Ribery welcomes challenge

Frank Ribery has insisted he isn’t concerned about the increased competition at Bayern Munich following Pep Guardiola’s arrival, claiming his sole focus was on helping the team achieve their targets. Ribery played a key part in Bayern’s sensational double-winning year last season, helping the club claim the Bundesliga title and the UEFA Champions League under Jupp Heynckes before his departure.

The change of manager has also brought with it some new faces, most notably Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze, who will both be battling with Ribery to begin the season in the Bayern midfield. With so many options in midfield, Bayern may be forced to move on some of their current midfielders. But it would be extremely unlikely that Ribery would be one of those.

While some players may have been concerned about the increased competition for places, Ribery has made it clear to sports betting pundits he is relishing the challenge but ready to do whatever he could to ensure the club kept the team-spirit that was so important to last season’s successes.

“The competition for roles in the first-team has been further increased,” the Frenchman midfielder insisted.

“But those who end up on the substitute bench need to remain positive. We enjoyed a great team spirit last season and we just need the same for the season ahead.”

The 30-year-old winger has made more than 200 appearances for the German club since signing from Marseille in 2007, establishing himself as one of Europe’s most dynamic and consistent players, both for his club side and for his national team.

Encouragingly for Ribery, he is exactly the sort of player that Guardiola likes in his teams, and the latest betting suggests that the French midfielder will most likely be an important part of what the new manager tries to achieve in his first season in charge.

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