The Allianz Arena side dominated the Champions League Final 8 during August. After easing their last-16 second leg game against Chelsea, they recorded resounding victories over Barcelona and Lyon before edging Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final thanks to a Kingsley Coman header.
Real Madrid and Barca’s weak condition made Bayern the best team
Arsene Wenger says that Barcelona and Real Madrid’s “weak” condition has made Bayern Munich the best European team. The Allianz Arena side dominated the Champions League Final 8 during August. After easing their last-16 second leg game against Chelsea, they recorded resounding victories over Barcelona and Lyon before edging Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final thanks to a Kingsley Coman header. The 8-2 win over Barça was a particularly remarkable result, leading to the eventual departure of Quique Setien, who failed to inspire the Catalan side to defend their domestic league title. Real Madrid, meanwhile, was not even in Lisbon, out of the hands of Manchester City in the last-16 phase, adding weight to the FIFA chief on the global football development’s argument.
Arsene Wenger has no plans to return to coaching
“I don’t want to underestimate the performance of the current team. Bayern are currently the best team in Europe. But that is also because there are no other big teams. Barcelona are weak. Real Madrid are weak,” he told journalists, explaining that feels like the side that won the title in 2013 were superior. “Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos. They had top quality in every position. The current team can still develop. Maybe it will reach the top level of 2013, but they are not so good yet.” Another player in the Bundesliga that Wenger does appreciate is BVB striker Erling Haaland, who at 19, has already established himself a reputation for being one of the most dangerous finishers in the game.
The former Gunners coach added: “Haaland scores so many goals because that’s just what he does. It’s no coincidence. And he is a winner. You can see his desire, his deep motivation. It must be interesting for BVB coach Lucien Favre to work with him because a lot can come from him. And I think that Favre can develop him very well.” Meanwhile, Wenger has no plans to return to management. “At the moment, I am concentrating on my job at FIFA. I think this is how I can help football,” he confirmed.