Bayern Munich Return To The Top
The Bavarian club achieved a great result after returning from the trip to Bremen with all three points to climb to the top of the Bundesliga standings. Their tenure at the top could be short lived as Bayer Leverkusen will take over the top position if they can win or just tie in their match against TSG Hoffenheim.
Even if Bayern are displaced from the first sport, the last several rounds have seen a remarkable turn in the fortunes of the prestigious club. Since crushing Juventus 4-1 in Turin in the decisive Champions League match, the Bavarians have scored a remarkable 15 times in just four games. As impressive as the score against Juve was, it was the manner Bayern went about dismantling the Old Lady which spoke volumes about the change in fortunes for the German club. Bayern put in a stunning display highlighted by attacking prowess, sheer grit, unwavering passion and unmatched efficiency.
The triumph against the Bianconeri set the club on the right track but also signalled the club’s intent to qualify in the Champions League and challenge for the German title. After a shaky and inconsistent start to the season during which Louis van Gaal was heavily criticised for his tactics and choices, the Bavarian giants have been dismissing their opponents and scoring at will.
The club’s schedule will be both friendly and relatively easy to negotiate prior to the Champions League encounter with Italian side Fiorentina. Bayern will be expected to win the four official matches assigned before the first leg clash against la Viola. The key will be to remain focused on taking the challenges one match at a time without looking far ahead into the schedule.
The following cautious remark might surprise some but van Gaal must be aware of the threat posed by la Viola with players of the calibre of Adrian Mutu, Alberto Gilardino and Stevan Jovetic all capable of scoring goals. The Gigliati are managed by the charismatic and highly influential Cesare Prandelli. The European tie should be evenly balanced with Bayern slightly edging this one due to current form and the players at the Coach’s disposal.
The questions remain whether Bayern can win the league title and make it to at least the semi-finals in Europe. Can van Gaal make sure the club will emerge once again as a force in Germany and Europe?