When the nightmare ended with a 5-0 aggregate loss to Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena, Pep Guardiola vowed to make a strong comeback and win the Champions League. That night in Munich changed the way in which people perceived possession football. Tiki – taka was doubted. Guardiola’s “keep the ball, pass the ball” technique needs an evolution.
Guardiola has tested out the variants of “three at the back” and has adopted a counter pressing system. So far, so good. But can Bayern resist the teams that play on the counter? Last season Bayern Munich was clearly the favorite to reach the finals of CL. But Real Madrid’s pressure soaking defensive setup and quick attacks on the break put dent to Bayern’s progress. After watching Guardiola’s men for 5 months, I think, their playing style has changed but they are not yet ready to win the Champions League.
Here are the five reasons: