Bayern Munich have began the Bundesliga season as they finished the last one in complete control of the division, despite the change in manager over the summer. Carlo Ancelotti has picked up right where Pep Guardiola left off as the Bavaria-based club have won all five of their matches to begin the campaign.
Bayern are aiming to win the Bundesliga for a fifth-straight season, and already look irrepressible in their bid for the German top-flight crown, despite the quality shown by Borussia Dortmund. As a result, the club are backed in the latest Bundesliga betting odds at 1/7 to win the title, and Ancelotti’s men have got off to the perfect start for their assault on the league.
One of the major factors that has helped the club create a stranglehold on the division is their recruitment, which was highlighted in their move for Mats Hummels from bitter rivals Dortmund along with the signing of one of the most promising players in Europe – Renato Sanches.
Hummels has gone straight into the team and not only provides strength at the back next to his Germany international team-mate Jerome Boateng, but his departure significantly weakened Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were left scrambling for a replacement.
Bayern already had the strongest squad in the division, with the firepower of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller leading the line. Both strikers have scored a mountain of goals for the club since combining their talents in 2014 in a partnership that strikes fear into the hearts of every defence in the league.
Ancelotti’s team’s greatest strength is their midfield where they have an embarrassment of riches, which has only be increased by the performances of rising star Joshua Kimmich. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign, scoring two goals in his new role after being pushed forward by the Italian from full-back.
His passing ability and movement, especially in the final third has added further potency to Bayern’s game. The sight will please Ancelotti as between Kimmich and Sanches he could have two of the brightest prospects in the game at his disposal for many years to come.
For all of their brilliance, one aspect that can never be overlooked is experience. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have had a torrid time with injuries over the past couple of years, and it’s testament to Bayern’s skills in the transfer market and quality on the pitch that they have dominated even without the presence of the duo.
Both players were the stars of the Bayern team that drove their side to their triumph over Dortmund in 2013 in the Champions League final. However, their fitness problems have limited their impact, with both men reduced to playing roles from the bench.
Ribery showed signs that he still has the potential to play a crucial role for the club even at the age of 33 when he replaced Kingsley Coman in his side’s clash against Hamburg. The Frenchman came off the bench in the second half and caused havoc down the left wing, creating Kimmich’s late strike that handed Ancelotti’s men the three points. The result proved Bayern’s incredible strength in depth and proved that it will take a momentous achievement to overhaul them at the top of the Bundesliga this term.