Bayern Munich were extremely successful last season under the management of Jupp Heynckes using the formation of 4-2-3-1. This helped them make the most out of players like Frank Ribery, Thomas Müller, and Arjen Robben playing just behind the striker.
The arrival of former Barcelona manager Guardiola was expected to change things at the Allianz Arena. However, there was also a suggestion that Guardiola may not tinker too much with the system that has a reaped huge dividends in the last three years.
However, pre-season has been different because Guardiola has been employing a 4-1-4-1 formation. This has strangely drawn the criticism of winger Ribery, who has said that it is extremely strange to see Bayern Munich employing the system. However, he is confident that Guardiola will be able to make it work. The French winger has said that it will certainly not happen overnight because the players need to adapt to this new system. Guardiola recently said that he is very much interested in bringing Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who he sees as a vital component in the new system.
He has openly admitted that Bayern Munich will try to sign Alcantara, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United as well. Bayern Munich have already brought into players for huge money this summer.
“The 4-1-4-1 system is weird. It’s new, it’s completely different. We need to train, talk and learn to perfect it. It’s normal that the coach wants to try things,” said the French winger to the German tabloid Bild. After being linked with several clubs over the last few years, it looks like a very will stay at the Allianz Arena in the near future. He has become one of the best wingers in the world after his £ 25 million move to Munich several years ago.