Bayern's shrewd shake-up will safeguard place among Europe's elite
Early autumn was disastrous for Bayern Munich. Manuel Neuer's outings were error-strewn, gifted players like Thiago Alcantara seemed distant, and defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng looked as forlorn and flimsy as a truck's winter-beaten mud flap.Niko Kovac was overseeing the gradual wither and fall