Can Bayern Munich stay on the Champions League throne
By winning every major football trophy possible in the past year, Bayern Munich has earned the top spot as the world's best football club. Their domination of last years Champions League speaks volumes about the club's form and sportsbooks have listed the team as favourites to win the competition once again. Manchester City are second favourites and appear to be in dangerous form, so Bayern certainly need to keep an eye on them. At the time this article was written, online betting UK sportsbook 888 sports, had Bayern Munich at 3.75/1 to win, as opposed to Man City 4/1, an incredibly tight margin.
For a recap of Bayern Munich's victories and the footballers that have played a pivotal role in its success, look no further. Detailed below are some of the reasons why and how Bayern Munich are likely to reach the Champion League final this year and celebrate another year on the throne.
Recap of Bayern Munich's' Success 20/21
Bayern Munich failed to reach its full potential with coach Niko Kovac before November 2019. But once the manager resigned, and assistant coach Hansi Flick stepped up to manage the team, the performance of the Bavarians changed dramatically.
To begin with, the team won a match against their rivals Borussia Dortmund scoring 4-0 in the Bundesliga. From here, the winning streak commenced, with only two defeats and one draw in tow.
After accumulating 100 goals with the assistance of Lewandowski throughout the season, they won the Meisterschale on 17th June 2020.
Bayern Munich won 6 out of 6 matches during the Champions League, surpassing previous top teams such as Tottenham Hotspurs and dominating the field by achieving a 7-1 win over Chelsea and an 8-2 score against Barcelona.
In the finals against Paris Saint-Germain, Kingsley Coman scored the goal to secure Bayern Munich's title as Champions League winners on 23rd August 2020. This was a match that fans will not forget any time soon.
UEFA Super Cup
A victory in Lisbon allowed Bayern Munich to compete against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
Although the start of the match saw the team concede a goal, Leon Goretczka increased the game's time with an equalizer.
Moreover, Javi Martines headed the winner, and the team accrued the UEFA Super Cup trophy on 24th September 2020.
During the DFB-Pokal, Bayern Munich suffered a harrowing journey against determined teams like Hoffenheim, Schalke 04, and Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, during the final against Leverkusen, Bayern Munich won 4-2. And as per the Bundesliga and Champions League, Lewandowski earned the title as the top goal scorer once again.
A few days after the UEFA Super Cup victory, Bayern Munich took part in a domestic Super cup league. Here they competed once more against their rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Joshua Kimmich scored an unusual goal that determined the game's fate - bagging the team a DFL Super cup trophy on 30th September 2020.
Fifa Club World Cup
Despite the numerous setbacks Bayern Munich experienced during their journey to compete in the Club World Cup, the team still defeated Al Ahly (African champions) in the semi-finals.
Moreover, Benjamin Pavard demolished the North American Tigres' chances of winning the Club World Cup and seized the trophy on 11th February 2021.
FC Bayern Munich has demonstrated repeatedly in the past year that they are an unstoppable and fearless team.
With a continuous winning streak beyond the Champions League last year. It appears Bayern Munich is going from strength to strength and bowling through any teams that meet them on the pitch.
Witnessing the team's numerous victories is enough to strike fear in clubs' hearts in the upcoming Champions League. This could ultimately work in the team's favour to earn a successive win as Champion League winners.
Bayern Munich's Best Players
A player that's undoubtedly executed a pivotal role in Munich's success is Robert Lewandowski. As highlighted above, he continues to impress teams and fans with his goal-scoring antics.
Robert's excellent reputation precedes him among football associations. For instance, in December last year, Lewandowski surpassed the likes of what many believe are the best footballers in the world, Ronaldo and Messi, to win the FIFA Best Player of the year award. Before this event, in October 2020, he was also awarded as the player of the year.
Other incredible members on the team include goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is fondly described as the "sweeper-keeper." According to the CEO of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Manuel is the best goalkeeper ever to exist.
Manuel has repeatedly shown he has the technical, tactical, physical, and mental fortitude required to be labelled the best.
Other top players include midfielder Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller and Serge Gnarl, and Leon Goretzka.
Bayern Munich Maintain Position as Top Contenders to Win
From enhanced leadership to fantastic football players and a track record of triumphs in the past year. There's considerable evidence to suggest Bayern Munich will undoubtedly maintain its prime spot in the Champions League.
However, other strong contenders eager to gain the Champions League title shouldn't be forgotten. For example Man City, the second-favourites to win are taking the competition very seriously this year indeed. Also, we must remember that anything could happen. Football can be a very unpredictable sport and admittedly we all like to see the underdog win once in a while.