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The best XI of Jupp Heynckes Bayern career

The DFB Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt was Jupp Heynckes’ final match in charge of Bayern.

The 73-year-old, who succeeded Carlo Ancelotti, has had three previous spells in charge of the Bundesliga giants, most recently when he led them to the league, cup and Champions League treble in 2013.

DEFENSE

Manuel Neuer was a formidable presence between the sticks for Bayern and remained a stalwart of the side until his injury.  Neuer only returned to full first-team training this week. He has not played competitively since suffering a second metatarsal break in the space of six months in a Bundesliga game against Mainz on 16 September 2017.

At full-back, the Bavarians have been blessed with plenty of talented players but it is two  that get the nod.

Philipp Lahm a perfect blend of pace, attacking instinct and defensive awareness – edges out Joshua Kimmich, while David Alaba, is not just the best left-back of Heynckes’ tenure, but of modern Bundesliga history too.

The heart of the defence picks itself: Jerome Boateng was the rock upon which Bayern’s defense was built, while Mats Hummels – plucked mercilessly from arch-rivals Dortmund, is the most dominant centre-back in the Bundesliga. Leadership, intelligence, power – they have everything.

MIDFIELD

Bayern’s midfield has taken on various manifestations over the years, with physicality replaced by rather more delicate technicians.

In Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jupp Heynckes had a nartured and archetypal German playe, and someone who he would never quite be able to replace.  The German, a product of Bayern academy, was a monster in midfield, blessed with both power and poise. Alongside him Javi Martinez.

WIDE MEN

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery – better known as Robbery – have been wowing Bundesliga fans for a decade.

Saturday 29 August 2009 will go down in history as the beginning of an eminent chapter in the history of Bayern, marking the first day Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery took to the field together in their colours.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry joined Bayern Munich while on different career trajectories.

Robben was only 25 when fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal brought him to the Bundesliga, but it seemed as if he had been around for a lot longer.

For Ribéry on the other hand, Bayern was the next logical career move. Having clambered up the French footballing pyramid, he had become one of Ligue 1’s star players in his two seasons at Marseille.

A move abroad was inevitable. Bayern took a punt and signed him for €25m in 2007, making him the most expensive player in their history. Ribéry was destined to be fans’ favourite. He rampaged up and down pitches, turning opponents inside out as his new club won the double in his first season in Germany.

STRIKER

This is not easy. Mario Mandzukic was a very hard worker and a good finisher, but he was not blessed with searing pace and audacity, while Robert Lewandowski was a more subtle and intelligent striker. Although Bayern won the treble in 2013 with Mario Mandzukic at the heart of attack, we pick Robert Lewandowski simply because the Poland international has got more class and is blessed with more pace and audacity than Mario Mandzukic

AND HERE IS HOW THEY WOULD LINEUP….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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