German Championship: Who can embarrass Bayern Munich in the 2023 season?

German Championship: Who can embarrass Bayern Munich in the 2023 season?

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich will begin the campaign to defend its title in the German Football League, Friday, at the grounds of Eintracht Frankfurt, crowned with the European League “European League”, trying to compensate for the departure of its Polish top scorer Robert Lewandowski with solid contracts.

In parallel with the participation of five teams from Germany in the Champions League for the first time ever this season (with Frankfurt, the European champion), Bayern is still a big candidate to win its eleventh title in a row.

While Bayern begins its campaign in the domestic league without Lewandowski, who scored 344 goals in 357 games in all competitions during eight years with the Bavarian giant, the team of coach Julian Nagelsmann managed to open the season with the title of the local Super Cup by defeating Leipzig 5-3 last Saturday, in A match that saw five different players score.

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn considered that the inclusion of Senegalese striker Sadio Mane from Liverpool would be a strength card for the team’s attack, as opponents would not be able to predict what he would do in any match.

“You can see how many opportunities we had to advance, how many different formations we could use, and our ability to surprise opponents,” Kahn explained after Bayern won the Super Cup for the tenth time.

And while Bayern are unlikely to struggle in scoring, their defensive performance will be put to the test.

Bayern included Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, with the aim of strengthening the back line, which was not in its best condition last season.

Perhaps the greatest example came a few days ago, as the Bavarian team received three goals in the second half of its match against Leipzig, which imposes on Nagelsmann additional work in this field.

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As usual in past seasons, Borussia Dortmund will be at the forefront of Bayern’s competitors and the most capable of stripping him of the title.

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Having conceded 52 goals last season, more than any other team in the top half of the standings, Dortmund have reduced their transfer restrictions, including central defenders Nico Schlutterbeek and Niklas Sole from Freiburg and Bayern respectively.

In attack, Karim Adeyemi from the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg will provide a threat on the wings side, which has lost a great effectiveness in Dortmund since the departure of Englishman Gaydon Sancho in 2021, while Turkish defensive midfielder Salih Ozkan was brought in.

However, the biggest doubt for Dortmund will be in attack, as Ivory Coast Sebastian Haller, who came from Ajax to replace Erling Haaland, who moved to Manchester City in the summer, will be absent for an uncertain period due to his testicular cancer diagnosis.

New sporting director Sebastian Kehl pleaded with fans to show “a little realism” in the pursuit of the first title since 2012.

“Bayern earn 285 million euros more in revenue than we do. Roughly speaking, they will invest twice as much as we have in their team this season,” he explained.

Leipzig is looking for stability

For his part, Leipzig enters the season after winning its first major title by beating Freiburg on penalties to win the German Cup last season.

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Leipzig was also able to withstand the current transfer period and preserve its best players, as Frenchman Christopher Nkunku, winner of the German Player of the Year award for 2022, renewed his contract for two years last June.

The Paris Saint-Germain Academy graduate scored 35 goals in 52 games with Leipzig last season. Nkunko said his team “has what it takes to win the league title, but it has to be more consistent”.

“Consistency is the key,” he said. “It’s the only way to beat Bayern with the title.”

Leipzig cemented its title contender credentials by snatching in-form left-back David Raum from Hoffenheim late last month, despite the interest he has received from Bayern and Dortmund.

In addition to Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen managed to retain its best players this season, as French winger Moussa Diaby and midfielder Florian Verts chose to stay in the red and black ranks.

The signing of Czech striker Adam Hlujic from Sparta Prague, who will partner with his compatriot Patrik Schick in the attack line, boosts Leverkusen’s hopes for a successful season, but the pressure on Swiss coach Gerardo Siwane will be great after the German Cup’s exit from the first round of the German Cup at the hands of the third-tier team Elversberg .

Having claimed their first European title in 42 years with a Europa League victory, Frankfurt could also be unexpectedly drawn into the fray, but they will need to reconcile their domestic ambitions with their highly anticipated Champions League appearances.

In addition to retaining Kevin Trapp and Serbian Filip Kostic, two crucial players in last year’s crown, Frankfurt included 2014 World Cup winner Mario Goetze from PSV Eindhoven to bolster their midfield.

The World Cup in Qatar between November and December will mean a longer winter break in the Bundesliga between November 13 and January 20, 2023.

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