Hey guys, just joined this forum after browsing for years. Basti's departure almost made me go into a severe depression of sorts. In my opinion, it's all Guardiola and of course KHR's backing. Found an amazing post on another forum regarding our wonderkid Pep - I couldn't have said it better so just re-posting it here.
lately the clash between pro/anti Pep members has been getting somewhat aggressive with members on both camps accusing the other side of either being irrationally negative.
for the last time I am making this post to put things out there. explaining things from my own point of view as an ANTI-PEP person.
do I hate Pep?
nope, can't hate a person that I never met.
I don't hate Pep as a person.
Do I think Pep is an Asshole?
Yes, the way he conducted himself on several occasions warrant me the right to call him that, the way he treated the American coach, the medical staff and most of all how he lied to us all (more on that last point later)
But, Do I hate how he managed Bayern in the last two seasons?
Yes I do. But does that make me a hater?
in my own mind, no. I don't think so.
Do I think I can do a better job than Pep?
No, that's somewhat a silly question.
the world of sports is a form of entertainment. as a fan/audience you don't need to be a critic/expert to tell if the play you are watching is good or it sucks. it's similar to that in football, I maybe don't have experience to train superstars on day to day basis, but I can sure tell when I am watching a horrible match.
so what are those valid concerns I mentioned in the subject of this post?
- Pep is a lair
for me this reason alone is more than enough to make me never trust him.
anyone who would deny this point is an outright hypocrite Pep Fanboy.
earlier in one of his press conferences he said that he will adapt to the players not the other way around.
sadly this was a lie. and everything he done from that point forward negates that statement, the recent departure of Basti is a further prove of that statement being a lie.
- Formations & Fluidity
Pro Pep members often say that even football experts are no longer able to predict Pep's lineup and formations, that's how fluid Bayern have become, every player can play in every position.
I believe that it's totally false, I believe Pep keeps changing lineups and formations because he's still stuck in the experiment phase with Bayern.
Yes, two years coaching a team but still stuck in that phase. the reason for that is his inability to adapt to the players he has in his disposal but rather trying hard to enforce his only football tactic he knows on the players.
Pro Pep fans will say that Injuries forced him to change formations a lot.
Because injuries doesn't enforce you to play with 3 men defense with Rafinha as your LCB, against the most deadly attacking trio in the world.
Injuries doesn't enforce you to push your defensive lineup so far up the pitch and even though you get punished for it over and over again, you still stand there and do nothing about it.
the only tactic he knows (not my words, he openly admitted that) are not made for humans, it's for robots.
his tactics doesn't take into consideration that his players are actually humans, and humans make mistakes.
his tactics are heavily dependent on precision passing inside the opponents half, which means in order for his tactics to work, the defensive line MUST BE pushed so high up the pitch to help maintain the ball in the opponents half, but with that comes the risk of being destroyed by the counters, especially if you are playing against a team that can execute counters.
Pep is trying to seek perfection with his playing style, but that style focuses too much on attack and totally neglects the defense.
football needs a practical mind, not one that seeks perfection in a team made of humans.
remember how Inter/Chlease managed to beat his Barcelona side?
- Pep is fake
I don't believe that Pep is a world class coach, he wouldn't make it into my top-10 list of best coaches around the world.
not only that his success are bound to one team, but rather bound to certain type of players, if he doesn't have those players, he wont succeed.
stubborn to a severely imbalanced system that needs robots to pull it perfectly. and even so it still will fail because of it's defensive deficiencies.
he said he wont change his playing style, and I firmly believe we wont have any success with that outside of the normal Bundesliga challenge, therefore I wish he leaves soon.
From best in the world to Mediocre
Lahm -- some people will say that Lahm was actually great in CDM position before he got his leg broken. I disagree I think he was good at best, nothing special, no where near how important he was in the right back.
people also argue that Rafinha was good in RB, I also disagree.
because "Good" is simply not enough when you used to have the BEST in the world there.
Lahm's movement, defense, overlaps and crosses are easily 10 times better than what Rafinha can ever do.
same argument here, Alaba is actually good in CM, a lot better than what Lahm will ever be. but still he was the BEST as LB. I also like Bernart a lot. and I think he can develop into a world class LB. still his lack of experience and his defensive weaknesses makes me question, did we actually needed a CM that bad that we convert our BEST IN THE WORLD full backs into CMs?
My answer is no.
The Martinez/Basti due
The injury excuse will be used here again. I only have two things to say about this;
where is Basti now?
When Martinez was injured last year, did we buy a CB or CDM as his replacement?
The transformation is almost complete.
yep, the transformation of Bayern into a Barcelona wanna be team is almost complete.
with Basti gone, the emptying process of our midfield of any players with defensive qualities (Destroyers or otherwise) are almost complete.
we are only left with an old Alonso, and a young unfavorable Rode.
I don't think Bayern performance against Top teams in the bundesliga or outside it will improve this year, because Pep will continue to play and enforce his imbalanced system.