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Bayern or bust

Mar 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Bayern Munich's midfielder Bastian Schwe

Bayern Munich, you either love them or hate them and it’s because of their record.

German champions 22 times, German Cup champions 15 times, German League Cup champions 6 times and German Super Cup champions 5 times…all German football records.

Then there is the European record that has seen them crowned champions of the continent four times aligned with a victory each in the now defunct and sorely missed Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup.

Like I said, love them or hate them!

This season has seen them completely anhilate the opposition in the Bundesliga. With eight rounds left, Bayern can take back their championship from Borussia Dortmund with just three more victories. It has been an impressive campaign especially so when considering the disappointment of last season where they failed to contest in the league and then sensationally to Chelsea lost in the UEFA Champions League Final on their own turf at the Allianz Arena.

What is truly amazing though is that they’ve achieved this despite knowing that their manager, their motivator, Juup Heynckes is leaving them at the end of the season. The January announcement that ‘Osram’ would be leaving Munich to be replaced by Pep Guardiola caught the entire footballing world off guard, but, it has in a strange way given the players a reason to send the old guy out on a high.

The board of Bayern could be considered evil in their genius.

Make Heynckes a lame duck = player relax. Have Guardiola lurking over = make players perform. Champions League Final at Wembley = the ultimate carrot.

  1. manchestermiracle - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    One of the reasons I think they’ll end up on top in the C’s League, if somebody can just slow down Messi.

  2. iamapatsfan - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I think this is Bayern’s year, although they just backed into the Quarters. They certainly didn’t look themselves without Bastian in the middle and Ribery streaking down the side. Much more constrained and less explosive. With them back, I think the Cup is theirs to win (or lose). Barcelona, of course, are pretty much in the same boat, but have fallen off of late, despite their ridiculous play at home Tuesday. Put these two in a neutral site with full sides, and I think the discipline and quick outside play of Bayern ekes out the victory (to be fair, I’m a Bayern fan, so may be less objective than some). As long as they don’t sit like Milan did. You can’t wait for Barca to make a mistake. They will, but in the meantime, they will also score goals.

  3. Nick Webster - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    iamapatsfan – I think you don’t have to wait for Barca to make a defensive mistake because they’re a lapse waiting to happen. They’ll always give you a chance or two and Bayern is the sort of side that’ll take that chance.

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