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Bayern Munich, Niko Kovac, Bundesliga 2018/19


How come Bayern Munich didn’t go for any reinforcement for 2018/19 season?

There is no doubt that Bayern Munich have got no competition in Germany’s domestic football competition. They lifted their record 28th Bundesliga title winning it 6th consecutive time in 2017/18 and also lifted DFB-Pokal (German Cup) for the 18th time. But considering their ageing squad and some players eagerness to leave the club, we thought Bavarian needs little reinforcement entering into this new season. Surprisingly, they opted for the same squad for the new season.

Their only new arrival is Leon Goretzka who also arrived as free transfer. Otherwise, they are happy with the same squad and return of their own loaned players. Renato Sanches and Serge Gnabry have returned after spending their loan spell respectively with Swansea and Hoffenheim.

It will be a big test for new manager Niko Kovac who hasn’t got any reinforcement. He has got two-old -man on the wings in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Their star centre-back Jerome Boateng is expected to make a move to PSG as well. Left-back Juan Bernat is also on move alongside defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

Bayern Munich, Niko Kovac, Bundesliga 2018/19

How come Niko Kovac didn’t ask for any transfers from Bayern board? If these players leave, Kovac will have a very limited squad left to compete domestically and in Europe.

He has no problem in shot-stopper department. Manuel Neuer has got a solid backup in Sven Ulreich, and teenager Christian Fruchtl is developing fast. But centre-back pairing will be a concern if Jerome Boateng leaves. He will only have two regular centre-backs in his team – Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule. It’s a big concern for any top team.

If Juan Bernat leaves, David Alaba is the only availability for them in left-back position and he’s only injured. It’s a big gamble for any team to rely on a single player in any position. Bayern have similar problem if Sebastian Rudy departs leaving Javi Martinez as the lone defensive midfielder.

 However, they won’t have any problem in midfield department. They have got Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, Renato Sanches, and James Rodriguez. Bavarians don’t have a concern in left-back position as well, where Joshua Kimmich and Rafinha will fight for their place in playing XI.

Bavarians have got big concern in forward department if Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller don’t click together. They can’t rely much on ageing Robben and Ribery, and young Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry has yet to prove their potential.

Both centre-forward – Robert Lewandowski and Sandro Wagner has turned 30, they have lost their pace as well. A forward line, which is above 30 is a complete no-no.

Forget about European games, Bayern have a big test against Hoffenheim on Bundesliga opening day. Then, they have got Stuttgart, Leverkusen, Schalke, Augsburg, and Hertha Berlin on subsequent weekends. There is still some time, if they want to amend their mistakes. The transfer window is still open.

Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hertha Berlin is ready to give a hard time to the Bavarian giants. We hope we have a good Bundesliga season with some competitive games to watch out.


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