How Bayern Munich went from a weak Bundesliga team in 2019 to Champions League Finalists in 2020.

The Bavarian giants knocked out Olympique Lyonnaise to reach the Champions League finals for the first time in 7yrs in an encounter the French Club will surely regret all chances missed. It is also Bayern’s fourth time of reaching the Champions League final since 2010.

Looking at the way Bayern Munich evolved over the season, one will be forgiven if he thought that their season started on a roller coaster. That, is far from the case. Bayern’s season started with a shocking 0 – 2 loss to Borrussia Dortmund in the DFB Supercup.

All was expected to go well with the signing of world cup star Packard (from France), Lucas Hernandez, Philippe Coutinho (on loan from Barca), Ivan Perisic (from Inter Milan) and wonderkid, Davies. The club had allowed most of their aging stars like Arjen Robben, Ribbery, Mats Hummel’s and Rafinha to leave. Also, James Rodriguez was allowed to go back to his parent club, Real Madrid.

The season started very well for the Bavarian club as they went on a 14 match unbeaten run, topping Borrussia Dortmund by 2 points. But, the good domestic run was soon soured by a series of bad results and inconsistencies. It was expected though by the board as the team was undergoing a transitional phase after losing most of the stars that helped the team win 7 consecutive Bundesliga titles.

BUNDESLIGA WOES

A 7-2 humiliation of Tottenham by Bayern Munich in the UCL was followed by a humbling 1-2 home loss to an in form Hoffenheim.

This was followed by a draw against Augsburg and a 5 -1 hammering at the hands of Frankfurt. The team’s gaffe, Kovac was eventually sacked as a result of the poor run of form which saw Bayern Munich down four points below table toppers, Borrussia Mönchengladbach. After his sacking, the current coach, Hansi Flick, was appointed by the board to salvage the situation.

Hansi started his reign with a statement of intent after hammering Borrussia Dortmund 4-0, followed by a demolishing of Fortuna Dusseldorf with the same scoreline. However, Hansi’s new found success charm was soon cut down by back to back defeats to Bayern Leverkusen and Borrussia Mönchengladbach. By match day 14, Bayern was comfortably sitting at the 7th position in the Bundesliga. Definitely not what they had in mind, especially coming off the back of clinching the league just a few months prior. 

However, a Coutinho inspired 6 -1 drubing of Werder Bremen got things moving in the right direction again for the team. Meanwhile, unlike in the league, the Bavarian giants were superb in the UCL group stages, handing out football lessons to the likes of Tottenham with a 7-2 thrashing, and a 6-0 evisceration of Red Star Belgrade.

Hansi Flick soon implemented his football style with the team, and before long, the players understood exactly what the coach want and what he expects of each one of his players. By their 25th game of the season, Bayern Munich has scored an alarming 73 goals in what would later be Lewandoski’s best scoring season. The team went on to win both the League title and DFB POKAL cup.

The Bayern Munich super star, Lewandoski, will go on to hit 55 goals for all competitions in an all time personal high, with room for more goal addition in the UCL final against PSG.

After a scintillating performance against Chelsea in the UCL Quarter Final, Bayern Munich went on an 8 -2 scoring rampage against Catalan giants, FC Barcelona. The Catalans were disgraced out of the UCL by the Bavarians after a shoddy and disgraceful season filled with nothing but tell-tell sad tales involving board and players.

Yesterday, Bayern Munich capped their illustrious season with a 3 – 0 win over a dogged Lyon who missed their early chances in the game and were eventually dumped out of the UCL by a renaissance Bayern Munich. Gnabry was the man to the rescue as he stepped up from the left, dribbled past three players and slotted home a beautifully curved goal into the far left of the net. He added another one before Lewandoski closed scoring for the Bavarian giants with a fine header to add to his Champions League tally. Lewandoski is currently on 15 goals, and have a chance to add more on Sunday in the finals.

The Bavarian giants will now face French Champions, PSG, in a mouth watering Champions League final on Sunday 23rd August, 2020 by 8pm GMT+1.

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