In recent weeks many a player has been linked with signing for Bayern Munich next season. With the German side already Bundesliga champions and seemingly on an unstoppable course toward a magnificent treble there is no wonder that looking ahead to next season is the primary motive of the German media. That treble became even more likely after they ran riot over Wolfsburg in a 6-1 semi-final triumph last night.
Next season things continue to excite with Pep Guardiola taking over from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season. Considering the reputation of the former Barcelona boss as the greatest in the world you can begin to understand why such a mood surrounds the Allianz Arena.
But with Guardiola comes a different style of football. Bayern already play quite exceptional possession play but the rumours persist that Guardiola wants to add a ball-playing centre-half to the team. With Daniel Van Buyten ageing and Pep reportedly unsure about Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng it is believed he has turned his attentions to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny to partner Dante next season.
Now while the former Lorient defender has certainly had his ups and downs there is no doubt that last night was one of his ups. Against Everton he was absolutely superb.
Victor Anichebe obviously considered backing into the Frenchman made sense over the giant Per Mertesacker but Koscielny proved one thing last night; he is no soft touch.
He won nearly every 50-50 with the beastly Nigerian forward and looked as composed as ever with the ball at feet.
If Guardiola had tuned in to watch he would have been absolutely mesmerised by his performance and would no doubt have been on the blower to Herr Rummenigge and Herr Beckenbauer telling them to ready the coffers for the 27-year-old.
Although if Guardiola was watching he would also have been remiss not to have been impressed with Everton’s Phil Jagielka.
The England centre-back was outstanding at the back making crucial blocks and interceptions throughout the game; he reminded me of Fabio Cannavaro in his plomp in a truly absorbing display at the back. Not only his defensive qualities but when he decided to take the ball on further up the pitch his previous life as a midfielder certainly showed. He demonstrated pace, power and agility and for me it was one of the best Premier League performances this season.
But an English centre back at Bayern Munich. Never going to happen.
Do you think Koscielny will be on his way to Bayern in the summer?
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