It’s definitely a weird ending to Guardiola’s reign at Bayern. Of course, he will still be ambitious and want to go out with a win but it feels like nobody, bar fans and his most ardent critics, will really care about him winning or losing the Cup final. Everybody’s already either looking at what Carlo Ancelotti will bring and the two new signings, Hummels and his awkward scenario playing vs soon-to-be teammates and how Guardiola will fare at Manchester City.
I do want Dortmund to win though to cap off a great season. Hope for a good game regardless. One of a few cup finals tomorrow, with the French Cup, FA Cup and Coppa Italia as well. Copa del Rey on Sunday. Still a nice weekend for club football.
Agreed. When Bayern can just spring into action and snap up players at will it continues to leave the rest of the Bundesliga behind. I don’t think many will have any argument about the price paid for Hummels despite the one year on his contract. Dortmund played their position well and Bayern get a world-class player. I certainly understand the author’s points about buying for potential and to ensure nobody else drives up the price in regards to the Sanches deal. It is still quite a lot for such a player and there’s no telling what his future may hold.
As a Pep fan, I wanted Bayern to win so critics wouldn’t have one thing to hold unto about his reign at the club. Good points throughout about what he’s done and the lack of a Champions League trophy shouldn’t tarnish that much.
I don’t get why this keeps happening to Borussia Dortmund. They need to do better in terms of handling contracts and/or release clauses or something, especially in relation to Bayern. Of all the other moves, Gotze and Lewandowski, Hummels is seemingly the most understandable because he’s going back to his hometown. What’s not understandable is his wanting to go back after his previous annoyance with Bayern after leaving and the fact that his team is very much capable of challenging them if he stayed. It’s not one of those cases where he won’t play, he definitely will but it’s still just weird. If Dortmund can get Gotze back, for cheap or really free, that softens the blow a bit but they don’t need help in attack.
It will be such a fascinating tactical battle between these two sides. Atletico may even be favorites considering what they did to Barcelona. It will be a tight tie from start to finish.
True. The latter stages of the Champions League are always a question of focus over everything else for Bayern Munich and that will definitely be the case again here. They should get through the group pretty easily but we’ll see what happens after that.
Good breakdown here of what Germany’s top teams need this summer.
Very, very interesting piece here.
Not sure why I didn’t get this one posted already but this is a great piece on Pep Guardiola and his time at Bayern Munich. For anyone calling for his head, there are few other options available. Minus Jurgen Klopp and that won’t happen for a few years, if ever, because of obvious reasons.
Here’s another good piece on the issue which brings up that point of where Guardiola goes next when, or if, he leaves Bayern Munich sooner rather than later.