Bundesliga kicks off this weekend already, with Bayern München waiting for a club that can challenge them on this upcoming season. Borussia Dortmund left some good indications on the Super Cup, but will they have the needed consistency to win the Bundesliga?
Borussia Dortmund: Lucien Favre looks to pick up where he left off last season
The positive impact that Lucien Favre had when he arrived at Borussia Dortmund was almost enough to ensure the German title last season. However, the drop in terms of performance of the team during the 2nd half of the season ended up proving to be fatal against a Bayern München on the opposite direction, which means, clearly growing throughout the season.
Now, Favre is looking to stabilize the style of his team even more, with the intent of being consistent throughout the 34 rounds of the league.
For that, the club recruited Mats Hummels from Bayern on a very welcomed return that can bring more solidity to the defensive sector.
Nico Schulz, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard were the other big-name signings that led the club to invest around 100 million Euros on this transfer window, with the signing in full time of their goal scorer from last season Paco Alcácer.
This way, it is clear that Borussia Dortmund reinforced themselves in all sectors of the pitch with the intention of being more competitive both domestically and externally, having a roster that offers them more guarantees.
Good signs from the Super Cup
It is certain that we are at an early stage of the season and that the fact they’ve played the Super Cup encounter at home – Signal Iduna Park – has contributed towards the team’s success. However, you don’t just randomly beat Bayern München by 2-0.
Dortmund has shown on that encounter an interesting defensive cohesion that was then capitalized by the offensive quality of players like Jordan Sancho, Paco Alcácer or Raphael Guerreiro.
With the new attacking options that arrived on this transfer window adding to others like Mario Gotze or Marco Reus, Dortmund might perfectly be an emerging force of European football this season. However, they will have the challenge of maintaining their performance levels throughout the entire campaign.
Kovac’s Bayern banking on stability
If Dortmund clearly reinforced their roster for this season, Bayern München was a bit more moderate so far, with Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard being the only big-name entrances on the roster.
However, both of them were already certain on the club since last January.
More recently, the club ensured the services of the talented Croatian player Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan through a loan.
After the departures of the veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery it was important to add a winger to the roster, and Perisic should be
the perfect fit.
— Football Transfers (@Transferzone10) August 13, 2019
The Croatian player was already managed by Niko Kovac on the Croatian side and he has also played previously in the Bundesliga, which means he won’t have to adapt to a new manager or a new competitive reality, since he is already aware of it.
Bayern’s loss against Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup might have served as an alert to the Bavarians for the kind of difficulties that might be coming up, which means it is up to Bayern to give a confident replay and showcase their strength.
The club is clearly favoured to win the Bundesliga title, with odds of 1.25 on Bet365, and a potential failure in the Bundesliga will always have to be credited to the opponents and discredit to Bayern.
RB Leipzig waiting for opportunities
Considering the recent past, it seems like there is only 1 club with conditions to get on the fight for the title alongside Bayern and Borussia. And that club is Red Bull Leipzig led by Julian Nagelsmann.
The team finished twice in the top 3 of the Bundesliga on the last 3 seasons and they are a growing force on the context of German football due to the financial power they have.
For the upcoming season, RB Leipzig focused on stability by maintaining most of the core of the roster from last season.
Amongst the new faces, Nkunku, that comes from PSG, and Lookman that comes from Everton stand out, both of them being 21-year old youngsters with a great potential.
Leipzig has odds of 15.00 on the bookmakers to break Bayern München’s dominance this season and, although it is difficult to imagine them being champions, we also were left with the idea that they can steal precious points from the two favourites which could be important to decide who will be the next German champions.