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Bundesliga Bayern's to lose

  • Published at 03:31 pm August 23rd, 2016
Bundesliga Bayern's to lose
All the major European premier football leagues have already started but the fans in Germany are still missing the heat and waiting for the Bundesliga season which is going to start next week. Bayern Munich, one of the most successful clubs in history, are always at the centre of the hype of the Bundesliga and it is no different this season. Bayern romped to a record fourth successive league title under Spaniard Pep Guardiola last season, moving 10 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund. The feat easily describes the domination of the Bavarian giants but the departure of Guardiola makes the predictable situation interesting this time around. Football fans are waiting to see how the stable Bayern side can cope during their transition period. Current coach Carlo Ancelotti is a high-profile tactician but regression is almost certain. He’s already showed indication with how they played the Super Cup that the team won’t play as possession-heavy of an approach as the previous years. The former Real Madrid boss is adding in a bit of variance for the rest of the league to play with. Also, Bayern, who won their last Champions League trophy four years ago, will expect the title this time from the European specialist. The Italian is the only coach to have won the Champions League three times and reached the final four times. The question the Allianz Arena fans will want answered in 2016/17 is whether their European drought will come to an end. A league winner at the helm of AC Milan (Italy), Chelsea (England), Paris Saint-Germain (France) and Real Madrid (Spain), Ancelotti will begin the season as favourite to add a fifth country's league title to his collection. Bayern's squad has been boosted with the arrival of former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, who has evolved into one of the best centre-backs since initially leaving the club in 2008. The Italian manager also signed Renato Sanches from Benfica having become the youngest ever winner of the recently concluded Euro competition with Portugal. One of the Europe’s best strikers, Robert Lewandowski was at his clinical best last season, plundering 30 Bundesliga goals to take the top-scorer award, five clear of his next competitor - Dortmund's Gabonian striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Guardiola had always doubted the natural number nines but Ancelotti is quite comfortable building his teams around them. The Italian did the same with Karim Benzema at Real or Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG and without the same pressure on his first-team place, it is expected to see the Poland captain at the top of the goalscoring charts once again. Such is the dominance of the Bavarian giants in recent times that anything other than a Bayern title win will be considered a huge shock but the likes of Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, among others, will hopefully beg to differ come the end of the season.
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