Bayern wins the Big Games – or at least, have won the two big games this season against Leipzig and Arsenal. All that glittered in the early phase of that second half of the Champions League game is not gold, however, as has become (sometimes painfully) obvious over the last couple of weeks.
How can these uninspired performances in Bundesliga and DFB Pokal be put into context with the game on Wednesday? To be fair, Arsenal were one of the tactically weakest opponents that Bayern played at home in a fairly long time, and having to take off Koscielny took away all grit that the guests may have had left in them.
Are we seeing an FC Bayern of “two speeds”, as Steffen mentioned in our team chat, and if so, can it really work? Can Carlo Ancelotti lead the team through league and domestic cup at cruise control, and then turn it up to full speed in the Champions League? The team is undoubtedly still struggling with – sometimes blatantly obvious – structural weaknesses, but in the Big Games so far, Ancelotti has proven his critics wrong.
Can they keep going like that, or will these tactics come back to bite Bayern later on in the season? Is this FC Bayern a team of two speeds?
Let’s have a look at the links for this week:
Arsenal battered by Bayern Munich | Guardian Football Weekly Podcast
Please, Please Arsene Just GO!!! | Youtube: ArsenalFanTV
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) 10. Februar 2017
Ancelotti allays fears that Bayern Munich have grown too comfortable | ESPN, Raphael Honigstein
Scott Sandalow’s Key to Successful Digital Content | Front Office Sports, Chase McCaskill
The Diamond 4-4-2 and Other Observations | Bavarian Football Works, Ryan Cowper
Recent Miasanrot articles:
Three Things We Noticed: FC Bayern – Arsenal, Christopher
The End of an Era, Simply Bayern
Three Things We Noticed: FC Ingolstadt – FC Bayern, Christopher
FC Bayern’s History of African Players, Eskender Tamrat
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