3 January 2019
The great Bayern Munich has been on a steady decline right from the glorious days of Jupp Heynckes. After the treble-winning exploits of the Heckynes, Bayern reaffirmed their status as intercontinental elites in Europe. Their status was embellished with the blistering bombast of Barcelona en route their amiable champions league. It marked the end of the famous Barcelona era with Bayern Munich briefly taking the mantle to Germany.
After Heynckes hung his coaching boots, the throne was passed to the inventive Pep Guardiola. Despite inheriting a winning system, Guardiola squeezed his possession ideology into a quick direct system renowned for its pragmatism in football which was infectiously effective. The tactical evolution was not a totally regrettable experiment, Bayern played beautiful football under Guardiola with a more possessive flair and flushing teams off the drain with merciless fiery. Bayern Munich wasn’t bad under Guardiola. The team only fell short in the champions league after being dispatched by worthy opposition in Real Madrid and Barcelona.
When Guardiola finally left, then came Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti having engineered a memorable expedition in Real Madrid leading them to the envious La Decima that eluded them for so long. With the ascendency of leadership by Ancelotti at Bayern Munich, it was expected to be a quick ride back to the top of Europe. Ancelotti was famed for his distinctive man management skills, the way he courteously handled the flaming egos in the Real Madrid dressing room was meritorious. Even Cristiano Ronaldo who was not the humblest amicably flowed with the Italian. So on coming to Bayern, expectations were very high, and rightly high indeed.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) September 28, 2017
However things didn’t go as expected and the results weren’t appealing. Bayern Munich stuttered to a Bundesliga title last year and stuttered out shamefully from the Champions League. Tempers were already rising but were curtailed and swallowed as Ancelotti was given the benefit of doubt and a longer rope to steady the ship. This season, the tactical cracks in the Bayern team were more glaring. Lagging behind in third was too big a bitter pill to gulp down by the Bayern hierarchy. Big names were already grumbling and in no time were grumbling loudly.
Thomas Mueller, Bayern’s core prince blatantly complained of being unfairly pushed out by Ancelotti. Lewandowski and Robben followed suit and aired their untidy resentment over sloppy team performances. The crescendo was rising negatively and it seemed the hangman rope was already sizing up Ancelotti’s neck.
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) September 28, 2017
The last straw that haplessly broke the back of the camel came in the despicable defeat to PSG where the team was carved open and lethally wounded conceding three helpless goals. Neymar, Cavani, and Mbappi had a party on the pitch as they ran Bayern ragged. The alarm bell went into loud screaming after the match. It was so clear change was needed, on the pitch and in the dugout. After a crisis meeting which Rummenigie vowed consequences for the defeat at PSG, the Bayern chief pulled the plug on Ancelotti cutting him loose from the team. The reverberating defeat to PSG was a culmination of a gradual decline. The handwritings have been steadily forming on the wall for some time and it was only a matter of time before we saw the managerial divorce of Ancelotti’s sack
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