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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