Post by Mehdi Post by MH
None of those midfielders is particularly old. Pretty sure Martinez is
the oldest at 30. Tolisso missed most of this year due to one serious
injury but has no previous (over 40 appearances each previous year
with Lyon, 40 for Bayern in 2017-18). I would say they have plenty of
depth in quality in MF, with several players likely still to improve
(Tolisso at 24, Goretzka at 24, Sanches at 21).
I'm not sure how you can make a case for saying Sanches hasn't been a
monumental bust. He's a one tournament wonder.
He is only 21, for goodness sake.
Sure, there's potential
Post by Mehdi
for improvement in some of those players but they have a long, long way
to go before they're world beaters. Bayern are miles away from being
serious UCL contenders, Spurs has better players.
I think you might be exaggerating a tad. Bayern have slipped this last
period, but it is a slip for being one of the top 4-5 teams in the world
to one of the top 8-10, and it is one they can address quickly with the
resources they have. I read somewhere they will spend 200 million in
the transfer window. Might well ditch Kovac as well, I shouldn't wonder.
As for Spurs, they have some players better than any Bayern has for
sure, but Bayern came pretty close to seeing off Liverpool, who are
still a bit better than Spurs (in spite of some of the evidence on
display yesterday). Certainly Kane, Eriksen, and Alderweireld would be
significant upgrades to Bayern. Not so sure about LLoris (increasingly
error prone), Vertonghen (slowing down), or the full backs.
I would put the odds of Bayern winning against Spurs right now, in a two
legged match, at about 50 %. Spurs do not have a great record against
strong teams. So far against other top 6 teams in the EPL this year
they have two wins, a draw, and 6 losses. Even at home they have beaten
Chelsea 3-1, and drawn with Arsenal 1-1, and lost to the other three.
One of their two wins was 3-0 away to United when the latter were at
their nadir under Mourinho. That was a long time ago.
Anyway Spurs are still UCL contenders (one can debate how serious). If
they can get by City (not impossible), they could get to the final and
who knows what will happen there.