Question: Do you like the new system or would you rather have Ol' Jupp back?
The million dollar question...
Last season with Jupp was just about perfect. Matches were entertaining, you could usually expect a bunch of goals (my favorite pastime was the ol' Shaquiri sub in the 78th minute and him getting a garbage-time 4 minutes later), and I felt like the players were tremendously loose...really fun squad to watch. They'd try to aggressively drive past defenders instead of trying to pass around them...probably netting more goals, but with the danger of losing possession.
With Pep, I feel like they're still having fun out there, but there's more of a disciplined feel. Evidenced by Kroos' sky-high passing percentage, this year's team seems to just suck the life out the opponent by diminishing any chance to seize possession...they're gonna be patient (maybe too patient), play keep away and maybe get 5 or 6 higher-percentage chances on goal per match, and rarely allow a team to counter without the defenders being prepared.
There was a small window of time to get Pep...listening to the stories about Uli and Pep, it seems like a one-time chance to get one of the best managers in the world.
Would I have preferred Jupp to coach a few more years before bringing in Guardiola? Absolutely, but that option wasn't on the table.
I think it was the right decision, but it wasn't an easy decision, and it was a shame Heynckes didn't get to leave on his own terms. But winning long-term, even winning with less excitement, is always what matters.