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Without Bayern Munich the Bundesliga would be the best league in Europe by miles

There are only four points separating second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover in 10th

We had such high hopes for the Bundesliga this year.

The season started with Bayern Munich in actual disarray and it was brilliant.

None of the players were motivated to play under Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian had given up bothering to do anything like actual coaching.

It resulted in what looked like an actual title race developing in the league with Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim, Munich and the new money boys RB Leipzig vying for top spot.


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September was a happier time at Dortmund, they were top and Peter Bosz still had a job

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September was a happier time at Dortmund, they were top and Peter Bosz still had a job

Unfortunately since FC Hollywood sacked Ancelotti and reappointed Jupp Heynckes for the 20th time proceedings have got back to normal.

Bayern have won 11 out of 12 league games since Heynckes took over and have built up a 16 point lead at the top.

You know how the rest of the season goes, Bayern win the league in March and then basically go on holiday for the rest of the year.

This will be their fifth consecutive league title and with the announcement of Leon Goretzka joining from Schalke in the summer, Bayern remaining in the Bundesliga almost seems unfair.

Alaba hopes this year will be his turn

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Alaba hopes this year will be his turn

However, if you were to take the Bavarians out of the equation, what you would be left with is without doubt the most exciting league in Europe.

Forget the Premier League with six teams challenging for four spaces, in Germany this year there are just four points separating Hannover in 10th place and Bayer Leverkusen in second.

In comparison to the ‘greatest league in the world’ 10th-placed Watford are 27 points behind Man United in second.

So you’re telling even if I was 27 points ahead of 10th in the Bundesliga I wouldn’t be 1st?

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So you’re telling even if I was 27 points ahead of 10th in the Bundesliga I wouldn’t be 1st?

With Bayern firmly securing top spot and the first Champions League place it means there are five remaining European berths up for grabs – three in the Champions League and two in the Europa League.

And with the depth and ferocity of competition between the nine teams below FCB you would have to call in Paul the psychic octopus to have any chance of even a vaguely correct prediction.

Don’t forget the Bundesliga also has the best-attended games, the highest number of season ticket holders, the cheapest tickets in Europe’s top five league AND you are allowed to drink in the stadium.

Honestly it might actually be too good if Bayern didn’t win it at a canter every year.


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six more months Naby, six more months

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six more months Naby, six more months

It is almost impossible to guess who could break away from the pack with no one managing to put together runs of more than two wins in a row – which says a lot about the competitiveness of the top half.

Leverkusen for example, beat bottom half sides Stuttgart and Werder Bremen in a row before drawing 4-4 at Hoffenheim, suffering a 3-1 loss at home to Bayern and then winning 4-1 on a visit to Hoffenheim.

Or fourth placed Leipzig who managed to beat Schalke in third but lost to 11th and 12th place Hertha Berlin and Freiburg either side of that victory.

Other than Bayern there isn’t a single team in the top 10 that is undefeated in their last five matches.

12 yard back heel for a goal Leon? Yep.

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12 yard back heel for a goal Leon? Yep.

Even Freiburg down in 12th on 23 points, who are actually undefeated in six, have a good chance of launching a Europa League bid at least, especially with all the teams above them beating each other.

Bayern Munich have won every Bundesliga title since Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side broke their monopoly back in 2012 and it looks like they might never lose it again.

The strategy employed by their hierarchy is as soon as another team gets a star player they just buy them up.

It happened with Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels.

You will be playing for them soon Leon

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You will be playing for them soon Leon

We are pretty sure their name is already engraved on the 2018/19 trophy but we’d love to see them have to cross it out and etch RB Leipzig above it.

Let us dream.