Bayern Munich won it all last season: the UEFA Champions League, the German Budesliga, the DFK-Pokal Cup and the sweepstakes for manager Pep Guardiola.
The Bavarians made history as the first German club to complete a treble.
Here’s the frightening thing for the rest of the teams in Europe; Bayern might be even better this year.
Guardiola, who returns from a one-year hiatus from the sidelines after a glittering, unprecedented 14 trophy-filled four years at FC Barcelona, will mold the team in his dominant, disciplined, possession-first style.
Bayern broke the German transfer record this summer by spending $48 million to add 21-year-old playmaker Mario Götze from nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund.
He joins a squad comprised of a veritable who’s who of German internationals—Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller—and the dangerous duo of Dutchman Arjen Robben and Frenchman Franck Ribéry on the wings.
The new manager brings with him to Allianz Arena a fresh take to improve upon an established winner. The same can be said of Bayern Munich’s new third jersey, which you can only find at SOCCER.COM, and Champions League training gear from adidas.
The third shirt is striped with three shades of blue interspersed with black and accented by red on the shoulders. Bayern will wear it for away matches in the Champions League and in German cup matches. It replaces last year’s all-black shirt.
Players will take the field wearing the new gear as they usher in another era in the storied history of the club.
“We won’t reinvent the game, but it’s a new imagination and it’s a bit different,” said Lahm, the captain, after one of Guardiola’s first training sessions. “It’s about changing the little things.”
While the little things might change, the big things, like trophies, probably won’t.
Added Robben, “With such a good coach as him, I’m sure the outcome can only be positive.”