Bayern’s ascension to the Bundesliga trophy was no more than a formality once again, and though it is a league that boasts record attendances, fervent atmospheres and cracking matches, a one-horse race to the title means those watching the top of the table would have gotten bored very quickly.
This term hinted at a potentially closer run race for the championship—RB Leipzig had impressed in their debut campaign last year and Borussia Dortmund are always worth mentioning—and after a scorching start from the latter under Peter Bosz, football fans honed in on the German top flight.
Chasing a sixth successive title, Bayern called upon a certain Jupp Heynckes to lead them out of their relatively unimpressive start.
Normal service resumed
The fact Bayern Munich could afford to make such a poor start to the season and still clinch silverware with five matches to spare surely means questions have to be asked of the Bundesliga’s competition.
It is a surprise to see Spain, England, France and the Netherlands have such comfortable title winners in Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG, and PSV respectively, however it has unfortunately become a recurring theme in Germany and fans of Bayern now expect nothing but a clean sweep of trophies for it to prove a successful season.
Gone are the days of the passionate Jürgen Klopp challenging overwhelming dominance in Bavaria (he won successive titles with Borussia Dortmund), as since his departure Bayern have only cruised further from the rest.
A fresh, yet unwelcome side in Leipzig have stormed through the divisions and finished runners-up in their debut term, though the commercialized ownership of the club means their impressive maiden Bundesliga season was hardly met with applause in Germany.
They haven’t managed to hit the heights this campaign, though, and are fighting to clinch a spot in the Champions League.
Their failure to kick on from a marvelous first season, coupled with Dortmund’s collapse, left Bayern with no real competitor as they drifted to their sixth consecutive championship at a mere canter.
Schalke’s recent burst has secured them a place in the Champions League; however it came too late to trouble a Bayern side already with a hand firmly on the trophy.
And, in their penultimate win before another early title triumph, Bayern perhaps epitomized the gulf between themselves and the rest of the division with a crushing 6-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
It was a result that, given the Bavarians’ magnificent form, did not come as much of a surprise. The lack of shock in such a comprehensive victory shows the decay in Bayern’s competition.
Such a drubbing in Germany’s version of El Clasico isn’t something that the neutral would spur on, and the likes of Dortmund, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig will hope to provide more of a test for Bayern next term.
It has certainly been a superlative response from Bayern to Dortmund’s back-to-back titles in 2010/11-12.
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