Van Gaal Shaping up Bayern


Louis Van Gaal’s hiring promised a new era of domination for Bayern Munich. Van Gaal’s history of success with Ajax, Barca and AZ are unquestioned. But his struggles as Holland Manager and his lack of familiarity with the Bundesliga made some wonder if it was in fact a wise hiring.  Bayern Munich’s struggles in two of the previous three seasons made the hiring of a top international manager compulsory, not optional.

The purchase of Arjen Robben has jump started a team that struggled early gaining only two points in its first three Bundesliga matches. Dropped points in Germany are a big deal: the league is hyper competitive at the top when compared with the other top divisions in Europe.

Now Bayern is beginning to play a high level of football. The last two matches have seen the German giants score eight goals and allow just one. The addition of Robben has allowed the star studded side to begin playing a more complete and attractive style. More importantly, discipline, which was in short order at Bayern, seems to have returned this season.

Only time will tell if Bayern returns to the top of the Bundesliga. One thing is for sure: they have made significant changes and strides since the end of last season.