Throughout the season it has been no secret how good Bayern Munich has been. Last season they won the Bundesliga and the Champions League, and it would only be a disappointment to their supporters if they did not get that same result this year. In Germany Bayern is 20 points clear of second place Brossia Dortmund and are unbeaten with 22 wins and only two draws. In the Champions League this week Arsenal will come to the Allianz Arena to try to take down the reigning champs after Bayern won the first leg of their clash 2-0.
Over the weekend Bayern Munich continued their winning ways in Germany beating fifth place team Wolfsburg by a score of 6-1. It has become the norm this season for Bayern to get this type of result domestically. Scoring goals has been quite easy this season as Bayern have a higher goal differential in the league than the next closest team has overall goals scored. Not only is scoring goals very easy for them but keeping the opposing teams from scoring has also been a strength for Bayern Munich as they have only allowed 11 goals all season in the Bundesliga. This season has been so easy domestically for Bayern that experts are starting to complain that they are too boring. While it may be true that the lack of close games has made watching Bayern this year a little boring, a team should not be criticized for winning their matches with ease.
Bayern Munich has always been one of the elite clubs in football but this year has seen them become the envy of every other elite club in the world. The combination of the talent on their roster and the acquisition of one of the best managers in the world in Pep Guardiola has taken Bayern Munich to the next level. Guardiola rose to prominence as the manager of Barcelona when he won two Champions League titles and three La Liga titles in the span of only four seasons. Now he has taken over a team that already had one of the best rosters in the world and only exceeded expectations. He brought in two excellent transfers in Thiago, who he managed at Barcelona, and Mario Gotze who have further strengthened their team.
This week’s matchup in the Champions League will go a long to showing whether or not a repeat will be possible for Bayern Munich. Arsenal needs to overcome a bad 2-0 home defeat in order to progress to the quarterfinals. This will be a tough task considering Bayern have yet to lose at home this season. One bright spot for Arsenal is the return to form of playmaker Mesut Ozil who was recently given some time off to rest his tired legs which was perfect timing if they are to make a run in the Champions League or English Premier League.
Bayern Munich will go into their matchup with Arsenal as favorites but it will not be an easy task. They have two away goals in pocket to help them get through and they will be facing Arsenal’s backup goalkeeper. Just because Bayern Munich are favorites to win this years Champions League does not mean tomorrows matchup with Arsenal will be easy.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius