Why swapping Luiz for Mandzukic would be the best thing that could happen to Chelsea

Mario Mandzukic Bayern

It is reported that Bayern and Chelsea are talking about swapping Chelsea’s defender Luiz with Bayern’s striker Mandzukic. These are the reasons why Chelsea would benefit more from this deal.

If a football player becomes a supe star or not depends of course on his talent, but even more than that on his effort. That’s why football players who make the best of their limited talent should be admired even more than football players who become famous because they simply make use of their skills.

Bayern’s striker Mario Mandzukic is probably one of the best examples how far an average player can get with hard work and dedication. Mandzukic is not the fastest player and he’s also technically limited. However, his abilities to explode in the opposition box and be in the right place at the right time make him one of the most special strikers in Europe.

When he came to Bayern from Wolfsburg two years ago, he was planned to be the striker number two behind Mario Gomez. Once Gomez was injured and Mandzukic played, he so that in such a convincing way that Bayern’s coach Heynckes still let him play even after Gomez was fit again.

At the end of the season Gomez left to Florence and Bayern’s new coach Guardiola was expected to let the technically stronger Mario Götze play as a central striker. Götze also had some matches on that position but Mandzukic once again convinced the coach when he was brought in, especially in the Champions League match against Manchester United, in which he provided the assist to Bayern’s equalizer. Since then Mandzukic has been a regular starter for the rest of the season.

If Bayern now really agree on swapping Mandzukic with David Luiz from Chelsea, then they would lose a very reliable factor in their team. Mandzukic is hardly ever injured, didn’t get a single red card during his time with Bayern and Wolfsburg, and scored each season more goals than in the one before. His ability to learn and his eagerness to always wanting to improve make him a player who every coach would love to have in his squad.

At least almost every coach. Guardiola said after Bayern’s disappointing defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, that the problem was that his team didn’t control the ball enough in both matches. He made clear that he won’t change his tactics, even though the media and the fans in Munich criticised him for being tactically too inflexible.

However, his solution seems to be to sign the technically strong defender turned midfielder David Luiz from Chelsea as an asset to his system. Nothing against Luiz, who is definitely a very skilled player, but there are already enough other players who could play on his position. Javi Martinez for example, who has showed already under Heynckes how valuable he could be for the team.

Apart from that, Bayern have already signed the promising talent Sebastian Rode from Frankfurt as a defensive midfielder, so they already have more than enough options for that position.

Mandzukic on the other hand already showed in the past that he doesn’t fear any competition and has always gotten his playing time. Even Robert Lewandowski shouldn’t be too sure to be always picked instead of the Croatian international.

If Mandzukic left to Chelsea, he could be exactly the puzzle piece that the Blues are still missing: an athletic and dangerous central striker who could harmonize perfectly with Chelsea’s brilliant attacking midfield. In the end Chelsea could benefit much more from getting Mandzukic than Bayern would by signing Luiz.

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