Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes talks to his players. Photo: EPA/FILIP SINGER

JOHANNESBURG - I am not surprised that Jupp Heynckes has turned Bayern Munich into the mean machine they currently are, so quickly after returning to the club.

Jupp knows the culture of Bayern and too often in football that can make a huge difference.

You must remember he also has a very close relationship with Uli Hoeness (the president of the club) and often that makes a huge difference when a coach has the support of the big boss.

And because he knows the club so well, when he returned he didn’t have to try and do something new.

Instead, he simply went back to the basics that worked so well in his previous time at the club. He did not have to experiment, as was perhaps the case with Carlo Ancelotti, because he knows the players very well.

Another big advantage for him would have been his knowledge of the opposition, which would have made approaching matches a little easier for him.

He also knows the league itself - the referees, the opposition's grounds and the entire culture of how things work in the Bundesliga.

Of course, there is a new generation of coaches and players that have come through since he left, but that has not really made a huge change to how things are done there.

Will he make Bayern as dominant as they were in his previous tenure?

It certainly looks like it.

Perhaps the big question is whether he, and the other coaches in Germany, can ensure that their clubs do well in the Champions League because it has been a while since they won it.

For me, the big changes that are happening in German football - the emergence of new young coaches and the great emphasis on youth player development - is very good.

You see the fruits of it through how the German national team is playing. But their clubs still look a little behind teams from Spain and England.

Champions League glory keeps escaping them.

And in my view, it is because the German way is too tactical, it takes away from the individual brilliance of the players. Of course, it is important to stay tactical, but that element of street football mentality must still be kept.

There’s too much detail in their play - it’s like they are playing on a chessboard and not on a football pitch. And that is one of the reasons I am a big fan of African football because there is always that element of surprise that you can get from the players.

And perhaps that is what the other coaches in the Bundesliga should introduce to their game if they are to stop Jupp and Bayern to totally dominate them.

Ertugral played his football in Germany and studied coaching there.

The Star

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