy relationship with boss Pep. Lahm often celebrates with his boss and is enjoying playing his new position.
Many have questioned whether Javi Martinez will play Lahm's role when he is back from injury. However Lahm is playing impeccably and Javi may be warming the bench. Although Martinez was a big asset to Bayern last season the intelligence and pliability of Lahm may be more of a priority for Pep.
For the majority of the games this season Pep has chosen a 4-1-4-1 providing Lahm with big responsibility, but at the same time allowing his forward players to see a lot of the ball and to score more goals.
Even when Bayern have utilised other formations Lahm's position has remained the same proving Pep has sufficient trust in his skipper playing that position.
Lahm being captain may have been a deciding factor in his decision to play him as a defensive midfield player as his leadership skills can be more influential in his new position.
Playing as a midfielder allows him to venture forward more often, providing him with the opportunity to show off his attacking attributes just as much as his defensive. Lahm has a fantastic capability to read the game and spots almost every pass. He is also not weak although rivals may tower over him, he is still strong and works to the best of his ability.
Lahm has the intelligence to intercept play and deploy the right balls arguably a perfect player for his new role.
His new position is only enhancing his reputation as a player, highlights his ability to adapt and proves his flexibility.
Lahm's new position is Pep's own stamp on the side and so far it's worked out marvellously.
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