After failing to go deep in the Champions League, Bayern Munich has started the summer transfer window aggressively. The German Champions want a squad that can compete for all trophies next season. There have been three crucial additions to the squad by the end of June, including the arrival of Sadio Mane from Liverpool this week.
Along with Mane, Die Roten has also signed Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui. The right-back and midfield area has been significantly improved by signing these two players. Mane will add more cutting edge in the final third for Rekordmeister.
The addition of three new players could also see a change in the system for Bayern from next season. According to The Athletic, Julian Nagelsmann is planning to use 4-3-3 next season, while his favoured 3-4-3 formation could also be used more prominently.
Nagelsmann stuck with 4-2-3-1 for most games last season. It was the system that was used during most of Hansi Flick’s tenure of 18 months at the club. This setup yielded good results for Die Roten in the last three seasons, but they definitely need to change a bit now to go toe-to-toe with English clubs in Europe. Liverpool and Manchester City have been consistently used 4-3-3 over the last few seasons.
The arrival of Ryan Gravenberch helps Bayern to use a midfield three. Meanwhile, Jamal Musiala can also be used as a number eight after excelling in central midfield for Die Roten last season. The possible arrival of Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig later this window will give Nagelsmann significant depth in all midfield positions to consistently play 4-3-3.
Mazraoui will straightaway slot in the right-back position. The Moroccan defender can also effectively operate as a wing-back, making him a right fit for the 3-4-3 system. Mazraoui provides more quality while going forward compared to other right-backs in the Bayern squad. He will help in making Die Roten a much more balanced side, which will eventually help Nagelsmann to use the above-mentioned systems.
Sadio Mane is also a game-changer as he will provide a lot of flexibility to Nagelsmann. He can operate anywhere across the front four. The Senegalese forward will help Die Roten efficiently break down more deep blocks than they did last season.
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The new arrivals at Bayern until now will definitely aid Nagelsmann’s plans for using two new systems next season. The German coach will be looking to establish Die Roten as a team to reckon with in Europe after enduring a frustrating exit against Villarreal in the quarter-final of the Champions League. The change in the system could definitely help Nagelsmann in achieving this target.