Bayern’s new head coach Julian Nagelsmann, 34, is under pressure to deliver a tenth straight German league title at the end of his first season in charge. Die Roten have dominated the league for almost a decade, winning the Meisterschale 9 seasons in a row. The majority of fans would love to see their reign come to an end and Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are the two sides most likely to challenge them. Bayern easily have the strongest starting eleven in the league but are lacking squad depth. Experienced players David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, and Javi Martínez have all left after their contracts expired. Omar Richards has been signed on a free transfer from Reading, and American Chris Richards returns after a successful loan spell with Hoffenheim but both are nowhere near the level required.
England winger Jadon Sancho may have left to join Manchester United, but Dortmund will be a force to be reckoned with under new head coach Marco Rose. Dutch forward Donyell Malen has been signed from PSV Eindhoven, to play alongside Erling Haaland, Marco Reus and Giovanni Reyna. Haaland claimed a hat-trick last weekend in the German Cup, picking up where he left off after scoring 41 goals in as many games last season. Dortmund have the forward fire-power to challenge Bayern, but they must tighten their defence. Goalkeeper George Kobel, 23, has joined from Stuttgart, determined to keep out fellow Swiss shot-stoppers Roman Buerki and Marwin Hitz. Dortmund host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in their opening league game of the season, then face Bayern four days later for the German Super Cup. I think Borussia Dortmund has what it takes to stop Bayern Munich from winning a tenth league title in a row.
After struggling for goals last season after Timo Werner left for Chelsea, Leipzig have boosted their attack by signing Portugal striker Andre Silva under new head coach Jesse Marsch. longside Silva, who bagged 32 goals in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, Leipzig have also signed centre-forward Brian Brobbey, 19, from Ajax. Leipzig have a chance to throw down an early marker in the league when they host Bayern on 11 September in their bid to win the Bundesliga for the first time however Marsch needs to restructure his defence after losing centre-backs Ibrahima Konate, to Liverpool, and Dayot Upamecano to Bayern.
Wolfsburg are back in the Champions League after a five-year hiatus and have appointed former Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel as head coach. The Dutchman has kept most of the squad which finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season and last won the Bundesliga title in 2009, need to gel quickly after losing five pre-season friendlies.
My Bundesliga Top Four Prediction:
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bayern Munich
- RB Leipzig