Before we get going with the second half of the season, it is time to lay down some thoughts on how this might all play out for Bayern Munich.
Follow us on this two-part journey, which will details the potential best — and worst — for how things will play out. You have already received the (potentially) bad news, not let’s hit how good this could all play out...
1. Bayern Munich will get exactly what it needs in the transfer window
- A versatile defender? A defensive midfielder? A veteran, depth option for the attack? Bayern Munich will get them all. Thomas Tuchel is going to get the pieces he wants to complete the best version of his vision for the the team that he can get at this stage. It will not be cheap and the moves could have a costly effect within the locker room, but the coach will have his arsenal fully loaded.
2. Bayern Munich will stay healthy
- With Noussair Mazraoui and Kim Min-jae likely out on international duty (though Mazraoui’s status is up in the air at this point), there will be a lot of mileage put on the existing roster to cover for this losses. However, Tuchel is going to come to his senses and realize that he can rotate without fear — therefore keeping the locker room (somewhat) harmonious and his best players fresh.
3. Tuchel is going to ride that hybrid 4-4-2 he used to close the Hinrunde
- By playing Harry Kane, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, and Thomas Muller together, Tuchel has finally unlocked the true potential of his attacking group. With no slight meant to Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, and Mathys Tel, Tuchel has figured it out and identified his best quartet. With his newfound confidence in rotating, he will be able to spread around playing time and use his subs in each game to lessen the workload on his Champagne XI, while also keeping everyone sharp.
4. De Ligt is going to light the world on fire
- With his ego (perhaps) a little bruised, Matthijs de Ligt is going to prove to Tuchel (and the world) that he is still one of the top center-backs around. Unable to ignore De Ligt’s scintillating form as he fills in for Min-jae, Tuchel will commit to a three-man rotation at center-back, which will keep all three players fit and healthy, while also allowing the coach to ride the hot man — or even strategically set up his center-backs to stifle the opposition’s attack.
5. Similarly, Kimmich and Goretzka will rise to the occasion as a new midfielder will stir the drink in the midfield
- All Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have heard for months is how they need to be replaced. By the fans, the media, and — even — the coach...the once dynamic duo has taken hit after hit. Not anymore, though, as Kimmich and Goretzka are going to team with the new midfielder to create a three-man unit to win the midfield battles for the second half, while all remaining healthy.
6. Kane will shatter Lewandowski’s goal-scoring record
- After his move from Tottenham Hotspur, some wondered just how big of an impact Kane would make. Well, in his first season in Germany, Kane will smash Lewandowski’s record and maybe even push the limit to 50 if some things break right.
7. Davies will find his groove
- For two years now, Davies has been treading water. Still possessing the same strengths and weaknesses that he had in 2019/20, things will clock for the Canadian in the second half of the season. The feeling of progress will renew his love for Bavaria — and his contract, as things will work out on the pitch and at the negotiating table for the thrilling left-back.
8. Bayern Munich will win the Bundesliga
- Bayer Leverkusen is going to collapse, Borussia Dortmund will continue to be a disaster, RB Leipzig will be good, but not good enough, and VfB Stuttgart will hit a bitter slide that will jeopardize its chances for European play. All of this will grease the pathway for Bayern Munich to win its 12th consecutive title.
9. Bayern Munich will advance to the Champions League semifinals
- You might have thought that all of this was leading to an improbable UCL victory over Manchester City, which would see Kane lift the cup over his head, ending years of shots about his inability to win in European play. You would be wrong, but it will not be a shameful dismissal from the competition.
10. Bayern Munich will be left with a unity and sense of determination to finish the job in 2024/25
- The exit from the Champions League will not be entirely bitter, though. The Bavarians will not be outclassed, nor outplayed. They will have a burning sense they not only only could have won the UCL, but that they should have won it. There will be a few tweaks and Bayern Munich will ride into 2024/25 ready and able to slice through its competition.