Hitzfeld: No need for Dzeko at Bayern

In light of reports linking Bayern Munich with a move for Edin Dzeko, former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes the Bundesliga giants do not need another striker.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Following a disappointing season that saw them lose out to Borussia Dortmund in the league and the DFB-Pokal, as well as to Chelsea in the final of the UEFA Champions League, many expect plenty of reinforcements at Bayern this summer as they seek to avoid a repeat of the past campaign.

Already, Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro has rejoined the club on a free transfer from Werder Bremen, but reports continue to suggest Dzeko, who isn't guaranteed a first-team place at Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City, could be in line for a move to the Allianz Arena.

Nonetheless, Hitzfeld, who is currently in charge of Switzerland, believes the club do not need any attacking additions, especially considering coach Jupp Heynckes normally fields Mario Gomez as his sole striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

"Dzeko? I think Bayern already have enough strikers with the arrival of Pizarro, and with [Nils] Petersen staying put," he told TZ. "It's not necessary to sign another top striker.

"That is unless the trainer decides to switch to a formation with two forwards. However, Bayern already have Gomez in their current 4-2-3-1 formation, with Pizarro as back-up.

"Another high-profile forward wouldn't even get to play."

Heynckes, whose contract with the club expires in the summer of 2013, has recently been tipped to be replaced by ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who recently left to Catalan outfit to take a one-year sabbatical.

Nonetheless, Hitzfeld believes that if Bayern are able to convince Guardiola to replace Heynckes, it will be an excellent move for the Bavarian outfit.

"If you can sign him [Guardiola] and he'd feel comfortable to train the team in their own language, it would be a good thing."

Guardiola led Barca to three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two UEFA Champions League titles in his four years at the helm, and will be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova for next season.



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