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Very interesting and probably very wise move on Pep's part. He listens to Cruijff, and it's known that Cruijff is impressed with Bayern as a well run club, maybe that had some influence on his decision.
I'd already been living in dread that a coach I really like would wind up going to a team I absolutely loathe, so I'm really pleased about this move. I have no reason to particularly dislike Bayern and I was cheering for them in the CL final, which would up with the most undeserving winner ever.
City have only become loathsome since the Arabs took over, but I have hated Chavski for decades, long before the insane Russian came along. I'm sad to see a number of US Chavscum fans here, you guys could really pick so many more worthy clubs to support.
First things first: Im sad to see Don Jupp go. He has Bayern playing some of best football I have seen in many years. That said, this Pep signing is very exciting not just for Bayern but for the whole BL. The BL has been rising in status the last few years but this will greatly help their worldwide marketing. Hopefully this means more exposure, more TV deals outside of Germany and therefore more money for BL teams to spend (which would also make the league even more competitive).
For Bayern I only hope that this does not change their stance on signing young German talent. Sammer came out just a few weeks ago saying that Bayerns transfer targets would be exclusively young German players like Kirschhoff (already signed) or Goretzka, Rode, Jung etc. I don't want Pep to bring anybody over from Barca unless they are youth players. No to someone like Pedro or Adriano.
All in all. I am excited for this move but first I want to see Don Jupp ride off into the sunset by winning the treble!
Also a bit scared about what this means for Mario Gomez. Seems like Guardiola doesn't really like these big striker types. Hope he doesn't sell him off like he did Eto'o and Ibra.
Out of said players, IMO Jung and Goretzka are the players that Munich should target, IMO.
Jung is the German right back of the future and Lahm can't continue playing 60+ games over 90 minutes for years to come. That will wear him down and affect his play.
Actually, it has already affected his play. This season is the first season in years he is somewhat close to being the player he can be, although I still don't think he is at 100%. Last season he was downright awful. Although, when he is playing awful he is still better than most of the right backs out there.
Kirchhoff? I'm a fan of Mainz 05. That signing is IMHO completely pointless.
I get why Munich signed him because he is a talented German player and they didn't risk much because he comes without a transfer fee. Even for Mainz he is kind of inconsistent, though.
Realistically, Kirchhoff should've gone to Leverkusen if he wanted to develop as a player.
I don't know if you have seen much of him but there is no reason to believe that he'll be anything more than Bayern Munich's fourth center back.
In Leverkusen he would've had a realistic chance of getting serious minutes. Wollscheid is probably a tier above him but he would've had a realistic chance of taking Toprak's spot.
Young players need games to develop. Training can only get you so far, you need to play.
Rode? Same procedure. I get why they would sign him because he's cheap at 2.5 mil. and a talented defensive midfielder. However, they have Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo and Javi Martinez in front of him. Then they have Alaba, who can and probably wants to play in midfield in the future.
And on top of that they have Emre Can, one of the most promissing young talents in Germany and Pierre Emil Hojbjerg who is also said to be an amazing talent at that same position. There really is no need to go after Rode. I would resign Tymo until 2014 as a stop gap defensive midfielder until Can is ready for regular minutes at the pros.
Goretzka does not make much sense either as a defensive midfielder but I guess with him you can make an exception because of being incredibly talented.
I have deep respect for him because he is a starting defensive midfielder in the 2nd BL at age 17. Signing and parking him in Bochum or a lower level Bundesliga club for another season or two should be a good option.
Rode in my opinion has been Frankfurts driving force this season (Along with Maier). I am very impressed by his play. This does not mean I see him as a necessity for Bayern just as a realistic target. If signed they should be given the Lahm/Kroos/Alaba/ect. treatment. Long term loan to other BL squads. If they develop, keep them. If not let them go.