Examining Jupp Heynckes' tactics as Bayern Munich turn to former treble-winning manager

Sport360 staff 17:59 05/10/2017
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Bayern Munich may have won five straight Bundesliga titles, but even now, it’s the first of those that stand out.

In 2012-13, Bayern Munich became just the fourth club to complete a treble, with the Champions League triumph being that year’s crowning glory.

It was the Bavarian side’s first European title since 2001, ending a long wait for a fifth win that had become the club’s obsession as domestic success became more or less a guarantee, apart from a brief lean spell.

Manager Jupp Heynckes had announced that he would be leaving at the end of that season, with his failure to deliver a European title ruining his standing with the club’s hierarchy.

It’s fair to say he signed off with the perfect riposte, beating Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling final at Wembley Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti – regarded as two of the best managers in football – were unable to replicate Heynckes’ success, and the 72-year-old is now the favourite to take over until the end of the season following Ancelotti’s sacking last week.

It would be a stunning turn of events, and although the personnel has changed since Heynckes’ last spell there’s no doubt he’d look to install his 2012/13 blueprint.

Here’s a look at what made that season’s team so successful.

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