Bayern Munich: top six players under Pep Guardiola

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With the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, we witnessed the curtains come down on the managerial venture of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

The Calatan boss ended his spell with the domestic double, which has been a consolation for the disappointing tenure in Europe.

In his three years at the Allianz Arena, Guardiola developed the squad into an indomitable force that are superior to their contemporaries in the country, and are set to reign in the Bundesliga in the forthcoming years as well.


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Three consecutive league titles alongside triumphing in the DFB Pokal twice, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup once in the process.

The only souring experience has been in the Champions League, where the club exited the tournament thrice against three different Spanish oppositions at the semi-final stage.

Nonetheless, Guardiola is leaving the club even stronger than the one he inherited in 2013. But which players have been the stand-out performers for him in the squad?

We look at the top six players under the former Barca manager over the course of three years.

Arturo Vidal

The Chilean midfielder joined Bayern Munich last summer from Juventus and instantly became one of the key stars in the squad.

His versatility enables him to play in various positions in the middle of the field. A typical box-to-box midfielder who brought balance to the team linking up the defence with the attack.

Previous experience of playing for Bayer Leverkusen helped his quest of settling in the Bundesliga quite easily, establishing himself as a core member of Guardiola’s Bayern.

A serial winner having won Serie A titles with Juventus and the Copa America with Chile, the acquisition of Vidal was a masterstroke from the Spanish manager which provided huge dividends.

Robert Lewandowski

Undoubtedly among the top three strikers in world football at present, the Polish ace caught the attention of Guardiola after impressive showings for arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.

In his final year with BVB, which also happened to be Guardiola’s debut season, Lewandowski became the highest scorer in the league and cup as well as the Champions League, which ultimately prompted the Bavarians to consider him for the future.

He left Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014 and in the next two years amassed 67 goals in 100 appearances.

Guardiola didn't usually have a designated number nine at Barcelona but found Lewandowski at his disposal right from the start. Scoring 30 goals in 32 outings for Bayern, the Polish star secured the top scorer spot last season, as per

His five goals in a span of nine minutes against Wolfsburg last September further enhanced his credentials on the world stage.

Thomas Muller

Coming through the youth ranks at the club, the German international was already a household name before the Spaniard arrived in 2013.

Guardiola introduced his Barca methods and philosophies and deployed Muller in a variety of forward positions – a role similar to that of Lionel Messi.

Described as an attacking all-rounder and at only 26-years-old, Muller still has plenty of time to be among the greats at the club. But all was not well with his manager and last summer, club captain Philipp Lahm revealed that the sour relation between the duo compelled Muller to consider leaving the Allianz Arena as claimed by The Guardian.

Manchester United were in pursuit but failed to realise the transfer as the World Cup winner decided to stay put in Munich for the time being.

He bagged 32 goals in 49 games last season.

Douglas Costa

It was disclosed by the Brazilian winger that the presence of Pep Guardiola was the only factor he considered to join the Bundesliga champions.

He became one of the most sought-after players in Europe last year and despite being in advanced negotiations with Premier League giants Chelsea, Costa opted to sign for Die Roten, later divulging the reason for his decision, as reported by

In his debut season, Costa has been able to cement a regular first-team spot ahead of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and remains a bright prospect for the future.

David Alaba

The rise of the Austrian has truly been remarkable under Pep Guardiola.

The 45-year-old turned the full-back into a left midfielder and he has often been menacing for the oppositions both in the league as well as in Europe.

Barcelona monitored him throughout this term while Alaba himself was aware of their interest. According to Daily Mirror, the Bayern star admitting he is open to a move to Spain but only if they play him in midfield.

Guardiola has developed Alaba into a brilliant proposition that would thrive under incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti in the years to come.

Kingsley Coman

Probably the best signing of the Pep Guardiola era, Coman arrived at Munich as an unknown entity, although playing for heavyweights PSG and Juventus in previous years.

A loanee from the Turin-based club, Coman quickly became a super-sub for his manager and often came up with the goods whenever he was required.

Regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe, Coman has been praised for his exquisite dribbling skills, vision and acceleration.

His performance for Bayern against his parent club Juventus in the Champions League remains the highlight of his campaign and it can be assumed that the Bavarians would exercise the option of a permanent deal for the Frenchman after a brilliant debut season in Germany.

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