After lifting five trophies in 2020, there is no stronger club in European football right now than Bayern Munich. They won the 2019-20 Bundesliga comfortably by 13 points, claimed the DFB-Pokal with ease, then achieved the crowning glory of winning the Champions League. Starting the new season with yet more silverware, the Bavarian giants have since claimed the UEFA Super Cup and the domestic DFL-Supercup.
Considering that Bayern Munich have won eight Bundesliga titles in a row, not to mention a remarkable European treble last season, it’s likely the team will enjoy yet more trophies. Essentially, any team with ambitions of winning the league must finish above them, which has proven impossible for years.
Such is their utter dominance in Germany, the latest Bundesliga betting odds for Bayern Munich have them priced at 1/8 odds for the title. By comparison, Borussia Dortmund are priced at 7/1 as the most likely potential challengers, while RB Leipzig are 18/1 and considered as outside candidates to make a serious push.
The last team to finish ahead of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga was Borussia Dortmund, and they have most consistently been the nearest title challengers since then. However, even with the impressive scoring power of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, they just aren’t packed with the same depth of quality the reigning champions have at their disposal.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Schalke 04 were considered genuine title contenders, yet on the opening day of the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign, they were completely demolished by the rampant Bayern Munich in an 8-0 rout. That defeat spoke volumes of just how strong the side managed by Hans-Dieter Flick is.
Nevertheless, football wouldn’t be as fun without the occasional surprise. After a gruelling encounter with Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup that went into extra-time, before the German side could secure the European trophy, they had little time to prepare for the next Bundesliga encounter.
The tiredness was more than evident when Bayern Munich travelled to Hoffenheim, who crushed their illustrious opponents 4-1 at the PreZero Arena. Although being jaded from their European exploits was always going to be possible, nobody expected the reigning champions to be humiliated in such a way.
That defeat at Hoffenheim was proof, if ever any was needed, that even the mightiest team in the Bundesliga can stumble. Although, it’s hard to imagine such results being a regular feature of the 2020-21 campaign. Indeed, Bayern Munich went on to pass a significantly challenging test in their next game, taking on Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup.
Despite blowing a 2-0 advantage, as Borussia Dortmund refused to quit and tied the Supercup duel at 2-2, Bayern Munich had their tireless defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich to thank, capping his excellent display with the winning goal. Another trophy in the bag and continued expectations of further triumph during the season to come. There will be the occasional blip, of course, but this team tends to bounce back better every time.