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Hansi Flick’s time in charge of Bayern Munich may have been short-lived, but the former and future national team coach will go down as one of the team’s all-time greatest managers. Hansi Flick eased to a second Bundesliga title in charge of Bayern Munich on Saturday, after a smashing 6-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. For all of their fantastic exploits this season, we analyze how Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title.
SYSTEM OF PLAY: 4-2-3-1
Hansi Flick’s consistent success at Bayern Munich is backed up by a very consistent 4-2-3-1 formation, and a relatively stable cast and crew. Manuel Neuer’s rediscovered life again under Flick, firmly establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world under the German manager’s influence. Benjamin Pavard’s continued to be a great addition to the team at right-back, filling their Philipp Lahm void, while Alphonso Davies has been one of the stars of the team during Flick’s two season spell. In Pavard and Davies, Flick has achieved excellent balance in his team. While the World Cup winner can also be quite progressive and look to get forward, he is much more likely to hold a defensive position and form a back-three structure with the centre-backs. This then allows Alphonso Davies to gallop forward and do his best damage in attack, with the side continuing to keep their balance.
David Alaba is the man most often able to help Davies continue his offensive role, and has transformed into one of the best defenders in the world under Flick’s influence. Jerome Boateng and Niklas Sule typically battle it out for a place as the right-centre-back in the team, but Lucas Hernandez has also recently entered the fold to push David Alaba into midfield.
In Joshua Kimmich, Bayern have the best number six in the world. Not only is the 26-year-old German an excellent defensive presence and ball progressor, he’s also one of the best chance creators in the league. Kimmich has 10 assists to his name this season, the most of any number six in Europe’s top five leagues, and more than Lionel Messi. Alongside him, Bayern have a roadrunner of a box-to-box player in Leon Goretzka, who’s bagged 5 goals with 5 assists this season. Further forward, arguably no player in the world plays a more important role in a team than Thomas Muller’s Raumdeuter like behaviours. The German legend has scored 11 goals with 17 assists this season, the most in Europe’s top five leagues by quite some margin.
To his right and left, Flick has four stellar options. Serge Gnabry’s established himself as the number one pick over the past few years, but this season hasn’t been at his absolute best. He’s still scored 9 goals and continued to be important to their press, but Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala are also beginning to emerge. Musiala’s six-goal tally is already better than Coman’s four goals this season, but Coman’s nine assists to his name makes up for that. Leroy Sane has also competed for a place in the team in his first season at the club, contributing 14 goals and the same amount of assists as Coman.
Completing the team is none other than the best player in the world – Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker looks set to break the Bundesliga goal-scoring record this season, currently sitting on 39 with two games to go. Although Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting performed well in his stead, there’s no one else quite like Lewandowski. So those are the players, but let’s get more into how Flick uses his players to such great success…