Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Thrusted by an incredible attacking line, a stout defense and a world class goalkeeper, Bayern Munich, which at one time looked doomed to finish out of title contention, has won yet another Bundesliga Championship.
Well on Tuesday evening, after defeating Werder Bremen 1-0, Bayern Munich was able to do just that once again. They were able to shake off not only a poor start to their season that cost them their first manager, but also some of the best competition they’ve had in years in order to clinch what is their 8th consecutive league title.
Perhaps the only thing that makes this year any different besides some of the names involved is that this time, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, and Manuel Neuer will be hoisting the Meisterschale trophy within an empty Allianz Arena.
This season can truly be split into two totally separate halves; before they hired Hansi Flick to be their manager and after. Under their previous manager, former Eintracht Frankfurt frontman Nico Kovac, the club was “languishing” in 4th place and had suffered inexplicably poor results against Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, and the aforementioned Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was after his club was shellacked 5-1 against Frankfurt that Kovac was shown the door and Hansi Flick was brought in to potentially save, or even salvage, another title winning campaign.
Luckily for all involved with hiring Flick, the club absolutely soared back into their usual form. Under the former Munich midfielder, Super Bayern was able to completely find their momentum again while also allowing young players like Alphonso Davies the opportunity to earn their spot, which they certainly did. Now the only thing that could challenge them from winning the title for the 8th straight year was that they were embroiled in a terrific title push with Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Bayer Leverkusen.
However, barring a 0-0 draw to RB Leipzig on February 9th, Bayern have won every game they’ve played in the league since they lost to Monchengladbach on December 7th. Since Flick came in, the have a 19-1-2 record. There are very few clubs in Europe that have had a stretch as strong as they have over the past half year. They were so good in fact, that Flick received a new contract set to last until 2023 back in April.
So while this all feels like deja vu, this season did give us some new exciting things from “Die Bayern”. I think the biggest one was that the club featured quite a few newer players who should be around to challenge for countless trophies in the future. I already mentioned Canadian International and former Vancouver Whitecap Alphonso Davies, but there’s also Benjamin Pavard, who’s appeared in every league contest in what has been his first season with Bayern, Serge Gnabry, who’s been absolutely clinical with his shot these past two seasons, and I’m sure several other guys.
Bayern will have a few more opportunities this year to earn even more silverware. Aside from the league, they are set to compete in the DFB-Pokal title against Bayer Leverkusen on July 4th, and they’re still alive to win the UEFA Champions League. We will continue to update if and when they are successful in either of these competitions.
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