Bayern Munich have established something just short of a monopoly in the Bundesliga as they have won the last five league titles and no one has really come close to toppling that trend, and in fact, the smallest points difference between first and second at the end of the season was 10 points, which is quite outrageous really. This puts a lot of people off watching the Bundesliga. So just how far are we from seeing someone topple Bayern and making the Bundesliga more of an even playing field?
Borussia Dortmund are one of Bayern Munich’s closest rivals and there was a point in 2012 and 2013 when the two were arguably as good as each other, but the transfers of Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski – who had made their name at the Signal Iduna Park – to Bayern created a gap in player quality between the clubs, which meant that Bayern took directly from their closest rivals in order to establish themselves as the main force in Germany. Dortmund then went on to replace the players that they have lost to Bayern Munich with the likes of Marc Bartra, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and resigning Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United. But unfortunately for Dortmund, the replacements have been quality players but not the kind of quality that worked so well for them during the Jurgen Klopp era at Borussia Dortmund.
The rise of RB Leipzig must be noted and due to their wealthy owners have some of the most promising up and coming young talents in the game such as Bruma, Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen who have already established themselves in the Bundesliga. As well as their transfer policy where they don’t sign anyone over the age of 25 for their squad and this is something that may help RB Leipzig to become one of the greatest teams in Germany as they look to build on their second place finish in their debut season in the Bundesliga. With players such as Leon Goretzka linked with big money moves to Bayern Munich, it looks like Carlo Ancelotti’s side are here to stay at the top of the table for the time being.