More Of The Same In The Bundesliga


With the first quarter of the latest Bundesliga season now complete, it offers the ideal opportunity in which to take stock of what has happened thus far and although a new campaign has begun, there is very little in the way of change.

That’s because, it is once again Bayern Munich who currently rule the roost in Germany and it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same, as Hans-Dieter Flick’s men are a point clear of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern’s start to the campaign has not been perfect, as they suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat away at Hoffenheim in their second outing of the season and although this result showed they were at least human, they’ve certainly not looked back since.

To the point where they got the better of their Black and Yellow foes in the first “Der Klassiker” of the season and with the game played at its usual breakneck speed, Signal-iduna Park was host to a five-goal thriller.

A thriller that saw Bayern run out eventual 3-2 winners and with that victory in hostile surroundings, the Allianz Arena outfit managed to go three points clear of Lucien Favre’s men, as the November international break then subsequently followed.

While it was that break that may have just knocked the champions off their stride, as with a litany of stars representing their countries as many as three times in the space of 10 days, fatigue was apparent in their surprise 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen.

A result that when it comes to betting and your picks, would certainly have been a coupon buster and although that result would allow Borussia Dortmund the opportunity to close the gap at the top to a solitary point, the defending champions are still favourites to lift the title.

If only for the simple reason, that this is a team that has been there and done it all before and although that creates complacency at times (take Celtic’s dominance in Scotland and their current attempts to win 10 in a row), the pursuit for domestic supremacy is undoubtedly constant.

With Bayern winning the last eight editions of German football’s richest prize, they are not looking for this streak to be broken anytime soon and although other teams in the division are talented, the only team that can really stop them are themselves.

Because if a squad that has tasted so much success in the past, then decides it no longer wants anymore and cannot match the same incredible levels as before, a period of rather quick regression will then follow.

However, when you look at the talent that is competing to wear the colours of Bayern Munich on a weekly basis, it is apparent that this is a group of players who are striving to dominate both home and abroad.

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One should not forget, that a largely unchanged squad was awe inspiring on their way to the Champions League crown last season and with the way they have started in the latest edition of the competition, it is difficult to suggest a club that will prise this piece of silverware from them.

At times, pundits and punters will question whether a team can compete on multiple fronts, as usually progress in one theatre of war usually comes at the detriment to the other and although many have fallen foul of such a theory, this was not the case for Bayern last season.

While with the European Super Cup already in their possession for 2020/21, they’ve had an early taste of success and once these teams get an appetite, it is extremely hard to stop them from not going hungry.

Which means, for as much bluster as the likes of Borussia Dortmund or Bayer Leverkusen will offer over the course of this campaign, it will most likely all be for nothing, as the status quo of German football remains.

There’s a lot of football still to play, but all that does is offer Bayern the opportunity to extend their advantage at the top in double quick time and by doing so, a ninth successive Bundesliga crown seems to be not all that far away.