Team Review: Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 21, 2014
Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 Season

Bundesliga Finish: Champions

Match Results: W29-D3-L2

(Featured image: Bayern Munich | Source: abc.net.au)

 

Online betting top dogs Bayern Munich emerged as champions of Bundesliga for a second consecutive season after they finished the 2013-14 term with an almost perfect record. They nearly became the only club in Bundesliga history to end the season unbeaten if not for the careless decisions they made during their battles against Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund. But despite this, the side generally had a hugely successful season, with a few more titles they seized in addition to the domestic top-flight league.

 

It must have been quite challenging for new coach and former Barca manager Pep Guardiola to match the achievements produced by Jupp Heynckes who helped the side obtain the European treble in the previous season. Guardiola did not disappoint, but he failed to replicate his predecessor’s accomplishments. Nevertheless, his men soared very high in the EUFA Super Cup and DFB-Pokal where they attained the championship. They also achieved their very first FIFA Club World Cup title from this season. They finished runners up in the DFL-Supercup and semi-finalists in the UEFA Champions League.

 

During the season, Der FCB signed Jan Kirchhoff, Mario Götze, and Thiago while Mitchell Weiser returned from his loan spell. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Maximilian Riedmüller, Dale Jennings, Mario Gómez, Luiz Gustavo, and Emre Can bade adieu to the side and moved to other clubs. Mario Mandžukić was the side’s top scorer with 18 goals scored (second best in the tournament, behind Robert Lewandowski’s 20) while Franck Ribéry was the top assister with 11 passes (followed closely by Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller with 10 each).

 

Pep’s decision to put his top players on the bench in preparation for the Champions League was criticized by Bundesliga supporters. The side lost their form and were very weak on the pitch which eventually led to their back-to-back upsets to Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund. The manager’s decision initially paid off but in the end, Bayern still failed to achieve the EUFA silverware. The side had an enormously brilliant run in the league prior to these mishaps, scoring countless and unbroken wins accentuated by the seven-goal clean sheet victory against Werder Bremen away.