What does it take to become the best? There has been lots of opinions thrown in the direction of Bayern over the last few seasons, some derogatory in terms of Bojan not addressing an ageing squad, and not utilising squad talent to bring in serious players. Tonight we pull the bones out of Bojan’s work to date.
Bojan has now been in charge for 293 games, and he came in on the back of Bayern finishing 3rd in season 11. Its always a tough task to better the achievements of previous managers when you take over one of the top clubs. In fact when he took the hotseat Bayern could boast they where 3 times Top 100 champions and were consistently fighting at the top end of the league season upon season. As we enter his 7th season in charge Bojan to date has not been able to replicate the success of the past.
He started life off pretty well bagging the Top100 cup in his first full season, Whilst finishing 4th in the league. However after 5 seasons of stagnating, and the fans being starved of success on the pitch Bojan delivered another cup in season 17. Bayern have won a staggering 21 trophies in 17 seasons, however of that haul only 3 have occurred during Bojans reign with the 3rd of them being added at the start of season 18, which was the charity shield, although the result was against very much a second string Chelsea.
When we look at Bayerns squad its looking very tasty. They have been very active lately adding the quality of Fernandes, Pogba, Immobile. There is a very different feel about Bayerns ambitions, with Immobiles capture the most significant capture Bojan has made, as Bayern have been crying out for a striker to replace Cavani for a long time. At 32 he is entering those twighlight years, but you would think if he stays fit, turning draws into wins and losses into draws, gives Bayern a real chance to claw their way back into a top 4 finish.
Bojan has also got some young gems like Pino, but with one of the smallest squads with just 41 players, is he really adding enough to the youth department to allow him to churn talent in exchange for success?
Bojan is happy to loan good players out, and drives a very hard bargain when trying to do internal deals. He very rarely ends up on the losing side when he does these deals, but maybe his unwillingness to give more for less, where the less has the scope to become more, and is potentially worth a 2 or 3 places in the table is why in some quarters criticism has been thrown?
Bayern have certainly been more active later in the market, and are looking very strong, however if they can recapture the glory years the jury is very much out there?
Bayern now need to take advantage of the transition other top clubs are now going through, for example Barcelona. With nearly 300 games under his belt there can be no more excuses why Bayern flatter to deceive. Last season’s 7th place finish is not good enough given whats come before. The fans and board grow restless and there will come a time when enough is enough unless Bayern can start competing for the top dog status once more in Top100.
Bojan is a very active member of the top100 community, but only better league finishes and trophies will shut the doubters up.
Season 18, is probably the most important during Bojan’s reign. There is an expectation that Bayern can finish at least 3rd, anything less and it will be deemed another underwhelming season”