Manuel Neuer confidently declared that Bayern Munich’s present crop is best than the treble-winning aspect of 2012-13 following Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final win over Lyon.
The Germany goalkeeper is best positioned than most to supply such an opinion given he is without doubt one of the handful of figures remaining from Jupp Heynckes’ all-star solid, which defeated Borussia Dortmund within the European showpiece at Wembley in Could 2013 to make historical past.
It’s definitely a declare that has deserves and one that may have much more credence ought to Bayern defeat Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s Champions League remaining in Lisbon to repeat the feat below Hansi Flick.
Forward of the blockbuster conflict on the Estadio da Luz, now we have tried to match Bayern’s crew now in opposition to their treble winners.
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The one distinction between the posts is that Neuer is seven years older than he was when lifting the Champions League at Wembley.
His brilliance and significance to Bayern can’t be doubted, with Neuer holding 21 clear sheets in 50 matches this season – conceding simply 49.
He had 26 clear sheets and solely 33 shipped from the identical variety of matches within the 2012-13 marketing campaign, although.
Philipp Lahm, one of many best full-backs to have performed the sport, had 17 assists from right-back in that season, whereas it was David Alaba offering velocity, agility and creativity on the other aspect.
Alaba has transformed efficiently to centre-back this time period, partly as a result of Bayern had an damage disaster in that place but additionally as a result of phenomenal breakout season loved by Alphonso Davies.
Davies has three objectives and eight assists, not dangerous for a 19-year-old and fairly good compared to the 5 and 5 achieved by Alaba in 12-13.
Jerome Boateng remains to be going sturdy at centre-back, with Dante beginning the Wembley remaining and Alaba having partnered him for probably the most half this time period.
The sensational Joshua Kimmich has been taking part in at right-back in Lisbon as Benjamin Pavard has been contending with an ankle damage, with the Germany star having largely featured in midfield below Flick.
Verdict: With three of the 5 nonetheless remaining it’s most likely truthful to name this space of the pitch as a draw, although there are a number of younger choices within the 2019-20 crew that may proceed to scale new heights.
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Javi Martinez, nonetheless amongst Bayern’s ranks, and Bastian Schweinsteiger held down the midfield fort for the 2013 Champions League remaining, with Toni Kroos – who had damaged into the primary crew – having loved a distinguished function solely to have his marketing campaign ended by an damage within the quarter-finals.
On this 12 months’s knockout phases, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka have been the popular two in central midfield however partly as a result of Kimmich has been utilised elsewhere.
Schweinsteiger – a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany – is a legend at Bayern having received 18 trophies with Die Roten, along with his 9 objectives and eight assists a really distinguished return within the all-conquering Heynckes class.
Martinez has confirmed himself an especially precious squad participant, not least as a consequence of his versatility, whereas Kroos has gone on to get pleasure from a legendary profession with Actual Madrid.
However the present crop oozes high quality. Kimmich has primarily been utilized in midfield however is a world-class operator at full-back too.
Goretzka continues to develop in stature and has 15 objective involvements to his title this time period, whereas his eye for a go is essential to exploiting Bayern’s power out huge.
Thiago’s long-term future stays doubtful contemplating he’s into the ultimate 12 months of his contract however few in world soccer are pretty much as good at setting the tempo or defending the ball because the 29-year-old.
Verdict: There is no such thing as a doubt the 2012-13 class can argue its personal deserves however the versatility, slickness and vary of passing amongst this present Bayern aspect provides them the win.
Up entrance there could be just one winner. Lewandowski has been on a special stage this season, producing numbers to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the peak of their powers.
Lewandowski was taking part in for Dortmund the final time Bayern reached the ultimate and shall be their chief goalscoring menace in opposition to PSG.
The Poland star has 55 objectives throughout all competitions, together with 15 within the Champions League (solely Ronaldo has ever scored as many in a single marketing campaign).
It equates to a objective each 74 minutes, whereas Lewandowski has additionally contributed 9 assists in all competitions this time period.
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Mario Mandzukic was admittedly influential for Bayern’s treble-winning crew, together with scoring within the Wembley remaining in opposition to Dortmund.
That time period, the Croatian had 22 objectives (one each 130 minutes) and two assists – extraordinarily precious however not on the similar stage as Lewandowski.
Relating to the supporting solid, it turns into decidedly harder to make a judgement.
Thomas Muller is without doubt one of the few survivors from the 2013 crew. The attacking midfielder has had a positive resurgence below Flick having regarded destined for the exit door and has contributed 14 objectives and 25 assists throughout all competitions, in comparison with 23 and 15 respectively in 12-13.
Out huge, Bayern had Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben – two of the best wing artists of their technology. Proper now, Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic have been holding these positions within the knockout rounds, whereas Kingsley Coman is a devastating possibility from the bench.
Ribery and Robben contributed 50 objective involvements between them, with Robben scoring the winner in opposition to Dortmund, throughout their treble season.
Gnabry alone has 36 objective involvements (greater than both Robben or Ribery produced individually) throughout a marketing campaign that has seen him escape as a world-class star. Perisic, a extra workmanlike winger, has 15 and Coman 12.
Verdict: Whereas Lewandowski is clearly an enchancment within the striker place, the opposite ahead roles are trickier to select a winner. However the longevity of Robben and Ribery means they most likely nearly edge the argument, although Gnabry’s trajectory means this a solution that would simply be reviewed in years to return.
Revealed 21 Aug 2020, 12:32 IST