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Dante struggled to adapt to Pep Guardiola's system

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The Brazilian centerback was a little less effective in his second season in Munich.

Ronny Hartmann
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Dante was one of the best signings made by Bayern last season; at a relatively cheap price, the club was able to afford a reliable and experienced defender who had spent various years in the Bundesliga. This season, Dante has not been as reliable as last season. However, he has had to adapt to a more open defense; he has had to lunge into challenges because of the lack of protection. Also, he has not been part of the same back lines over and over again as he was last season due to Pep's constant changes.

Touches/90 Pass % Back Zone Pass % Forward Zone Pass %
88.91 91% 96% 82%

A pairing at the heart of defense is exactly that - a pairing. When one part of the pairing is not the same person, the other person suffers too as mutual understanding amongst the defenders reduces.

Shots/90 KP+Assists/90 Duel % Aerial Duel %
0.64 0.32 61% 63%

I can think of many occasions (not specific games, mind you) where I have seen Dante lunge into a challenge and been grateful for his presence. While Jerome Boateng in my view is a better tackler, Dante is not too bad himself. Considering the lack of protection he has had at times, he has done pretty well in this system. Pep's Barcelona side also had defensive frailties due to being too exposed from time to time; the same applies to Bayern.

Tackles/90 Int/90 Recoveries/90 Clearances/90
1.59 1.06 4.47 3.49

For me at least, Dante has done a reasonably good job this season. He has rarely been at fault directly for a goal, aside from the first match day in the Bundesliga perhaps. He has also not committed a foul inside the box against Marco Reus in a vital game in any competition. Next season, the hope is that Dante learns to tackle a bit better and improves a bit in one-on-one situations as well.

Grade 2013-2014: B