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From Gold to Old: Xabi Alonso feels full force of FC Bayern’s emotional rollercoaster

Shortly after FC Bayern announced Toni Kroos’ departure to continental rivals Real Madrid last summer, it emerged that Xabi Alonso was to move in the opposite direction. The first impressions of Xabi Alonso were astounding. The midfield maestro himself must have been surprised about how rapidly and seamlessly he integrated into the team, breaking a few records along the way. For a moment, FC Bayern fans forgot Toni Kroos. For a moment, Xabi Alonso looked worth his weight in gold.

That is all in the past now. Fast forward to today and the Internet is awash with articles and social media comments about how Xabi Alonso is looking old and that he’s past it. So how does one exactly go from gold to old in the space of a few months?

He doesn’t. Continue reading

If I Was Jupp… (Part 1)

If I was Jupp... Five Talking Tactical Points (Part 1)

Disclaimer: This article was written before the poor displays by Bayern in the last few matches and prior to Schweinsteiger’s injury.

All of us love to be armchair managers, whether it is in Football Manager, simply playing FIFA with friends or in nearly every match thread. This is a hypothetical two-part article in which I will attempt to be an armchair manager and ask some core tactical questions that, if implemented, I believe could make us close to being unbeatable in Europe. Continue reading