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Bundesliga Season Preview 2017/2018

Bundesliga Season Preview 2017/2018

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are ready for yet another two-horse race in the German top flight, but Leipzig, who impressed in the 2016/2017 season should not be underestimated. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are seen as hot favourites to win the trophy, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.

Bayern Munich clinched their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season, with the team finishing the campaign 15 points clear of second-placed Leipzig. The mighty Bavarians are the dominant force in the German top flight, but they were more than unfortunate not to go all the way in the Champions League last term. Carlo Ancelotti’s men failed to eliminate star-studded Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the elite competition due to referee’s errors and, no doubt, the Bundesliga champions are eager to make amends for the “unsuccessful European campaign”. Douglas Costa is no longer part of the team, but the likes of James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso joined the Allianz Arena outfit and it is no surprise the reigning champions are regarded as No. 1 favourites to win the domestic trophy. Given the quality of Carlo Ancelotti’s team, I predict that the Bavarians are going to defend their Bundesliga title without any difficulties.

Borussia Dortmund were having their ups and downs under Thomas Tuchel in the 2016/2017 season and it remains to be seen if new coach Peter Bosz is going to help the Millionaires improve their game. The Signal-Iduna-Park outfit produced a fine display in the German Super Cup against their bitterest rivals Bayern Munich, but they were eventually beaten by Carlo Ancelotti’s charges on penalties. The club chiefs did remarkably well to keep hold of key players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus and that is the main reason why I believe Borussia Dortmund will secure a top-two finish this time out. Speaking of the title race, the Millionaires will have to be at their sharpest in every single match in the league if they are to win the national championship, but that is easier said than done.

Against all odds, Leipzig booked their place in the Champions League group stages in the last season finale and playing on three fronts could prove to be a big problem for the Red Bulls. Leipzig remained me of English side Leicester City, who impressed in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and experienced all sorts of problems in the English elite division last term. Despite the fact that coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has a number of high-profile footballers to choose from, I do not believe that the last season’s runners-up are capable of repeating the success.

Bayer Leverkusen are no longer regarded as contenders for the Bundesliga title. The BayArena club finished the 2016/2017 season in 12th position in the standings and it has to be noted that they will be without star players Javier Hernandez and Calhanoglu in the upcoming season. New coach Heiko Herrlich and his men have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy and they would be more than happy with a top-six finish.

The likes of Schalke, Hoffenheim and Borussia M’gladbach are considered favourites to book a place in European competitions as well, but Koln who saw their key attacker Anthony Modeste leave the club in the summer transfer window, are unlikely to finish the season in top six.

Speaking of the relegation battle, the likes of Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hannover and Augsburg should be fighting hard to avoid the drop to the 2. Bundesliga.

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Bundesliga 2016/2017: Bayern lifts the trophy.

Bundesliga 2016/2017: Bayern lifts the trophy.

Nothing new in Germany speaking of the title race. Bayern Munich clinched their fifth consecutive Bundesliga trophy, but, against all odds, the likes of Leipzig and Hoffenheim will represent Germany in the Champions League next season. Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the elite competition as well, whilst Darmstadt and Ingolstadt failed to secure the top flight survival.

Bayern Munich lifted their 27th Bundesliga title, with the team finishing the season 15 points clear of newcomers Leipzig. The mighty Bavarians suffered no more than two defeats in the 2016/2017 season and they totally deserved to win their fifth straight domestic trophy. Robert Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances for Bayern Munich in the league, but he eventually failed to win the Golden Boot. Anyhow, yet another successful season is behind Carlo Ancelotti’s troops, who have established themselves as the dominant force in German football.

Founded in 2009, Leipzig did not spent too much time in lower leagues before securing promotion to the German top flight. The Red Bulls played above expectations in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and, as a result the club owned by the energy drink company booked their place in the Champions League. Leipzig were quite consistent during the season, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording a good result in the elite competition next term. Anyhow, many football experts believe that there is a bright future ahead of the Red Bull Arena outfit.

Thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late goal from the penalty spot Borussia Dortmund defeated Werder Bremen (4-3) on the last day of the season and secured automatic qualification for the Champions League. The Gabon international finished the season as the Bundesliga top scorer (31) and, no doubt, the club chiefs should give their best to keep hold of the pacey attacker in the summer transfer window. Marco Reus was struggling with injuries in the 2016/2017 season and that is probably the main reason why the Millionaires finished the campaign in third place in the standings.

Hoffenheim impressed in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga season as well, with the team securing a top-four finish. Die Kraichgauer will compete in Europe for the first time in the club’s history and it remains to be seen if they are going to make it to the Champions League group stages. Hoffenheim is a village of 3.000 inhabitants, meaning that fans across Germany will support the club in the elite competition. Coach Julian Nagelsmann is doing a great job with the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena outfit and, taking everything into account, they totally deserved to finish the season in top four.

By beating Eintracht Braunschweig in the two-legged tie Wolfsburg secured yet another Bundesliga survival, but, on the other hand, Ingolstadt and Darmstadt were not competitive at this level last term and, as a result, they dropped to the German second tier. Stuttgart secured a quick return to the German elite division and it has to be noted that Hannover will play in the Bundesliga next season as well.

Bayern Munich continue to dominate the Bundesliga, but Leipzig and Hofffenheim, who are relying on youth, could play significant roles in the German football in years to come. Borussia Dortmund failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign, but given the quality of the Thomas Tuchel’s team, many football predictions suggest that they could put end to Bayern Munich’s dominance in the German top flight in the nearest future.