Treble winning Bayern and their indomitable team

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After a phenomenal season of football, Bayern Munich has come out as treble-winners for the second time in their history. Last accomplishing the feat in 2013, Bayern has recurrently won the Bundesliga since then without exception. However, they had to wait till 2020 to finally achieve a feat yet to be done by gargantuan clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Liverpool. If not already established decades ago, at this point there can be no debate about which is the greatest German football team of all time. Here is a brief look at what made this Bayern team so intimidating this season.

Flick’s genius: The season started off fine for the Bavarian outfit but not without certain conspicuous weaknesses. They were becoming over-reliant on Lewandowski’s goal scoring form and there was fragility in both defense and midfield. A 5-1 hammering against Eintracht Frankfurt was the culmination of this issue and Niko Kovac, who had guided the team to a league title last season was effectively removed. The new coach Hansi Flick was faced with injury problems as well as degrading morale. He turned them around in style with his tactical ingenuity. Using Kimmich as a pivot and Gnabry as a second striker to Lewandowski did wonders and he confidently infused individual abilities of the players into the system. The rest is history.

Pace and creativity: One of the main factors behind this team’s success has been a unique amalgamation of the pace of certain individual players with creativity in the midfield. Alphonso Davis, Serge Gnabry, and Kinsley Coman have been some of the fastest players in Europe this season and all of them have been in fine touch. In the midfield, the quadrangle of Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Thiago Alcantara, and Joshua Kimmich have clicked perfectly. These two elements combined to demolish their opponents.

Form of attacking line: Robert Lewandowski has led the attack with total effect scoring 55 goals in 47 appearances, rounding off an almost perfect season for the Polish. The attacking front has had efficient contributors with Serge Gnabry scoring 23 goals and 13 assists, Thomas Muller with 14 goals and 25 assists, and Joshua Kimmich with 7 goals and 15 assists. These figures were more than effective for outscoring opponents consistently.

Experience: The presence of Manuel Neuer, Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thiago Alcantara, and Thomas Muller, all of whom have been experienced campaigners for this club, certainly came handy in the long run. Particularly, in the most important games, it was the mental strength of the veterans and their ability to adjust with youngsters, which proved to be crucial factors behind Bayern’s success.  

Squad depth: Bayern is not the only team possessing world-class players in their ranks with PSG, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund having star-studded teams this season. However, Bayern has reigned supreme owing to their squad depth and a good form of almost every player in the squad. During injury problems, back-up options from the bench have delivered for the team. This gave them a cutting-edge over other squads and their performance.