Bayern Munich & Jupp Heynckes’ Treble Tactics Explained

Bayern Munich & Jupp Heynckes’ Treble Tactics Explained

In 2012/13, Jupp Heynckes steered Bayern Munich
to an unprecedented treble of the UEFA Champions League, the Bundesliga, and the
DFB-Pokal, becoming the first German side to achieve this. Bayern also broke numerous records during
the season, including recording the most points, 91, the biggest lead over the
second-place team in the league, 25, and winning the Bundesliga with 29 wins in the season
and in only 28 match-days. Bayern played a 4-2-3-1 formation, with a
preferred back four built around the pace and physicality of Dante and Jerome Boateng, a midfield double pivot of Bastien Schweinsteiger
and costly new signing Javi Martinez, and a fluid attacking four. Franck Ribery and Arjen
Robben would arguably have been the first-choice wingers, playing either side of Toni Kroos. However, Robben and Kroos both spent parts
of the season injured, requiring the intelligent, adaptive Thomas Muller to play central or wide. Up front, Mario Mandzukic generally
started, scoring 15 league goals but also contributing hugely in other aspects of his
play. Bayern were a side built on intelligent defending
and utilisation of space. Manuel Neuer,
already redefining the goalkeeping position, allowed Bayern’s central defenders and full-
backs to push high with his sweeper style of keeping. But Bayern actually didn’t try to play an
offside-based defence, as noted by Rene Maric. Instead, Dante and Boateng would man mark,
even if that disjointed the defensive line somewhat, relying on their pace and strength
to beat forwards in a foot-chase and on the superb screening provided by the midfield
to create shielded areas into which the opposition struggled to pass. Indeed, this zonal shielding, or cutting off
passing channels, was something at which Bayern excelled, using their positions on the pitch
in concert with pressing to limit opposition passing options and maximise their chances
to win back the ball; this was an adaptable of Barcelona’s style the previous season, inflected by some of Louis van Gaal’s coaching
philosophy, and worked well. Bayern also developed a counter-press, perhaps
in response to success of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. Heynckes encouraged a counter-press when the
ball was lost, but also instructed his players, especially full-backs
Philipp Lahm and David Alaba, not to revert to marking or the positions they would occupy in a low block, but rather to continue forwards
into a press. This meant not only that Bayern could counter-press
effectively but also that they immediately found themselves with numerical
advantages if they could win back the back.​ This was, in part, facilitated by the superb midfield pairing of Bastien Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez. Martinez, who had played most of the previous
season as a centre-back at Athletic Bilbao, was a skilful tackler who managed
to convert many of his tackles into Bayern possession, rather than ceding the ball again
or giving up a throw-in. He was also adept at
tactical fouling, had the energy to get forwards and support if required, and filled in
intelligently as a third centre-back if both full-backs were engaged further up the pitch. This was a fluid side, positionally and spatially,
evidence of the influence of Marcelo Bielsa’s philosophy that players should be able to
operate wherever they are required to on the pitch. The front four exemplified this, as Mandzukic
showed the abilities in pressing and disrupting the opposition, as well as his
usefulness when drifting out to the left, that has
been a hallmark of his current use at Juventus. While Mandzukic pressed, it was not uncommon
for Ribery to end up in the striker’s role, or Muller, but Bayern could also drop into a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 with Mandzukic up front and the wide players tracking the opposition full-backs, even Arjen Robben. Similarly, in the centre, while Martinez tended
to sit deep but shuffle left or right if required, Schweinsteiger played ahead of him on either
side and also swapped with whoever played in the ten role, usually Muller or Kroos, with the latter dropping into space; this was a reaction to whether the opposition were man-marking the ten. It’s also worth noting, as Jonathan Wilson
has, that Bayern could play a possession-based style in the Bundesliga, with plenty of short,
tidy passing on the front foot, while changing for Champions League fixtures against better
or more tacticaly astute opposition, and using the physicality of Martinez and Mandzukic,
a deeper line, and an aggressive counter-attack. By dictating the use of space on the pitch,
defending intelligently, and pressing or counter- pressing situationally and with great acumen,
Bayern created a fearsome defensive apparatus which also acted as a springboard to attack. With players of great individual
quality, but a collective understanding shaped by Heynckes with shades of Bielsa’s influence,
Bayern swept all before them in 2012/13.

100 thoughts on “Bayern Munich & Jupp Heynckes’ Treble Tactics Explained

  1. Strong reports that Jupp Heynckes is about to return to Bayern Munich for the season. What do you think about this? Could another treble be on the cards?

  2. Finally!! Thank you sir for doing this…..that bayern side was totally invincible… Heycnkes is back again for more

  3. This was definitely a vintage side, IMO better than the Barcelona side that had dominated the previous few seasons. A superb combination of technical ability, pace and power! Toni Kroos was immense in this system and it seems like Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez haven't quite been as good (or properly utilised) since that season. Be interesting to see what Heynckes can do this season.

  4. the problem is robben and riberys time is over but bayern didnt sign any quality players with strong mentality.. there absolutely no fight for positon it basically is clear which player will play if their fit.. alaba plays so underwhelming the last 2 seasons it is really a shame.. he was once considerer the most talente LV on the planet and barca wanted to sign him for over 60mio EURO now he is just a player who doesnt stand out even in bundesliga..
    lewandowski is great YES thats true but honestly he could have scored easily 45goals last bundesliga season if he would make every 2nd 100% chance a goal but he didnt… since there is no player who can give him some pressure he feels still like he is the best player in the team. thiago ribery and robben are always injured anyway…. coman is super fast but his technical skills are thee levels below his speed so its no use against strong opponents which are fast and technial good..
    Benatia, Sanches and costa signed all for over 35Mio were big flops.. when they had the chance to sign players like dybala or griezmann for aroumnd 40 a few years before they were too greedy to buy those untested players….
    instead of buying their first choice they always end up with their 2nd or 3rd choice because of money..
    they always talk about young players but never use them.. before the season after bernat got injured they said they dont need new backup for alaba since they have the young asutrain talent FRIEDL !! so what happens alaba got injured and does FRIEDL play then??? NOOOO they take the 35year old rafinha who never played left and let him play.. good way to destroy talents..
    Dortmund does better they sign the players they really want even if they dont cost 50mio and thos eall fit well to the theam!!

  5. Now when Jupp is back, Bayern need to bring young coach, such as Naglesmann, to be Jupp's assistant. Then, when Jupp retire again, he could continue his work.

  6. Robben was not reguler in 12/13 season. 4 forwards were mandzu, kroos, muller, and ribery in best 11. Robben settled in starting lineups when kroos got injured.

  7. Dante was a great center back, back then. Pretty much all the players peaked in that season. Dortmund rushed them in the final for the first 20-30 minutes though. Could have easily went the other way. The years after that we could see Klopps style take its toll, when nearly all his team had long term injuries. BVB made its success mainly by willpower, bayern by a very low quote of mistakes. Even though tactics have developed since that year, both sides still would be hard to match. btw. look out for dortmunds offensive play, if the team stays together for 2-3 years, they'll change the game again with their flexibility. (dribblings, quick passing and positioning). Real allready struggled with their more like 2013 style of game aigainst them. When applied perfectly, creative players like Pulisic, Philipp, dahoud and also castro and Guerreiro are nearly unstoppable. Imagine 17/18 team with a 10 like Mickythrian… if Götze finds back to his roots they also could make the treble this year. (probably will happend to late to make it against Spurs and Real though)

  8. It was the most dominant treble ever: they won 29 out of 34 matches in the Bundesliga (loosing just 1), 6 out of 6 cup matches and 6 out of 7 K.O. matches in the CL including Barca and Juve, they won their domestic Super Cup against Dortmund, incredible season!!!

  9. So underrated as a manager, Bayern will dominate again & he will show up Pep again if they meet in the Champions League.. Just watch!

  10. could you do breakdowns of specific matches. I'd like to see and understand how tactics may have also failed against certain teams or styles to get a more practical picture instead of just the ideal. I know these exist, but until you most "breakdowns" I've seen are opinionated fan chatter instead of legitimate analysis.

  11. Best football I have seen Bayern play was under Jupp, I haven't seen them play yet since he came in, but it's probably still to early.
    But I loved watching Bayern under him, some of the best football I have ever watched!

  12. Bayern is in big trouble, Robben and Ribery were two players that turned bayern into a worldclass team. They' re getting old now and bayern have noone to replace them who even comes close to their level skill

  13. 1213 season's first choice right winger was Muller, not Robben. Robben got to play regularly after Kroos' injury. He was nothing more than a back-up before it.

  14. hahaahhah Who did this doesn't know anything about Bayern. The team begin season with robben in the bench bc he was injured and kroos take a place in the team bc of that, Muller was always part of the 11. But then Kroos get injured with Robben coming back to health and take his place again in the team.

  15. Bayern Munich under Jupp Heynckes TACTIC. Part 1 Positioning of FullBack and Winger
    If you are interested how Jupp keep developing Bayern in 2017

  16. Besiktas Coach Senol Gunes uses almost same tactic. I'm really very curious about to watch their battle on the field, i think their matches will be very exciting may be the most entertaining ones at knockout phase.

  17. Honestly Mourinho's 2011-12 Real Madrid should've beat them in the CL that year they just didn't have the luck. But probably best two leged tie I've ever seen.

  18. This team is what got me into international football! No wonder Germany took the Cup the next year, Bayern was stacked with national talent.

  19. this video suddenly appear again on the recommended video…
    Bayern seems to be struggling a bit this season, is it because of the new manager? or is it the players?
    I know that Bayern aren't the same anymore after Bastian and Kroos left followed by Lahm's retirement, also Robben and Ribery declining due to age… but there's just something not right with Bayern this season.

  20. The best side I've ever seen play the game. Forget Barca, this Bayern team was physically and tactically absolutely superior. They killed tiki taka.

  21. I would have to say that this was the best team I ever saw play! Aggressive perfect timing high pressure! Wow I don't think we will ever see it again.

  22. Not to mention most of the players in that phenomenal team were at their peak age, combining both ability and experience

  23. Heynckes is underrated. Not only he won treble at Bayern but their best Champions League campaign since 2013 come when he replaced Ancelotti mid season, Real Madrid luckily went though while Pep was swallowing 5-0 and 4-0 in the semis

  24. Anybody who prefers Guardiola's Bayern to that one ought to have their head checked. The team of Heynckes was a joy to watch and could face any opponent: English, Italian, Spanish… Guardiola's Bayern withered at the first sight of a Spanish opponent.

  25. Bielsa? You guys might want to look into a little thing called 'total football' after you've stopped rubbing your legs over Bielsa.

  26. Bayern was the best in this decade under Heynckes. Should have stayed after treble and would have repeated CL success. Instead board went with overhyped Guardiola whose tenure was not impressive under Bayern. His possesive obsessive style didn't fit Bayern at all. Purely positional Bayern was toothless. Shame.

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