The road was not paved in Europe for the Bavarians, but the team managed to surpass clubs the size of English Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon, France, with great results and a convincing performance. Thus, Bayern reached the final of the champions, to face Paris Saint-Germain, who was armed with the incentive to write history the first time it reached the final of the most prestigious tournament. A meeting between two almost complete systems gave the final another dimension.
Bayern Munich recently changed their contracting style for the European crown
The first minutes of the match were marked by mistakes by both teams, which showed the extent of the players’ tension, and in the first half there were some good opportunities to score, but they met the brilliance of the two goalkeepers, specifically German Manuel Neuer.
In the second half, Bayern improved more and was in control of most of the minutes, and managed to score the first and only goal of the match in the 59th minute through French player Kingsley Coman. A goal that lasted until the last minutes due to the good management of the team by the coach in addition to the durability of the system, which witnessed a clear brilliance for most of its players, especially Thiago Alcantara and Manuel Neuer.
Thus, Bayern Munich won the Champions League for the sixth time in its history, after the years (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 and 2013), and became the first team to be crowned the “Champions League” without suffering any loss in one season of the championship, since Manchester United in England in the year 2008, and it became the only club to achieve the championship by winning all its matches (11 matches).
This title is not a coincidence, but rather the result of a plan that the Bavarian club’s management worked on to achieve the Champions League title after lean European years.
It is evident that the European champion today differs from the European champion in 2013. Although the Bavarian club was the champion of both occasions, it was the names, style and policy adopted in the contracts that changed recently. The decision to change the contracting policy was not made overnight. Rather, it was the last shot after trying more than one scenario and plan, starting with changing the club’s football philosophy (this was evident when the Spanish coach Pep Guardiola was brought in), and ending with the recruitment of coaches with a great history in the European competition among them. Italian Carlo Ancelotti. With the failure of European coaches, the administration has turned to bring in new players from outside the German league, in pursuit of the European dream.
In past years, Bayern Munich adopted a policy of buying Bundesliga stars to weaken their opponents. A policy that allowed Bayern to dominate local titles, but the tax was high at the time, and that was the European failure. The style has changed this season, and the management has become dependent on a philosophy based on creating a balance between the two generations of veteran and young, while recruiting talents from outside the Bundesliga, which has reflected remarkable success at various levels. It began when the Bavarian club broke the record for German League deals, after he brought in French Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez for 80 million euros, then signed with Brazilian Felipe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic. The team experienced some ups and downs at the start of the season, so the former Croatian coach Niko Kovac was sacked and replaced by Hans Dieter Flick, the current coach and history writer, accompanied by the Bavarians.
The new policy, which requires buying stars from outside the German league, was adopted to bring in capabilities compatible with the requirements of the Champions League crowning, a bet in which the management succeeded after building an integrated system that combines skill, experience and effectiveness.
It was an exceptional season that proved the excellence of Bayern Munich’s management. A historical trilogy according to which Bayern is still the most difficult number in Germany, and confirms the Bavarian giant’s return to the European front again.
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