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10 out of 10!๐Ÿ”ฅ

10 out of 10. Bayern Munich are champions of the Bundesliga for the 10th year in a row. Just like last season, they have done it with three games to spare. Supporters would like to remind everyone that it did not come easy but…it did. The German top-flight has long been a one-horse race. Bayern Munich’s player power and potential are unmatched.

Borussia Dortmund, their closest rivals in 2022, finished 12 points behind in second. Julian Nagelsmann guided the Bavarians to its 31st league title to pick up his second piece of silverware.

Previously, he had also guided Bayern Munich to victory in the German Supercup. Nagelsmann is one of the best young managers in the world and will only get better with time.

Moreover, with such a strong squad at his disposal, it is no wonder that they make a formidable pair. Now that the title is officially secured, the focus turns to the summer and what comes next.

In addition, Bayern are very close to signing 19-year-old super talent Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax to bolster the midfield. More signings will definitely be on the way soon.

 

 

Bayern Munich- Road to Bundesliga champions

The most brilliant thing Bayern Munich did before the season started involved their transfer activity. Bayern bought central defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. These moves had major benefits. Firstly, Bayern balanced David Alaba and Jerome Boateng’s departure in defence.

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Secondly, it severely weakened the runners-up from last season, RB Leipzig.

 

However, the preseason did not go too hot for the defending champions. Bayern drew one and lost three of their matches, sparking hopes of a new champion. That thought gained further traction with Borussia Monchengladbach earning a draw at home in the season opener.

As if to prove their dominance under the new boss, Nagelsmann’s side promptly went off on a five-match win streak. Those wins came by a scoreline of 22-4. Bayern scored at least three in every match, hitting Bochum for seven, Leipzig for four, and Hertha for five. Bochum will remember this.

 

 

The Bavarians lost their first match of the season on matchday seven at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. That loss sparked another run of four consecutive wins as they scored 16 goals and conceded only twice. Fans were starting to notice a pattern as Bayern lost 2-1 away to Augsburg in mid-November.

Indeed, Nagelsmann and co. won the next five straight, including an unbeaten December. 2022 arrived and Bayern suffered their third loss in the first match of the new year. Their old rivals Monchengladbach got the better of them once again in another 2-1 defeat.

 

Three more wins followed before one of the two most surprising results in the season occurred. Bochum hit for seven in the reverse fixture and spanked the champions-to-be 4-2. Moreover, it was also the first loss not by a 2-1 scoreline in the league for Bayern.

That was to be their last defeat as Bayern are currently on a nine-match undefeated run. They have the league’s best attack and defence which has made life easier. Once again, the Bundesliga was a cakewalk.

 

The men who made it 10

First and foremost, there is the deadly Robert Lewandowski. 32 goals and two assists. For context, Patrick Schick in second place has 20 goals. Lewandowski has been the ever-reliable goal poacher who can score from anywhere. He has had nine matches of scoring at least a brace. Three of those instances have turned into hat tricks.

Moreover, Lewandowski’s goals have been imperative in leading Bayern Munich to the throne of champions in the Bundesliga every year. Behind the Polish striker is his top mate, Thomas Muller.

The ageless veteran has a league-high 16 assists and has scored seven times. Muller has been the conductor of the attacking orchestra which is pivotal to the running of the side. In goal, Manuel Neuer has kept the joint-most 10 clean sheets.

The trio have been the backbone of the side that is now full of excellent ballplayers. Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane and of course, the versatile Joshua Kimmich. These men have taken Bayern Munich to a different level seemingly every match.

Gnabry and Coman with their quickness, pace, and direct attacking threat. Sane’s career has been reinvigorated in Germany, playing across the front line.

Kimmich is the most all-around threat in the Bundesliga, able to make a decisive impact on both ends of the pitch. The defence is mostly a back three of Upamecano, Niklas Sule and Benjamin Pavard. The 3-4-2-1 shape helps in closing off spaces while allowing Neuer to keep up with his sweeper role.

One of the brightest prospects has been Jamal Musiala. The teenager has played in a number of positions, excelling in all of them. 10+ goal contributions in the league are a very decent return in a solid first season.

 

What happens next?

Apart from being crowned Bundesliga champions, the season has not been too hot for Bayern Munich. They won all of their group-stage matches in the Champions League, and made it past the round-of-16 against RB Salzburg. Villarreal awaited them in the quarters and overconfidence may have played its part. Bayern were defeated 2-1 on aggregate in one of the shocks of the European season.

 

 

This came after the Bavarians were blown out of the DFB-Pokal last October. After beating fifth-division side Bremer SV 12-0 in the first round, Borussia Monchengladbach came next. The Foals produced one of the most famous results in the competition’s history by inflicting a 5-0 loss. These kinds of up-and-down performances will not satisfy many, mainly because European glory is what they crave the most.

 

Similarly, the big talking point is Lewandowski’s future. The striker has reiterated time and again that he is looking for a three-year extension to his current deal that expires in 2023.

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Bayern have been unwilling to commit which has turned on the rumour mills. Lewandowski can leave the club in the summer, with several interested parties on the prowl.

Moreover, having signed Ryan Gravenberch, with Noussair Mazraoui on the way, Bayern are shifting to a younger core. Moreover, Muller is also staying till at least 2023. Above all, replacing Lewandowski will be nigh on impossible in this market. There are several questions in front of them, mostly not related to the Bundesliga.

In conclusion, the club can relax for now and look towards the end of the season with fondness after underlining their credentials of being the best in the land.

Ratul Ghosh
His name means Red and a fan of devilish food, which equals to his favourite team being Manchester United. Can be found sleeping or in front of the TV otherwise. Hates waking up early but loves staying up late for football.

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