— by SANKET RAIRKER
FC BAYERN MUNICH
The German club FC Bayern which is the most successful club of the Bundesliga, has seen a major change this season; welcoming their new manager Carlo Ancelotti, who previously was with Real Madrid. The club had previously tasted much success with their former manager, Pep Guardiola. However, they failed to win Champions League title during his tenure. This was the reason for the club management to replace him with Ancelotti, who has a better history with the Champions league. But this didn’t hamper Pep’s reputation as he managed to win 3 consecutive Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokal titles during his 3 year tenure. Now Pep is with Manchester City from the English Premire League.
Moving on to transfer business of Bayern Munich, the club had a history of luring big players. Some of the recent big signings include Mats Hummels, the captain of their biggest rival Borussia Dortmund, Renato Sanches, the emerging young talent from Portugal who shined in Euro 2016. This transfer window also saw some surprising departures, most notably being Mario Gotze, initially bought from Dortmund for a big transfer fee who struggled to find playing time in the starting eleven, was again sold back to Dortmund along with Sebastian Rode. Other major departure was of Medhi Benatia to Italian Champions Juventus. This ended up being a good transfer window for the club but a bit disappointing to fans due to Gotze’s departure.
The club started off the season in style by beating Werder Bremen with final score of 6 goals to 0. The prolific polish striker Robert Lewandowski seems to be in top form having scored a hattrick in this season opener. They showed a great overall performance and team play. Thomas Muller provided very important three assists and club veterans like Philip Lahm and Frank Ribery. Also put their names on the score sheet along with Xabi Alonso. But the big concern among the fans is about the fitness of club’s star winger Arjen Robben. He suffered an adductor muscle injury during their first club friendly match. Reportedly, this will keep the 32-year-old out of action until the next game.
There is a massive pressure on the club manager to deliver big results. And hopefully to win a treble by securing three major titles, Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and UEFA Champions League. If they fail to win the treble in the next two years, Ancelotti might face a fate similar to Pep.
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