Bayern The Benchmark Tottenham Must Aspire To Replicate - Champions League Build-up



Soccer - UEFA Champions League Final 2013 - Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

Franck RIBERY celebrates with the Champions League trophy after victory in 2013's final against ... [+] fellow German side, Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by sampics/Sampics/Corbis via Getty Images)Corbis via Getty Images

“A new name on the trophy, Chelsea are kings of Europe in Bayern's backyard” – a phrase that to this day still haunts the red half of Munich.

It may be over seven years ago, but those immortal words uttered as Didier Drogba's penalty hit the back of the net are still etched into all corners of the Allianz Arena today.

In his final game for Chelsea, with his last kick of a ball in blue, Drogba's shot nestled into the back of the Munich goal - denying Bayern a Champions League trophy in their own stadium. May 19, 2012 a day that will never truly be forgotten by either club.

In his final game for Chelsea, with his last kick of a ball in blue, Drogba's shot nestled into the back of the Munich goal - denying Bayern a Champions League trophy in their own stadium. May 19, 2012 a day that will never truly be forgotten by either club.

It was the German side's second final since the turn of the century, and it marked their second straight loss at the pinnacle of European club football.

That final loss on home turf brought a dismal ending to what was a season to forget. Domestically, Borussia Dortmund had beaten their Munich rivals to both the Bundesliga's Meisterschale and the DFB-Pokal.

Watching Jürgen Klopp's side take the double, with some ease, was bad enough – but the smash and grab witnessed on that spring night by Chelsea poured salt into an already open wound.Borussia Dortmund feiert das Double 2012

Borussia Dortmund celebrates their 2011/12 double. Sporting Dircetor Michael Zorc, Coach Jürgen ... [+] Klopp and CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke pose with the Pokal and Meisterschale. (Photo by Team 2 Sportphoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)ullstein bild via Getty Images

It was a turning point in Bayern's history. For the start of the following season the Bavarians added the services of Javi Martínez, Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri at a cost of $91 million. Jupp Heynckes' side went on to win the treble – the Meisterschale and Pokal were swiftly followed by Champions League glory at Wembley, against Dortmund.

In the space of 12 months, heartbreak had tuned into ecstasy. It was the beginning of a national dominance for the club nicknamed the Rekordmeister – the record champions of Germany.

No other club has won the Bundesliga crown since, seven straight league titles have been pocketed along with four more Pokal championships.

Bayern eclipsed all those put before them at home, and victory in London against their closest challengers started a transfer policy that saw the Bavarians handpick anyone that looked to be a threat to their emerging dominance.

Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels all swapped the yellow and black of Borussia for the red of Bayern, with Polish striker Lewandowski going on to become one of the best ever seen in Germany.

Tuesday night sees Bayern travel to England, to face Tottenham Hotspur – the losing finalists from last season's Champions League. In a quirk of fate, Klopp was once again the protagonist.UEFA Champions League final: Tottenham vs Liverpool

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Tottenham players receive their runner-up medals on the podium at the end ... [+] of the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, 01 June 2019. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Getty Images

Klopp's Liverpool overcame their own demons to deny Spurs a first Champions League trophy in Madrid. As Mauricio Pochettino welcomes Bayern to the lavish Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tuesday night, the Argentine will be fully aware of the way in which his opponents turned dismay into delirium the season after defeat.

Whilst it would be almost impossible for the London club to truly follow in the footsteps of 2013 Bayern, there is a model laid out for them to study.

In their new home, Tottenham have a world class stadium, something many clubs can only dream of. Opened towards the end of the 2018/19 season, it was built at a cost of $1 billion and provides a home to the football club - as well as the future for NFL games in London.

Tottenham began their post-Champions League loss with a rebuild of sorts. In came French midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé from Olympique Lyon - the 22-year-old was joined by teenage protégé, Ryan Sessegnon, the two players cost the London club $96 million.

But where Bayern excelled the year after Champions League defeat, Tottenham have so far stuttered.

Matchday one epitomized the problems Pochettino has faced this season, a two goal lead away at Olympiacos finished with a second-half implosion, allowing the Greek side to take a share of the points - this was followed by a similar collapse in the Premier League away at Leicester City, just a few days later.Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (obscured) celebrates after ... [+] scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Getty Images

Discontent in the changing room also seems to be a problem, with midfielder Christian Eriksen at the fore of all questions the Tottenham boss faces. Speaking regarding the Danish player's on/off move away from London in the summer, Pochettino was candid as the transfer deadline loomed back in August.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] or for anyone. It is not what I think the club or player expected it to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem, you try to minimize problems, treat situations. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.” the Tottenham boss said.

Fast forward eight weeks and the lack of harmony in the dressing room reared its head once again – this time as Spurs crashed out of the Carabao Cup, defeated by Colchester who play in the fourth tier of England's football league structure.

Pochettino declared his Tottenham side must rebuild their ‘togetherness’ while alluding to ‘different agendas’ in his squad from certain players.

Tuesday's fixture marks a line in the sand for both clubs. Bayern are in an ascendancy – thanks in part to new arrival Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona but displaying the type of form he once did at Liverpool.

The aim of the Bavarians is to again grace the final stage - something that has been within touching distance over the past few seasons, but ultimately failed to materialize.

For Tottenham, the visit of the German champions provides a mirror into the future, one that currently shows a different reflection than the club dressed in white.

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