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Bayern Munich’s DFL Super Cup win a sign of things to come

Milos Markovic in Bundesliga, Editorial 15 Aug 2016

A new era at Bayern Munich began with a trophy / Image via insidespanishfootball.com

A new era at Bayern Munich begins with a trophy / Image via insidespanishfootball.com

Bayern Munich had a successful start to the season as they have won their first domestic trophy with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.

It was Carlo Ancelotti’s first piece of silverware as Bayern Munich manager and the fans are hopeful it will be the first in line.

A Deserved Win

Bayern Munich have continued with their domestic dominance thanks to another compelling performance against their biggest Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Carlo Ancelotti only upgraded Pep Guardiola’s system in order to achieve the desired result in his first official game in charge.

Arturo Vidal opened the account having drilled home after his initial shot had been blocked, while Germany striker Thomas Muller turned in from close range as defender Mats Hummels nodded down from a corner.

Borussia Dortmund attempted to get back into the game through forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and summer signing Ousmane Dembele, but Bayern Munich emerged deserved winners in the end.

The Super Cup triumph was a timely boost ahead of the Bundesliga opening scheduled for 26 August with Bayern beginning their title defence against Werder Bremen.

A new era begins for the Bavarian giants who are looking at the odds of 1/7 to be crowned Bundesliga champions at the end of 2016/17 season.

Ancelotti A Born Winner

Regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time, Carlo Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals.

A glorified tactician won trophies with most clubs he managed with the exception of Reggiana and Parma at the very beginning of his managerial career.

UEFA Intertoto Cup was followed by two Champions League titles with AC Milan, while Ancelotti went on to collect as many as 18 titles up to this point in his career. By winning the German Super Cup trophy Carlo Ancelotti achieved what Pep Guardiola failed in three years at Bayern Munich.

Guardiola’s Bayern Munich lost all three Super Cups to Borussia Dortmund on two occasions and to Wolfsburg during his last year in charge.

Having won the elusive trophy this year, Bayern Munich caught up with Borussia Dortmund and these two clubs are now the two most successful sides in the competition with 5 titles next to their names.

A Change of Pace?

Carlo Ancelotti inherited a strong squad from Pep Guardiola and the Italian tactician claims that he will not diverge from Spaniard’s style too much.

Former Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid manager said he did not come to Bayern to start a revolution, but despite his claims there will certainly be changes to Bayern’s formation and tactics as Die Roten start a new chapter.

Known as a calm figure in stressful times, Carlo Ancelotti is expected to create a fluid attacking team in a 4-3-3 formation he adopted against Borussia Dortmund.

Ancelotti was forced to experiment with his squad given the fact that a couple of players are missing with injury and that a couple of more have missed a large portion of preseason, but the Italian will likely find a winning formula pretty soon much to the joy of Bayern Munich fans.

A Team Built for Success

A talented squad that is at his disposal will only alleviate the transition. Bayern Munich were active in the transfer market bringing players to boost the departments that were deemed weaker and it is fair to say that Bayern now have even more competitive squad to boast with.

Portugal teenage sensation Renato Sanches was brought from Benfica despite heavy interest from Manchester United as the Bavarians showed the world how transfers should be done in the first place – without a big fuss around them.

Mats Hummels was the one who raised plenty of eyebrows as former Borussia Dortmund made big headlines following his surprising transfer to the Allianz Arena.

With Mario Gotze and Mehdi Benatia both out of the club, Bayern Munich have brought worthy replacements that are expected to be an upgrade in the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be a continuation of Heynkes’ attacking style with the winger-based formula that has worked so well for the former Bayern Munich manager.

Managerial transition will not be the only one at Bayern this year as Ancelotti is widely expected to replace the ageing Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben with young exciting wingers Sanches and Coman which will be an upgrade of its own as the new dawn arrives for Bavarian giants.

Will Ancelotti be a success at Bayern Munich?



Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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