Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: May 2011
Re: 2013-2014 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
I don't see Guardiolas handwriting in the play of Bayern right now. It was more the individual class of Robben and Ribery and the automated mechanics of the team from last season that secured the win on friday.
Schweinsteiger as a lone defensive midfielder doesn't look right, because he's usually bringing the game to the front, now he's more engaged in the defensive work than in a double six.
Right now, I still feel that the language problem leads to Guardiola not completely reaching the team. It's still enough for most of Bundesliga's team just from pure quality of the squad, but against Leverkusen, Schalke or Dortmund, they will have to be coordinated perfectly. They still have some time to the first really big match.