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FC Bayern Munich is looking for: Sofyan Amrabat or Moisés Caicedo

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FC Bayern Munich is looking for: Sofyan Amrabat or Moisés Caicedo

After FC Bayern Munich withdrew from a possible bid for Declan Rice, the search for a new six continues. Two candidates are traded particularly hot. But who is the best fit for Thomas Tuchel’s team?

A year ago, there was no serious discussion about the position in front of the defense at Bayern Munich. At the time, it seemed like Joshua Kimmich could fill the role well with his counter-pressing qualities and intense style of play.

The German international also fitted in perfectly with the aggressive playing style of then head coach Julian Nagelsmann. However, his successor is said to want to see even more classic defensive qualities in the sixth position.

An offensive double eight/double ten consisting of Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller would be sufficiently protected by a space blocker and a strong defensive duel. In addition, most of the Champions League winners of the past decade, for example, had a dominant six – be it Casemiro for Real Madrid, Fabinho for Liverpool or now Rodri for Manchester City.

In this regard, it may not come as a surprise that Declan Rice was the top candidate for the position. But since he is now moving to Arsenal, Bayern will have to look elsewhere.

FC Bayern: Candidate 1 for the sixth position – Sofyan Amrabat

It is no accident that the 26-year-old from Fiorentina is hotly traded, because the Moroccan may not be the best defensive duel statistically, but he makes his presence in central midfield noticeable with a lot of running effort and, at best, drives opposing attacks away from the center of the field. In addition, unlike Kimmich, Amrabat has a beefy body, which he can often skillfully put between the ball and the opponent.

Kimmich and Amrabat are similar in that both place a strong emphasis on the driving element in the role as a six. After winning the ball, the Fiorentina professional would like to initiate the switching attack and also like to gain space himself. With 7.92 “Progressive Passes” he sounds loud FBref.com in the top ten percent of all midfielders in Europe’s top leagues.

However, Amrabat could not be the desired reinforcement that FC Bayern envisions. The advantage with Rice would have been that he focused primarily on room control and felt very little urge to be a game designer. After all, Kimmich also had this offensive urge – and that could mean that he will be used further up in the future.

Sofyan Amrabat: Statistics of the 2022/23 season

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49 3,497 1 16

FC Bayern: Candidate 2 for the sixth position – Moisés Caicedo

The second hot candidate comes from Ecuador and is currently under contract with Brighton & Hove Albion. Similar to Amrabat, Caicedo has not grown tall and is particularly strong defensively on the ground. The 21-year-old certainly benefited from Brighton’s overall stability last season, but he was also a key factor in that. Because in the Premier League, which is fast in itself and still often designed for switching football, Caicedo was able to regularly prevent counter-attacks from opponents or end them directly in many games.

His qualities in tackling, winning the ball and intercepting passes should also come into play in front of the Bayern defense – especially in combination with Matthijs de Ligt and others. In addition, his passing accuracy has increased further in the past season because Caicedo is increasingly avoiding risky passes and is instead looking for short allusions to the creative front men. Especially in a fairly compact Bayern team, he should usually be able to find a Kimmich or Musiala and pass the ball to them. However, if there is a little space for him, Caicedo is also able to push the ball forward and bring momentum to attacks. But that’s not its main focus, nor its greatest strength.

What Bayern are looking for at the moment anyway is a six that fulfills the core competence – almost like a midfield libero – and concentrates on exactly these competences. The six in the Tuchel system should only act to a limited extent in making play and, above all, should help the more creative midfielders to bring the ball forward. That’s why there was initially great interest in Rice – and now also in Caicedo.

It is questionable, however, whether this will be met with approval. Loud sky Caicedo goes to Chelsea, the final negotiations are in full swing.

Moisés Caicedo: statistics of the 2022/23 season

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43 3,665 1 1 12

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