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Who’s going to win it all?
This is often a well discussed topic: Who is going to win the Champions League? There are often many takes on this but here’s my two cents on the matter. I believe Bayern Munich has the best opportunity to take it all the way. Bayern Munich is often criticized as an overrated, overpaid, bandwagoning team but you could also say that about most Premier League teams. The German Juggernaut is currently sitting 2nd behind Atletico Madrid in their group. Bayern played PSV today, which was an easy win.
Bayern isn’t the fastest team in the Champions League but they certainly have the best defense. Lead by national hero Philip Lahm, Jermone Boateng, Mat Hummels, and David Alaba make up Bayern’s “Berlin Wall”. It also helps to have the 2014 World Cup Golden Glove winner, Manuel Neuer, in the back, as goalkeeper.
Bayern’s midfield however is a different story. Made up of Joshua Kimmich, Xabi Alonso, and Thiago Alcantara; the midfield seems to still be lacking ever since the departure of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Don’t get me wrong, they have been successful, but they could have been even better if Schweinsteiger was with them. He was a great leader and an experienced player. He is sorely missed.
The frontal three is full of old and new talent. Lead off by veteran Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller, This group of strikers is deadly both inside and outside of the box. Arjen Robben is a globally renowned player but he is getting pretty old. At 32 years old, he is nearing retirement age and I am interested to see if Bayern will bring on a new player to groom as his replacement. Thomas Muller has proven himself on the international stage during the 2014 World Cup. Robert Lewandowski, on his second year on the team, still needs to prove himself as a dependable goal scorer for the team.
Collectively, the team has scored 11 goals in this tournament and have let 3 in. They are playing “strike first and maintain possession” play style. They are very strong in the back, making it very difficult to come back. Bayern Munich is definitely the team to watch.
Written By: Brendan Orgocka