Bayern Munich Overly Reliant on Crosses in 2-1 Defeat to Gladbach

Bayern Munich weren’t at their best against Borussia Monchengladbach. They struggled to find any rhythm in attack, and after conceding two first-half goals, they couldn’t find a way back. Arturo Vidal managed to set up an exciting finish by netting from the edge of the area midway through the second period, but against a tough, […]

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid Both Attack the Flanks, But in Different Ways

Bayern Munich took the lead in the home leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid, but following the sending-off of Javi Martinez, they succumbed to the added pressure and lost 2-1. That will make things tough for the German outfit in the return leg, but one of the more interesting features of […]

How Schalke’s High-Intensity Pressing Troubled Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga

  Before Schalke 04 took to the field for Friday night’s game against Bayern Munich, their manager, Markus Weinzierl, talked about their tactical options. “There are two possible approaches for us to take for the game,” he said. “Either sit deep, or try to push higher up and put the opposition under pressure.” It wouldn’t […]

Bayern Exploit the Flanks to Dismantle Werder Bremen in Bundesliga Opener

After taking over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts about what he’s inherited. “I’ve said before the team has fantastic qualities from the Guardiola era,” he said, “especially [in terms of] the control and ball possession.” Those qualities were yet again evident in Bayern’s Bundesliga opener, played at home against […]

Guardiola Tries to Capitalise on Wingers in Loss against Compact Atletico

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich arrived in Spain, to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, with a gameplan. According to veteran right-back Philipp Lahm, the aim was to withstand the early pressure that Diego Simeone’s men would undoubtedly apply. They wanted to get through that initial barrage of pressing […]

How High-Octane Bayer Leverkusen Blunted Bayern’s Attack

Bayer Leverkusen approach their football like few others in the German Bundesliga. They press with a staggering amount of intensity, so much so that they lead the league in tackles, with 20.7 per game. They’re also right up there for interceptions, coming in at 22.3 per game, behind only Werder Bremen’s 23.8. Although these are […]

Why Unbelievably Complete David Alaba Is Such An Integral Component Of Pep’s Plans

Heading into Bayern Munich’s game with Hoffenheim, Pep Guardiola had some major headaches as to who to pick to in defence, for Medhi Benatia, Rafinha, Juan Bernat, Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng were all unavailable through injury. While this certainly wasn’t an ideal situation to be in, Guardiola’s makeshift backline of Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, […]

Thomas Muller: Why Bayern Munich’s Genius Is Such An Extraordinary Player

Thomas Muller celebrated the signing of his new contract by scoring the decisive goal, a customarily well taken penalty, in Bayern Munich’s recent 1-0 victory over Hannover 96. Aside from clinching all three points for Die Roten to propel them to 15 wins from 17 league matches, Muller’s goal held extra significance, for it brought […]

Joshua Kimmich: Pep Guardiola’s Protege Shows Off His Marvellous Gifts In Superb Outing Vs Stuttgart

“Joshua was simply unbelievable. He deserves to play more often,” were the words spoken by Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, on Joshua Kimmich, who had just put in an outstanding shift against Stuttgart. There’s no doubting Kimmich’s talent, but it’s just not that easy to break into Bayern’s wildly gifted midfield, which includes the likes […]

How Wenger’s Alterations Took Arsenal to Victory against Pep’s Bayern

In recent years, Arsenal have often been criticised for their so-called softness, but after a big win against Bayern Munich, which Arsene Wenger later described as a “necessity” for their Champions League campaign, no one could have questioned their determination. The Gunners battled away against the Bavarian side, and in contrast to their league form, […]