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Jose Mourinho to Bayern rumours – Is the Special One the right man for the job?

Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich has posed questions for Thomas Tuchel’s future at Bayern. And to replace him, Jose Mourinho has been linked as a possible option with the Special One available after his dismissal as the manager of Roma. 

The Bavarians are currently second in the table, five points behind Xabi Alonso’s undefeated side. Although their season hasn’t been all that bad by the points, the nature of their performance has posed cause for concern, especially due to the lack of cohesion seen in the team recently. Tuchel hasn’t quite been able to win over the fans or convince the players, and a possible departure has now been rumoured. 

Will Jose Mourinho really improve Bayern Munich? 

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In terms of tactics, Mourinho’s teams typically set up in a structured formation, often utilising a solid defensive block with compact lines to deny space to the opposition. He emphasises defensive resilience, with players expected to track back and contribute defensively as a unit. Counter-attacking plays a significant role in Mourinho’s strategy, with quick transitions from defence to attack orchestrated to catch opponents off guard.

Offensively, Mourinho’s teams are efficient rather than expansive. While he values possession, particularly in matches against weaker opposition, he is not averse to ceding control of the ball to the opposition in order to maintain defensive stability and exploit opportunities on the break. Mourinho places a premium on players who are tactically disciplined, versatile, and willing to adhere to his game plan. 

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Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v VfL Bochum – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – September 23, 2023 Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel celebrates with Thomas Mueller and Leroy Sane after the match REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

One of Mourinho’s defining traits is his ability to instil a strong sense of unity and camaraderie within his squads. He cultivates a siege mentality, fostering a “us against the world” mentality among his players and staff. This often creates a tight-knit group that is fiercely loyal to Mourinho and willing to go to great lengths to achieve success.

However, Jose Mourinho’s managerial style is not without its controversies. He is known for his confrontational approach with players, officials, and the media alike. Mourinho is not one to shy away from the spotlight, often using mind games and psychological warfare to gain a competitive edge. While this has yielded success on numerous occasions, it has also led to strained relationships and public fallout at times.

Jose Mourinho could solve the club’s need for strong leadership and drive on the pitch. But, Bayern fans demand to see a very specific brand of attacking football. And after being known for his defensive tactics, the Special One might not be the best fit for the role, especially in terms of tactics. 

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  1. How many Bundesliga titles have Bayern won in a row?

    11

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