They came they saw they conquered. They won the German Bundesliga; they won the Champions League; they won the DFB Pokal/German Cup. Eyes forward to next season.
In scintillating fashion they swept their league campaign dropping only 11 points in a 34 match season, winning the league weeks before the end of the campaign. Borrusia Dortmund a distant second 25 points in arrears.
By that time they had secured the league title they were routing FC Barcelona in the Semi Final of the UEFA Champions League, who although were weakened were still dominating their own league campaign. They went on to beat Dortmund 2-1 in the final with a late winner from Arjen Robben.
The final step in a memorable year was winning the DPB Pokal. Stuttgart was the unlucky loser or so it seemed in a 3-2 result but the damage was done as Bayern led 3 nil.
So what’s next? World Club Cup? European Super Cup? another sweep of the domestic and European trophies? Time will tell.
Change of management will only strengthen the cause for more silverwear or so we think. Jupp Heynckes the unfortunate one in this picture makes way for a freshened Josep Guardiola.
A rekindled German league and dominance from a once structured and rigid football brand is now seeing displays of flair and discipline combined. The multicultural Germany and Bundesliga has taken on snippets of what the foreign players have left behind.
A critical two months for everyone to catch up. Bayern are so far in front of the game and appear to only need to add depth. It would be harmful to change the dynamics that have taken them to where they are now.
What is scary is there is room for improvement. Pep will see to it.
The argument is will he got along with some of the egos in the club including Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben? – the two stars of the Heynckes era. “We’re not Barça” as Ribery remarked on social media an early indication that there will be man management, however the club has its own style, ethos and stance on spending.
Pep knows the Barça way and knew what would make his team world-beaters when he took the managers gig there – he was senior player and captain there for more than 10 years and in the club the majority of his life. This is a different challenge. Different club; different way of doing things. Will he get to the hearts and minds of his players? Wait and see!
If statistics are anything to go by expect more records to fall.