Bayern Munich: Two players feature in CL squad of the season

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich didn’t go beyond the quarter-finals in the Champions League this season. They were knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals in the quarter-final. It was a disappointing end to the European campaign for the German Champions, but they had a couple of players included in the Champions League squad of the season.

David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski were the two Bayern players that featured in this squad released by UEFA on Monday. The entire squad was dominated by Chelsea and Manchester City since the two English clubs reached the final.

Alaba was ever-present in the central defense for Die Roten throughout the Champions League campaign. The Austrian defender played nine games. He was consistent throughout the campaign and also claimed an assist.

The Austrian defender has left Bavaria after a strong Champions League campaign. Alaba has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to join on a free transfer. Die Roten decided against offering him a new deal since it could have shattered the wage bill at the club.

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Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski didn’t reach the heights of last season, where he scored 15 goals in ten games. The Polish striker played six Champions League games and scored five goals, averaging a goal in almost every 100 minutes.

Die Roten was unfortunate to be without Lewandowski for the quarterfinal clash against PSG. The Poland international suffered an injury during the international break at the end of March. Considering the number of chances Rekordmeister floundered in the first leg against PSG, Lewandowski would have surely made a huge difference.

The Polish striker had an exceptional Bundesliga campaign with Bayern. He managed to break the long-standing record of Gerd Muller regarding scoring most Bundesliga goals in a season. In the final minute of the final league game of the season, Lewandowski made history by scoring the 41st league goal of the season. He ended the campaign with 48 goals and seven assists across all competitions.

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Rekordmeister was aiming to become the second club in this century to win two consecutive Champions League titles. However, it didn’t happen due to the finest of margins against PSG. The current squad has retained the majority of players from the sextuple winning squad, so there is a good chance that Die Roten once again lifts the title. Alaba will not be part of the next win, but Lewandowski can surely play a big role in the next couple of seasons.