FC Bayern threatens surprising competition

Bayern’s Jamal Musiala (centre) beats Frankfurt’s Rode (left) and Mario Götze. Image: www.imago-images.de / imago-images


Luc Grybowski
Nikolai Stubner

For a few weeks it looked like the fight for the Bundesliga championship was going to be really exciting for a longer time this season.

Bayern Munich failed to win four games in a row in September and the competition took advantage of the blunder. Only: the leader of the table was not something like Borussia Dortmund or RB Leipzig, but 1. FC Union Berlin, followed by SC Freiburg.

But now things are back to normal. FC Bayern is in the lead, four points ahead of SC Freiburg (2nd) and six over RB Leipzig (3rd).

In a direct duel with Munich on Friday evening for the resumption of the Bundesliga, the Saxons could once again ensure a slightly tighter top of the table.. “But in the end Bayern will be champions, that’s for sure”says former Bundesliga professional and Dazn expert Sebastian Kneißl in an interview with watson.

But the 40-year-old has a very particular hope of who can be dangerous for Munich in the next few years. And this competitor does not come from Dortmund or Leipzig.

“Eintracht could be a sleeping giant slowly waking up.”

Expert Dazn Sebastian Kneißl

FC Bayern must think about new long-term replacements

The Munich team was able to complete the biggest project with the transfer of Yann Sommer. Whether the Gladbacher was signed or former No. 2 Sven Ulreich was now the number one goalkeeper was also a problem among Bayern stars, according to the Bundesliga expert.

“Because of his age, he will not be the long-term solution”

Dazn expert Sebastian Kneißl on Yann Sommer

It’s very likely that Sommer will now be in goal for the best game against Leipzig – after just one training session. Ulreich will continue to be a substitute. “He is aware of his role and we know that we can count on Ulle.”

Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s advantage: dhe 34-year-old is not a speaker who publicly calls for deployment delays. It is therefore one less project for the Bayern coach.

Nevertheless, the bosses of the club must think about a solution of succession for Manuel Neuer. According to Kneissl, the 36-year-old will be in goal for Munich for at least a year after his return, but then his future is in doubt.

“Then those responsible have to see if Yann Sommer is the right one, but just because of his age he won’t be the long-term solution,” says Kneißl.

Eintracht Frankfurt is not a “flash in the pan”

The fact that Munich’s closest pursuer is currently not Borussia Dortmund, but that the Champions League places are occupied by SC Freiburg, RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt and that Union Berlin are at the 5th place, is “exceptional” for the Dazn expert.

For him, the key to the success of the supposedly smaller club is humility. “That doesn’t mean cuddling, but they focus on their strengths and implement them in a purposeful way.” In Freiburg, Frankfurt and Union, the current success is the result of hard work.

Eintracht Frankfurt in particular have shown with a “balanced team” led by “extraordinarily good” coach Oliver Glasner that they are “not a flash in the pan”. Glaser reportedly improves his teams every year and that’s why Kneißl trusts the Hessians much more than the “fair” qualification for the Champions League.

“There is a lot of money in the city and therefore a lot of potential in the club. That’s why Eintracht could be a sleeping giant that is slowly waking up.”

The only question is how well they can cope with the triple burden of the DFB Cup and Champions League knockout stages against Darmstadt and SSC Napoli in February and March.

Because with their triumph in the Europa League last year, the people of Frankfurt clearly noticed that they did not approach every Bundesliga game with the same passion as games in international competition. In the end, it was only enough for eleventh place.

BVB: Süle believes in catching up, Reus and Moukoko cause trouble

After a disappointing first 15 days, Borussia Dortmund still hope to reach the Champions League places on their own.

If we were to win the two remaining games in the first half of the season, we would be up there again. I still remember well that BVB were nine points ahead of Bayern and Bayern eventually became champions,” said Niklas Süle of the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’.

Instead of a possible catch-up race, the Westphalians are currently interested in the contracts of Marco Reus and young prospect Youssoufa Moukoko, which are due to expire this summer.

“If it resonates that Reus still ‘stays’ because he’s a Dortmund boy, then I can understand him being frustrated.”

Expert Dazn Sebastian Kneißl

“I think Moukoko is good for BVB and his development is currently perfectly suited to Dortmund.”, says Kneißl, looking at the 18-year-old. According to sporting director Sebastian Kehl, it’s currently up to the striker as Borussia have submitted their final offer.

Football: Borussia Dortmund training camp on January 8, 2023 in Marbella, Spain.  Marco Reus answers journalists' questions during the media session *** Borussia Dortmund football training camp on ...

Marco Reus’ contract with BVB expires this summer.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago-images

In the case of Marco Reus, his adviser Dirk Hebe caused a stir after commenting on rumors of a move to Saudi Arabia and was in the stadium for the Manchester derby at the weekend.

Kneißl therefore demands that the club show the national player a perspective and explain why there have not yet been discussions. “But if the topic isn’t brought up and it somehow resonates that Reus is still ‘staying’ because he’s a Dortmund boy, then I can understand him being frustrated. ”

After all, the 33-year-old also needs to keep an eye on his post-career life. “If he can win a multiple of what he gets in Dortmund at Al-Nassr, then everyone would think.”

Youssoufa Moukoko left BVB a bit agitated: sporting director Sebastian Kehl actually wanted to clear up the matter during the training camp in Marbella, Spain. But after numerous international clubs began courting the 18-year-old German national player – and likely jacking up the price as well – Moukoko and his agent were initially hesitant to commit.

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