2017/18 season: Expectations versus Reality in München
Before the beginning of every season we have some expectations from different clubs, so here is our take on FC Bayern for the 2017/18 season:
With the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in the Bavarian Capital last season, it was anticipated by Bavarians all over the world that the Italian Maestro would at least brag a UCL for Bayern in his reign, with Bayern being deceived of the only possible silverware, the UCL from 2013 in spite of having a great squad due to injury problems and some unexpected tragedies as well as the sheer brilliance of the opposition.
Well, the first season has been more of a disappointment for the Bavarians as Don Carlo failed to triumph over a superior Real Madrid side, it can be very hoped that in his second season Carlo would eventually bring an end to the UCL drought that the club has been facing since 2013.
Carlo has changed the playing style of Bayern a lot upon his arrival. Bayern had been a team which built the game around slow possession and ball transition ever since the arrival of the legendary Pep Guardiola in München which had been subjected to many criticisms as well.
Carlo didn’t totally diminish the possession game of Bayern, rather he included a new variation of very quick transition and attacking from the wings, which had been a phenomenon present in the Bayern team before the arrival of Guardiola. So, the playing style of Carlo Ancelloti can be described as the hybrid of the playing styles of Pep and the traditional Bayern which would be very much compatible with the fast nature of modern football.
With the inclusion of James Rodríguez in the team, Bayern almost have a perfect squad with the exception of having a proper replacement of Phillip Lahm, although Joshua Kimmich is destined to play in the position until a proper successor of Lahm is found. Kingsley Coman is expected to be the potential replacement of the veteran Frenchman Franck Ribéry.
The midfield is quite well marshalled with the two signings of the last and this season Renato Sanches and Corentin Tolisso. Both of them are expected to add depth to the already star studded midfield of Thiago Alcântara, Arturo Vidal and Javi Martínez. The centre back duo of Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng and the left back David Alaba have been quite known names in world football for a few years. And up in the goal, Manuel Neuer is rejuvenated and pumped for a great season after a long injury and ascending to captaincy.
Upfront, Robert Lewandowski has been trustworthy for the last 3 seasons. Thomas Müller has lost his form ever since 2016 but is expected to regain his form this season due to his possible rotation with James Rodríguez.
With all these factors in hand, Bayern are very much likely to win the UCL this season, only Zidane’s Real Madrid seem to be the possible hindrance in achieving the feat.