Is the next Bayern march through threatening the Bundesliga? Under Neo-Coach Kovac, the Munich star ensemble is heading for its seventh championship title in a row. But there is hope for a little more excitement.
Munich – For six years now, FC Bayern has been holding the Bundesliga in a tight grip. Before the start of the 56th season, the German upper house is now hoping for an end to Munich’s dominance. Even if the record champion with ÖFB team player David Alaba is once again the favourite with fans and most experts in the new season, there are still arguments against another low-tension march through of Bavaria.
That speaks for the Bavarians
IMPULSE GIVER: The new Bayern coach Niko Kovac is burning with ambition. After Carlo Ancelotti and veteran Jupp Heynckes, who are too cozy, the 46-year-old sets fresh stimuli and wants to repay the trust of the Bayern bosses with titles. His advantage: Kovac knows the rules of the famous Bayern cabin from player times and knows how to deal with the sensitivities of the stars. The 5:0 in the Supercup against his old employer Eintracht Frankfurt was a sign that Kovac got his team up and running quickly. “It is worked hard and again on discipline attached great importance , praises president Uli Hoeneß. Kovac is the “right coach”.
WM-WUT: Bavaria’s big DFB national players faction around Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller are eager to prove themselves again after the messed up WM. The league could feel the effects of this. The Russian debacle serves as a motivational injection for the sometimes monotonous everyday life.
TORMASCHINE: He wanted to leave. But now Robert Lewandowski just keeps shooting for the Bayern goals on the assembly line. Three in the Supercup, one in the Cup – the Pole remains at least nationally the guarantor of success for the Munich team. Lewandowski is a model professional and will not let himself be deterred from scoring by the annoyance of shattered changeover dreams.
MIA SAN MIA: The championship title is part of Bavaria’s self-image. The team is enormously experienced, in all positions with outstanding class occupied. Also on weaker days the ripped off residents of Munich in the federal league are hardly to be conquered, particularly since the quality of the competition in Germany elite class left last often to be desired. The permanent burden of three competitions is a matter of habit for Munich. And the infamous Bayern-Dusel helps in case of need.
That speaks against the Bavarians
STILFRAGE: The Bavarian hunters can consider the flaccid 1:0 at the fourth league team Drochtersen/Assel in the trophy as encouragement. The amateurs showed how to rob the Munichers of their fun and strengths with a lot of passion and clever defensive. The defeat in the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt and also the recent World Cup showed that the ball possession football shaped by Pep Guardiola with the record champion no longer necessarily leads to success. Coach Kovac has yet to prove whether he can teach the Bavarians other stylistic devices.
HAMMERSTART: Looking at the match schedule, one can only hope that the Bavarians will not be left behind at the beginning of autumn. The opening match against Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim team, who also won the cup 6-1 in Kaiserslautern with a weak substitute, is a danger of stumbling. This will be followed by a guest appearance at VfB Stuttgart, in May 4:1 winner in Munich. Bayer Leverkusen and runners-up FC Schalke 04 test the Bavarians on match days three and four. These starting weeks could pose problems for the defending champion. Elf Slots will take you on a euphoric journey of amazing games and marvellous offers.
TRANSFERGEIZ: The Bavarians have foregone top shopping. They have only invested ten million euros in the talent of Alphonso Davies. The 17-year-old Canadian will come on January 1, 2019. The New Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry must first assert themselves. The mental monster Arturo Vidal let the Munich players go to Barcelona, in Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy two German national players could say goodbye. It is questionable whether Franck Ribery (35) and Arjen Robben (34) will once again be able to play healthy and at their best. If you want, you can discover a few possible weak points in the Munich team.
JAGDFIEBER: Borussia Dortmund has spent a lot of money on new personnel such as Belgium’s World Cup winner Axel Witsel and Lucien Favre, a coach who is regarded as a tactical chestnut and a better man. The Schalkers have also invested in their squad and tied their successful coach Domenico Tedesco for the long term. RB Leipzig is again driven by Ralf Rangnick. Julian Nagelsmann even talks about the championship title before his last year in Hoffenheim, but names the Leverkusen team as his favourite. Because at some point the series of the Bavarians must end. So why not this year?