The road to dominance is not an easy one, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham know all too well.
League titles arrive sparingly in an ever-competitive Premier League, while European success is even harder to come by, even when you build a team good enough to storm the Premier League, as both the Gunners and the Blues know.
So, what is the secret to sustainable success both domestically and around the continent?
Germany and Bayern legend Philipp Lahm has taken a look, providing teams with a little advice based on what he has seen at former club Bayern. who are coming off the back of a treble-winning season, claiming the Bundesliga title and the Champions League, as well as Germany’s domestic cup.
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In a LinkedIn article, Lahm wrote: “The most important reason can be summarized very briefly: Hansi Flick managed to establish the valid hierarchy in the team with just a few changes. The measure was successful right from the start – and has become more focused with each subsequent game.
“What does it mean to establish hierarchy? The coach has put his faith in a system of tried and tested players.
“Above all, Manuel Neuer in goal. He is preceded by Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, who have been playing for FC Bayern for years, know the game and are full of self-confidence.
“Front and centre is Thomas Müller, at the top Robert Lewandowski, who is in the peak shape of his career and scores goals almost on command.
Philipp Lahm during his playing days
“These proven players have a decisive influence on the game, they shape and lead. They are complemented by enormously ambitious younger players who do everything they can to become the face of the next generation of FC Bayern: Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Their motivation and ambition are unmistakable and promising.
“Add to this the talented outfield players, who with their…