Bayern Munich Has One Hand Already On The Bundesliga
Bayern Munich, the current undisputed juggernaut of European football, is slowly but surely cruising towards another Bundesliga title to add to Pep Guardiola‘s trophy count at the club. The Spanish coach has already won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup since he took over this season and he does not show any signs of wanting to stop there. He seems to have started where he left off at his old club Barcelona, as Bayern has been quite clinical in seeing off matches under him, discounting the slight hiccup against Manchester City in the Champions League, and is playing at a standard that has left the rest of the clubs in their League far behind. The seven-point advantage that they enjoy over second placed Bayer Leverkusen is the best among the Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1 and La Liga, the other big leagues in the continent.
Borussia Dortmund, Bayern’s closest rival in the league in terms of talent, has been very indifferent this season. Injuries to first choice players are pegging the club back in routine encounters and Jurgen Klopp is struggling to keep his team together for the long season ahead. The club already trail Bayern by 12 points in the League table and has played a game more than the Bavarian outfit. Another couple of losses and their chances of catching Bayern will be all but over. The loss of Mario Goetze to their rivals came back to haunt them as Bayern beat them handily in their League encounter earlier in the season. Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen simply does not possess the consistency needed to challenge Bayern at the top, week after week, and even a brilliant performance in the second half of the League might not be enough to bridge the gap.
Bayern’s strength in personnel means that even the loss of a player of Arjen Robben has had little impact on the club’s performances. Franck Ribery, one of the three finalists for the Ballon d’Or this time around, is undoubtedly in the form of this life and is enjoying playing for his new coach. With the ominous form they are in, Bayern could well be on its way to eclipse Barcelona’s success under Guardiola when the Spanish club won a humongous 14 trophies in four years. Arsene Wenger could not have been more right when he called the German club the super-favourites for this season’s Champions League. One cannot fathom the success they might achieve if they succeed in luring Robert Lewandowski to play for them next season!