FCBayernMunchen wrote:But it's undeniable that other teams have made our job easier this season. That's what I meant when I said this title won't be good for us. It creates an illusion that all is well when in reality, you just need to watch a recent Bayern game to realise it's not.
As a blanket statement, this makes sense and I would agree. However, on a case-by-case basis, this isn't necessarily true in terms of Bayern in the Bundesliga. In this league, teams like Dortmund and Leipzig will always drop points. Always, until their squad quality can come close to Bayern. Whatever Jupp and Pep did between 2012 and 2016, it can almost be argued as an excessive effort to win the league given how many points we won by. Right now, we're much less ahead but still comfortable. If we give the same amount of effort next season, we will win - this holds true for any given future season, unless a German team can attain a squad that match ours (I'm not talking about just a revolutionary coach or a player on fire, I'm talking about an addition of 5-6 world class players in their squad).
I've been having some complicated thoughts about Ancelotti's time so far. Of course, our football has gotten a lot worse and it has hurt my eyes at times. But the results are still delivered - we don't need to play any better to win the league in its current state. Yet, when we have a point to prove, we still deliver. We played great against Wolfsburg, don't let the small scoreline and the last 10 minutes fool you. We murdered Leipzig. The reality is we're still one of the strongest teams to beat when we have a point to prove.
Ancelotti's not a great coach and nor is he obsessed about tactics and planning, so we'll never see the absolute dominance we've accustomed to for the last 4 years. I've submitted myself to that idea. Whatever, getting frustrated won't help that. Perhaps we can indeed win the league with our hands in our pockets, even though we would probably end up winning it in one of the worst ways possible. Pep's done all that planning, with sleepless nights before a CL semi-final tie, but it was never enough. Maybe Ancelotti's the x-factor that can get us through, maybe not.
We've just about to enter the true "business end of the season" against Arsenal. There's nothing to truly conclude from yet, apart form acknowledging that we play pretty badly but still get good results. There's not a lot of reasons to be happy since we've mostly seen shit on our screens, yet there are plenty of reasons to be patient given our position now. Do we need to play world class football against Ingolstadt or Schalke? No, well not in terms of getting results at least, although I know that we prefer to see beautiful football all the time. This season, we've delivered when we need to. The only thing that we "didn't do but should've done" was beating Atletico and topping the group, but honestly I didn't see the players and Ancelotti pressurised to do this at all. After all, qualifying was the only truly crucial thing. We've passed all the important exams, even though we didn't score too highly.
Patience. If I can have it my way, yes I'll call back Pep so I can enjoy football again. But Thiago, Neuer, Lewandowski, Vidal, Alaba, Müller and Boateng are still here. These guys are major deliverers. Maybe they'll deliver.