The Bundesliga is Back! Five Reasons To Be Excited
Top Four Title Tussle
Ok, Bayern Munich may currently sit top (again) and on course for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga crown, but their four-point lead isn’t exactly insurmountable. Only six points separate the top four and the chasing pack of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Monchengladbach still harbour hopes of breaking the Bavarians’ stranglehold on the Meisterschale.
Despite a faltering start to the campaign and the departure of coach Niko Kovac, Bayern have charged their way back to the top thanks largely due to the stunning form of Robert Lewandowski. Die Roten’s cause was also helped courtesy of their rivals from Dortmund whose stuttering start to the campaign saw them fail to capitalise and a 4-0 thrashing in Der Klassiker on matchday 11 left them playing catch-up.
However, the January arrival of Erling Haaland has brought about a revival in BVB’s fortunes and his own goalscoring exploits have helped his new side win seven of their eight Bundesliga games since the turn of the year.
Yet at the beginning of 2019-20, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach appeared to provide the strongest claims to Bayern’s throne.
After a five-game unbeaten start to the season, a four-game winless run for Leipzig was followed by a scintillating spell that began with an 8-0 rout of Mainz on matchday 10. That resulted in an eight-game unbeaten run, scoring 34 goals in the process and top spot, but a loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday 19 led to another downturn in form with Die Rotten Bullen having won just two of their last six games before the suspension of action.
Though they currently lie 4th, Monchengladbach’s form at the beginning of the campaign offers hope they may still last the distance. Having won five of their opening seven games, Marco Rose’s side remained top of the table for eight consecutive matchdays and a 2-1 win over Bayern in December ignited dreams of a first Bundesliga title since 1977.
A slight stumble in form before the winter break hindered those prospects, but the Foals have responded since January and their eight games have returned only two points fewer than they accrued in their opening eight of the campaign.
In the absence of meaningful title races elsewhere in Europe’s big leagues, it is Germany who may just provide the biggest drama in the coming weeks.