I feel that it is always vital that when a new manager joins a club that he makes an immediate positive impression on everyone associated with the club. Of course this can be achieved by winning your first few games but in my opinion it is essential that fans see a positive change in the team’s approach to matches and that excitement about the upcoming season is created around the club. I feel that as a result of my first four matches as FC Bayern München manager I have definitely created a sense of excitement around the Allianz-Arena about what could be potentially achieved come the end of the season.
The match against Gladbach was a strange one but one with a positive result. At half time it was 1-1 with Gladbach having scored first; I just couldn’t believe my eyes of what happened next. We went 4-1 up with Jack Grealish earning himself a goal on his debut in front of the home fans. Gladbach then pulled it back to 4-2, before we scored another to make it 5-2 before they scored again with two minutes remaining. It was a very open game with a lot of chances created by ourselves and we retained the ball very well. I must admit that heading into the second game against Werder Bremen, I was hoping that our goal wouldn’t be tested as many times and we wouldn’t concede many. I did get the impression from the Gladbach game that we could end up being a team that could outscore any opponent but would be liable to conceding one or two ourselves, which would damage our goal difference.
The next three games did a lot to settle my nerves about this with us getting plenty of goals in the opposition net and seeming to stop the leak which had been evident against Gladbach. Jack Grealish has not taken long to settle in with him getting another goal against Werder Bremen and then scoring the winner against Stuttgart who was a much more difficult opponent. You can already see an improvement, if that’s possible, in Jack’s performances. He has shown no fear in his approach to the games so far, which he has all started, and has created chances as well as score them. He does really deserve player of the month, but I wanted to share with you just how good Dominic Adjei is. He has the potential to become a legendary striker if he receives the correct guidance and is given a lot of playing time at the highest level. This does mean that Christos Mantalos, recently signed for £10 million from my old club Newcastle United, will have to spend a lot of time on the bench. However, I feel this is justified as in my opinion, Adjei has the brighter future and there is a lot more potential to be unlocked, whereas Mantalos provides great quality backup.
Player of the Month – Dominic Adeji