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Five reasons for Bayern's fast start

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:50 pm

"We are top of the league!" It's a chant fans everywhere love to sing - and when Bayern meet Freiburg in just under two weeks, the Allianz Arena crowd will shout it to their heart's content. FCB's nine points from four Bundesliga fixtures so far means they are finally back at top of the standings for the first time since 8 May 2010, when Munich wrapped up the 2009/10 title in Berlin. That was 476 days ago, but it feels like an eternity to everyone at the club.

"It rates as a good start to the season," director of sport Christian Nerlinger remarked, but there are still all of 30 games to go this season, as Mario Gomez made clear: "We mustn't start thinking it will all happen by itself now. We have to work hard for our success every week." Nevertheless, FCB's first truly positive start to a campaign in three years has lifted the spirits of the players and fans alike. fcbayern.de examines the five main reasons behind Bayern's promising early-season form.

Solid defending
A record of just one goal against with seven matches played is the best-ever in Bayern's long history. In just a few short weeks, Jupp Heynckes has succeeded in transforming a rearguard which conceded 40 goals in the league last term into a rock-solid unit. "The team has been outstanding in switching from attack to defence," the coach noted. Philipp Lahm and Co are hardly losing a single challenge, and Franck Ribéry and Co are pressing their opponents high up the field. As a result, opponents have delivered a mere seven shots on the Bayern goal in seven games so far. Last season, the average was almost four shots on target per match.

Interchangeability
Heynckes is a great believer in squad rotation. Luiz Gustavo and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk have practically taken it in turns in defensive midfield, with Daniel van Buyten and Jerome Boateng changing places in central defence. Generally speaking, this season's squad is interchangeable in terms of quality. "We have a very homogenous team at the moment, even when I've brought in three new players for every match," the coach commented approvingly. The club's summer signings have settled in very well, with Neuer, Boateng and Rafinha already fixtures in the first team. Nils Petersen can come off the bench and pose a threat at any time, and Takashi Usami has shown tremendous potential. Bayern have two outstanding individuals for almost every position, allowing Heynckes to compensate even for the absence of a superstar like Arjen Robben.

Free-scoring forwards
FCB scored 81 goals in the league last season, the first time a Bayern team has reached that milestone in 23 years. And the forward line remains fundamentally the same for this term: Gomez, Ribéry, Robben and Müller are a world-class attacking quartet, while Heynckes has all the options offered by Toni Kroos, Petersen, Usami, David Alaba and Ivica Olic, although the Croat is currently sidelined with injury. "We're always good for a goal," Van Buyten remarked.

Team spirit
Bayern are a harmonious unit this season. Gomez rattled in a hat-trick against Kaiserslautern last weekend, but practically ordered reporters not to mention his feat in the headlines, focusing on the team instead. "I don't want to read 'Gomez blows Kaiserslautern away', because that's not what happened! We worked really hard as a team," the striker pointed out. "My players get along very well both on and off the field," Heynckes noted.

Perfect pre-season preparations
Last but not least, Bayern have undoubtedly been helped by the absence of a major international tournament affecting the club in the summer of 2011. The 2010 World Cup saw a number of players return to Munich drained of energy, and the next Euro is still a year away. The club's plethora of internationals look fresh and re-energised, and Heynckes has had all his players together from an unusually early point in the season. By contrast, the club's World Cup stars only resumed training five days in advance of the first game last season.
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Re: Five reasons for Bayern's fast start

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:58 pm

"Five reasons ....."

What are we now, goal.com? :lol:
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Re: Five reasons for Bayern's fast start

Postby hgb09 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:08 pm

Haha. It seems that the official site is influenced by goal.com's articles.
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Re: Five reasons for Bayern's fast start

Postby tflags » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:36 pm

Nah, it is just another 'This is why we didn't buy another striker' kind of thing... Expect to see it all season long.
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Re: Five reasons for Bayern's fast start

Postby MunchenFC » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:38 am

tflags wrote:Nah, it is just another 'This is why we didn't buy another striker' kind of thing... Expect to see it all season long.


"Gomez, Ribéry, Robben and Müller are a world-class attacking quartet, while Heynckes has all the options offered by Toni Kroos, Petersen, Usami, David Alaba and Ivica Olic, although the Croat is currently sidelined with injury."
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