Bayern Munich will attempt to create further history next season by winning the Bundesliga for an unprecedented fifth time on the spin. The Bavaria-based outfit have dominated the league for the past four campaigns since ending Borussia Dortmund’s revival under Jurgen Klopp.
Jupp Heynckes delivered the title and the Champions League crown in the 2012-13 season before Pep Guardiola ensured that Bayern dominated the division during his three-year tenure. Following the Spaniard’s departure to Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti has arrived to replace him and is under pressure to keep the run of championships going at the Allianz Arena.
As a result of their recent dominance and their summer transfer activity, Bayern are backed strongly in the Bundesliga betting odds to reclaim their crown at 1/8.
The club have already made strides to strengthen their squad with the additions of Mats Hummels and wonderkid Renato Sanches.The deal for Hummels is perhaps more poignant than that of the 18-year- old given that the signing of the defender not only bolsters their backline, but also weakens their rivals Borussia Dortmund.
It’s the third time that Bayern have raided their adversaries for a star player following the transfer of Mario Gotze in 2013 and Robert Lewandowski one year later, with the Poland international making a huge difference in the battle between the illustrious teams. Lewandowski netted a brace for Guardiola’s men in their 5-1 win over Dortmund, which would sum up the 2015-16 campaign as Bayern beat out their rivals to the crown by 10 points.
In addition to losing Hummels, Thomas Tuchel’s men have been stripped of their star midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Manchester City and Manchester United, leaving a huge void in the middle of the park. Mkhitaryan will be the biggest blow for Dortmund as he contributed 11 goals along with 15 assists with his dazzling play in the heart of the midfield. His departure will place more pressure on Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to become even more influential in Tuchel’s side.
Although they have signed promising players such as Ousmane Dembele, Emre Mor and Mikel Merino it will take some time for the trio to rise and replicate the impact Mkhitaryan and Gundogan had on the Bundesliga.
With their biggest rivals weakened, Bayern look well set to be a force again with Hummels aiding a backline that only conceded 17 goals in 34 matches last term, while Renato Sanches displayed his immense talent at Euro 2016. The Portuguese will bolster a midfield containing Thiago, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben , Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Gotze, giving Ancelotti an embarrassment of riches to work with in his first campaign.
Bayern will continue to be a destructive force in the final third due to the presence of Thomas Muller and Lewandowski, who will both be keen to prove their worth once again after underwhelming tournaments for their respective countries at the Euros.
It’s hard to see any side from the Bundesliga being able to stop the Bavaria-based outfit from claiming their fifth crown on the spin and ending their stranglehold of the division over the course of the next decade.