By: Thomas Hautmann
Start of a new dynasty?
Bayern Munich flexed its powerful financial muscle once again in the Bundesliga by triggering the €37 million buyout clause for Dortmund star Mario Gotze, considered the greatest German talent in a generation. While the move itself isn’t very surprising, the timing of it certainly is.
The news broke late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the day of Bayern’s gigantic home match against Barcelona, and just two days before Dortmund’s critical clash against Real Madrid. Dortmund’s team, and especially the fans, must now show incredible resolve and togetherness in a difficult situation. They must beat Real at home to have a chance at the Champions League final where, of course, they could potentially face Gotze’s new team. What a game that would be!
For Bayern, bringing in Gotze will be seen as an early Christmas gift for incoming manager Pep Guardiola. Gotze was rumored to be atop the ex-Barcelona coach’s wish list, and this all but proves it. The move also brings back a sense of normalcy in Germany. Bayern rarely loses a young German talent they’ve targeted to another Bundesliga team, yet Dortmund achieved such a coupe by reeling in Marco Reus last summer. Now, Bayern seems to have the last laugh once again by prying away Dortmund’s best player, and, coincidentally, Reus’ best friend. Weakening its rivals has always been as important to the Bavarians as improving its own squad. Safe to say they have hit the mark with this move once more.
The move will also trigger a domino effect on Bayern’s roster next season. Nobody truly knows Guardiola’s plans, but Gotze could be a perfect fit as a “false nine” in the Spaniard’s system, much like Lionel Messi was for him at Barca. Gotze has already proven he can play that role in the German national team, and that would continue to free up the wing positions for Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller. The odd men out? Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez should probably shop around for new teams as soon as they can, especially if the rumored deal for Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski comes to fruition as well (talk about double dipping).
For the rest of the Bundesliga, this could be a fatal blow. Bayern has broken all kinds of records this season, and with Gotze joining this all-star squad, it seems almost impossible to picture any other team stopping this club.
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