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Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has come out with the astonishing statement that the club are becoming unwatchable under the tactics of new manager Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona man was brought in the summer to start an era of world domination by the German club. He responded immediately by winning the UEFA super cup and the FIFA club World Cup. Bayern Munich are also top of the Bundesliga table with a significant 20 point margin, which is the highest seen in the German top division at this stage in the season.
The club are also undefeated in the last 50 matches, which is a new top-flight record in Europe. Despite these achievements, Beckenbauer is least impressed because he feels that the tactics of Guardiola to just keep the passing the ball in the bid to control the game is making the club become boring. Bayern Munich won three major trophies last season, but they did not adopt such tactics. Beckenbauer admitted that Guardiola’s tactics were immensely successful at Barcelona, but the decision to dominate matches by the monopoly of possession is not in the ideal way according to the former World Cup winner.
Beckenbauer was a manager himself – and a very successful one at that. Guardiola has responded to those comments by saying that he will accept any criticism that comes his way.
“In the end, it’ll be like Barcelona – unwatchable. They will pass the ball back even on the goal-line,” said the German legend after the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Champions League. “Franz isn’t a legend. He is this club’s legend. I have enormous respect for his opinion. I give the very best I can – I did at Barcelona and I do here. I always accept these opinions,” said the Bayern Munich manager, who has already won two Champions League titles as a manager.
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The honorary president of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer admitted that there is a possibility of Mario Mandzukic leaving the club at the end of the season during the summer. The 27 years old Croatian footballer has been linked with a move to Arsenal and considering the fact that Robert Lewandowski is going to be joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund when the current campaign concludes, this puts Mandzukic’s role in the club under threat.
Robert Lewandowski made a name for himself when he blasted 4 goals past Real Madrid during the Champions League of last year and ever since that moment, Lewandowski attracted the attention of clubs all around the world and it was Bayern Munich the team that managed to sign him.
Beckenbauer told German sports magazine 11freunde: “Mandzukic could pack his bags. I see Lewandowski in the attack; his playing style is suited for Pep Guardiola’s ideas than that of Mandzukic.
“There are even more reasons why he could leave, even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze in attack.”
Arsenal still are in the in the lookout for a striker that can not only play alongside Olivier Giroud but that can also provide backup for the French forward and if the comments and prediction of Beckenbauer actually come true, then this is an ideal moment for the Premier League club to make the move for their long awaited player.
Julian Draxler is another player that Arsenal is keeping close tabs on as Draxler is willing to leave Schalke for Arsenal in this summer but there is a fee of around €35 million that Arsenal will need to pay if they want to sign him up.
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Bayern Munich last season created history by winning the treble, as they lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga, and the German Cup in one single season. A large portion of their success was due to the attacking players like Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, but it has also been due to the defensive contribution from the centre backs like Dante. The Brazilian was initially expected to be a backup at the club, but he has grown in stature in recent years. The 30-year-old made 45 appearances for Bayern Munich in his first season at the club.
He was rock solid in defence and formed a great partnership with Jerome Boateng. He was expected to build on the success of last season due to the arrival of Guardiola, who is a fan of defenders who can play the ball. However, his form has not been exceptional like last season and there have been a few circumstances where he has been culprit of letting the opposition score. Former Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer, who made more than 400 appearances for the club in a stellar career, says that he is confident that Dante can recover the form that made him formidable.
Dante was signed for just under € 5 million at the start of last season.
“He played much better and was much more consistent last season. Now he makes many, many mistakes. Perhaps the winter break will do him good and help him to recover,” said the former Germany player and manager. Dante is already on his way to securing more trophies this campaign. He has added the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles to his collection. The club are in a great position to win the league title once more this campaign, while they have drawn Arsenal in the Champions league knockout stages.
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Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has stated that Frenchman Franck Ribery should be the recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. However, he feels that it will be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who will ultimately win the title. Ribery has been the outstanding player when it comes to winning titles in the last 12 months. He has managed to lift three major honours with Bayern Munich during this period. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has not won any major title, but he has been at the forefront of scoring goals.
Ribery has been outstanding this campaign as well, but the fact that Ronaldo has been getting more press will help him win the title according to Beckenbauer, who has himself been a recipient of this coveted award several years ago. The ceremony to award the winner will take place in just over a month. Beckenbauer has won this award two times during his playing days, but it may be awhile before a Bayern Munich player lifts this award. Beckenbauer states that Ronaldo has put all his efforts into winning the Ballon d’Or award, while Ribery has worked for the benefit of the team.
“Normally Ribery would have to win this time but nothing is normal in these votes. Ronaldo has put everything in one basket, he has all the ambition and characteristics to win the Ballon d’Or. Although Ribery has been the best throughout the year, it would not surprise me if in the end Ronaldo wins it,” said Beckenbauer.
Lionel Messi is the other competitor for both these players, but it seems that Ronaldo has edged out of the Barcelona superstar in recent weeks after a string of fine performances especially for his country, Portugal. Ronaldo almost single-handedly helped Portugal into the World Cup 2014 finals after scoring four goals against Sweden in the play-offs.
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