Seems to have been around forever but is still only 33 and showing no signs of slowing down. Has great pace and technique and a danger cutting inside from the right-hand side of the field. Not played as many games as he would have liked, often coming on from the bench however with a mooted change in system next season for Bayern, could Robben feature more prominently?
He like Robben, has also not featured as much as he would have liked this season and will be hoping for more opportunities next season. There is no doubting his ability and seems to have an engine that never tires. Dangerous when played up top or just behind the main front man and will always give 100%, even if it is not his day.
Unbelievably quick forward who causes defenders all sorts of problems when running at them. Featured even less than Robben and Muller but can be a great impact player coming off from the bench, especially in the latter stages of games when tired legs affect his opponents. At 26, still has time on his side to break into the side.
Highly talented French international forward who has the potential to be better than Henry. Also, very quick like Costa, Coman has great technical skills and is one of the fittest members of the squad. Can learn a lot from the likes of Lacazette, Lewandowski and Dzeko and with the right attitude and application, can go on to be a regular in both the Bayern and French national teams side for many years to come.
Bayern Munich player reviews for the season with a mark out of 10.
Manuel Neuer – 6
The best goalkeeper in the world but an indifferent season this time around. No doubting his world class ability but he will not be happy with a number of his performances this season in a shaky Bayern backline. Despite this, he remains the undisputed number 1 and that does not look like changing anytime soon.
Sven Ulreich – 5
Managed 5 appearances this season which is 5 more than most expected him to make. Evidently, these were due to injury to Neuer but when given his chance in the team, he did not grasp it, often looking nervous on crosses and not commanding his area. Will again be understudy to Neuer and will only surely play if injury strikes again.
Tom Starke – N/A
Never made an appearance and made the subs bench only 7 times. Has not signed a new contract despite offered another 1 year deal therefore will be moving on now that the season has finished.
Mat Hummels – 7
In what was a poor defensive showing from the team, Hummels still stood out as a top-class centre back who put in some heroic displays. May lack pace but his reading of the game is immaculate which was evident this season. Seemed to work better alongside Boateng than recent signing Manolas.
Kostas Manolas – 6
Far from assured in the 3 appearances that he made after a big money move from AS Roma and did not feature in the final game of the season. The Greek international will need to work on his partnership with Hummels if they are to be a success.
Jerome Boateng – 6
Played well in patches but not consistently enough and these displays saw him lose his place towards the end of the season to new signing Kostas Manolas. Will be looking to establish himself again next season. Can play in the centre or at right back but many see his best position as centre back.
Javi Martinez – 6
Another who played well in some games, but looked poor in others, therefore was unable to claim a regular starting place in the side. A poor disciplinary record also did not help and he will need to curb this if he is to get ahead of the likes of Hummels, Boateng and Manolas.
Antoine Rüdiger – 6
A new signing from AS Roma a future captain of both club and country but also struggled to break into the side ahead of more established names. Scored his first goal for the club on the final day of the season against AC Milan and many expect much bigger things next season.
Issa Diop – 5
A huge prospect who made 1 substitute appearance on the final day of the season, giving Bayern fans flashes of what to expect over the coming seasons. Likely to spend next season on loan to continue his education.
David Alaba – 7
The Austrian can play almost anywhere across the defence or midfield but was mainly played as a left back last season, foraging down the flanks and causing problems when cutting inside. Indeed, it is he who seems to have invented the ‘Inverted Wingback’ position. Huge talent and will be key to Bayern next season.
Juan Bernat – 6
There is no doubt in the Spaniards talent but often he did perform to the standards expected by management and fans. Scored a calamitous own goal against German rivals Borussia Dortmund, and never seemed to recover after that and did not feature much. Expect him to bounce back and challenge Alaba closer next season.
Phillip Lahm – 6
An injury hit season for the Bayern and Germany legend and at one point, looked to be on his way out of the club this close season after a contract dispute. Has since signed a new one year deal and still seen as a vital member of the team.
Rafinha – 5
Featured more than many expected however with Lahm’s injury problems, was given his chance to impress. Largely disappointed when he played, offered a lot going forward however his defensive qualities have been questioned as he often left the defence exposed due to being out of position and Gary even opted to go with Boateng towards the end of season at right back.
Arturo Vidal – 7
Powerful midfielder who often drove Bayern forward and provided 5 assists, more than any other player in the squad. Contributed both defensively and offensively which made him invaluable and established him as the top midfielder at the club.
Thiago – 7
Spanish international who after a shaky start to the season, blossomed into a genuine attacking midfielder who caused opposition defences all sorts of problems. Chipped in with 4 goals and will be hoping to add more to his tally next season.
Renato Sanches – 8
A superb season for the young Portuguese international, so much so that it is rumoured he is favourite to win the European Young Player of the Season. Often outshone his more experienced teammates with his drive and determination contributing 4 goals and 4 assists. Surely, he can only get better from here on in.
Xabi Alonso – 6
Now 35 and with age showing signs of catching up on him, he is still a very influential player both on and off the field. Managed 16 appearances and provided support to the defence, sitting in front of the back line. Many thought his aging legs was one of the reasons for such a poor defensive record.
Franck Ribery – 5
A largely disappointing season for the Frenchman who was in and out of the side and failed to make an impact on games as in seasons gone by. 1 goal to his name was largely disappointing and if he is at Bayern next season, will be looking to improve on that tally.
Joshua Kimmich – 6
Highly talented 22-year-old who had a stop start season, struggling to hold down a regular place. When he did early in the season, he looked assured but struggled like a lot of players in the second half of the season. Has a massive future ahead of him and will be looking for more game time next season.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7
Has hit the ground running after his £20 million transfer from Lyon with 4 goals in 5 appearances. Seen as the preferred strike partner for Lewandowski next season, Alexander already looks at home in Munich.
Edin Dzeko - 5
Struggled to get into the starting 11 since his move from AS Roma however bagged a brace on the final day of the season and will be hoping to hit the ground running next season. Offers a different option to Lacazette should Bayern need it.
Robert Lewandowski – 6
Started the season well for Bayern then was controversially sold to Barcelona. Returned to Munich towards the end of the season and scored in only his second game. A disappointing season overall but has already stated he can’t wait for the new season to start.
Arjen Robben - 6
Surprisingly underused by the manager and may struggle for game time next season. Showed flashes of his ability but most of these came from the bench with little time to get into the game. On his day, he still torments opposition fullbacks.
Thomas Muller – 5
A very disappointing season from the German international and his place in the side is no longer guaranteed after the arrival of both Lacazette and Dzeko. Struggled to influence games and everyone, including himself has stated it was a season largely to forget.
Douglas Costa – 4
Had very few opportunities throughout the season and could be on his way next season. Blistering pace was not put to good effect in the games he did appear in and a lack of end product did not endear him to the manager or fans one suspects.
Kingsley Coman – 6
Has shown flashes of brilliance earlier in the season but mainly from the bench. Struggled to even make the bench after the arrivals of Lacazette and Dzeko as Gary preferred to go for experience in the run in. Undoubted talent who will be looking to make more of an impact next season.
Gary Goodson – 5
13 points from a possible 33 is not what Gary would have hoped and anticipated for when he took charge back in April. The defeat to Benfica was a particular low point as Gary struggled to find his best 11 and formation. The 6 – 0 thrashing of AC Milan is hopefully the turning point otherwise Gary’s position will come under intense scrutiny.
Bayern Munich have returned to pre-season ahead of the new season, hoping to significantly improve on what was a very disappointing European League campaign last time round.
The players have returned to Säbener Strasse ahead of a short break in the Austrian mountains and looked in good spirits as Gary Goodson put his side through their paces.
Everyone returned Säbener Strasse with the exception of Tom Starke who has been released on a free transfer, along with Franck Ribery who has joined Manchester United. Joining up with the squad for the first time was recent signing Alan Dzagoev and he looked at home almost immediately amongst his new teammates.
Gary has stated that he is happy with the squad he has got as he did most of his business towards the end of last season with Dzagoev the only new addition and no further signings are expected. Gary feels he has a better balance to the squad this season, something he and the side struggled with last season. The likes of Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller for example will be looking for a much-improved season after a disappointing campaign last time round.
darlingtondave: If you want a team for season three please do join us now at the new forum at www.motd.forumotion.com Loads of good teams available for managers including Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal etc.
Mar 6, 2018 14:12:52 GMT
Neil: Finances are now mostly updated (I forgot the facilities revenues and expenses until 3/4 the way though uploading the files). The facilities impact on gate receipts is included. Transfers are included under other for the moment.
Mar 3, 2018 12:20:17 GMT
Neil: There was something on and off, I think it was something Mike had to check manually each week and it was not of great importance when I started running games.
Feb 13, 2018 21:42:48 GMT
harry51: Can't find it in the rules anymore. Or am I confusing motd with another esms game?
Feb 13, 2018 19:01:05 GMT
darlingtondave: Did we Harry? Thre is something in back of my mind you may be right but then a lot of things had to fall by wayside to keep site going in the interim when it got left with Neil.
Feb 12, 2018 16:24:01 GMT
harry51: didn't we have a rule of lining up a U21 in our games?
Feb 12, 2018 14:49:59 GMT
Neil: Dave, I accidentally gave one of your players an extra week's injury recovery after the Cup final. A it hasn't changed anything I haven't bothered to try and fix it.
Feb 12, 2018 11:45:09 GMT
Neil: League Cup result is now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Feb 12, 2018 11:43:31 GMT
Neil: FA Cup final is up. I will run the League Cup final when I have both teamsheets.
Feb 10, 2018 12:08:49 GMT
darlingtondave: yes got the PM and so did Harry as he has replied to it.
Feb 8, 2018 9:39:52 GMT
Neil: Threads are up for the two Cup finals. Basically will run the first as soon as I can after the SOT teamsheet is in, the second once that is over and both managers get their sheets in. Good Luck to all the managers involved.
Feb 8, 2018 2:51:15 GMT
Neil: Dave, Harry, I hope you both got a PM I just sent. I forgot to mention in it my internet quality has deteriorated since being forced onto the NBN!
Feb 5, 2018 12:35:41 GMT
Neil: League Cup results are now posted. Two good games, one in particular quite suspenseful.
Feb 4, 2018 12:02:59 GMT
Neil: One sheet in, still need another!
Feb 2, 2018 11:30:31 GMT
Neil: As I don't have any sheets yet I will delay teh cup round 24 hours. Neil
Feb 1, 2018 12:42:27 GMT
darlingtondave: sorry had a family emergency yesterday. will run final league 2 games as soon as I can, likely be tomorrow morning.
Jan 29, 2018 14:08:35 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semi finals: games are now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Jan 26, 2018 11:07:09 GMT
Neil: Apologies all, Cup games delayed 24 hours.
Jan 25, 2018 12:43:52 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semis this coming Thursday (25th). League Cup semis the following Thursday (1st Feb).
Jan 21, 2018 11:18:14 GMT
darlingtondave: Right as not all sheets in will put round 22 back until next Sunday due to the Xmas period which should give all plenty of time to sheet.
Dec 24, 2017 20:01:10 GMT