The Bundesliga starts with Bayern as the only favorite

2018 Aug 24

Bayern and Hoffenheim open this afternoon a Bundesliga that has set as a goal to regain the credit lost by German football in recent months. After the bust of the Mannschaft in Russia, the poor performances of their clubs (except for Bayern) in Europe and the lack of emotion in the top competition, in the country of the former world champion fear losing ground with respect to major European leagues . The solution is not very complex and it is to return the suspense, which ended in May with the sixth consecutive win of Bayern. It's time to face the people of Munich. And the rivals walk with much desire.So many, that the own Julian Nagelsmann, felt by the Madrid after the departure of Zidane, dared to speak of the title. "We want to try to be champions," said the Hoffenheim coach. Among them, Tedesco's Schalke and Favre's renewed Dortmund (with the former Madridista Achraf in their ranks) will try to snatch the salad from the Bavarians, who see with good eyes the impetus of the rivals. "I like that there are coaches who do not proclaim us champions ahead of time," said Kimmich, Bayern's side. "These things make the competition much more interesting. I'm happy for every club that squeezes us up there. We are interested in an exciting league. Of course, it is clear that we want to revalidate the title, so we do not have to be held back too much, "he said.Bayern, meanwhile, chose not to reinforce too much. Except for the addition of Schalke Leon Goretzka's pearl and the return of Renato Sanches and Serge Gnabry, both on loan last season, the Bavarian team faces the season with the same players as the previous one. The most outstanding signing may be that of Niko Kovac, successor of Jupp Heynckes on the Allianz bench and artifice of the great Eintracht de Franfurt that snatched the Pokal from Bayern in May. The Croatian coach, who knows the house after his time as a player in Munich, is characterized by his tough hand at the time of training, but his biggest challenge is to carry out a generational change in a team that still has very veteran Franck Ribéry (35) and Arjen Robben (34). It will not be easy. Nagelsmann and company know it.nLed by Javi Martinez entering his sixth season at Bayern, ten Spaniards will play in the Bundesliga this year. Bernat and Thiago are key players next to Navarre in the Munich team. Spain has a long tradition in the recent history of the Bundesliga, with Xabi Alonso, Daniel Carvajal and Raúl González, among others, who left their mark after passing through the top German competition.