Bayern Munich : Dietmar Hamann outlines challenges for next season

Julian Nagelsmann,, Bayern Munich. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Julian Nagelsmann,, Bayern Munich. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

After a summer of enthralling international football, the new season for clubs is around the corner. The Bundesliga is set to begin next weekend as Bayern Munich will be starting title defense with an away trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Die Roten can make history next season by winning the tenth consecutive league title. It has been a complete domination by Bayern in Germany over the last decade. Along with winning league titles and DFB Pokal, the Bavarian club has also won two trebles during this period.

Going into the new season, Rekordmeister always starts the Bundesliga campaign as title favourite irrespective of what is happening at other German clubs. The 2021/22 season will be no different, but Die Roten is going through a transition phase which could give hope to other clubs.

There has been a flurry of changes at the first team and administration levels at Die Roten during summer. While talking to British Gambler, former Bayern midfielder Dieter Hamann admitted that winning the league title will not be straightforward for the club.

"“It’s all change in Munich where Bayern, seeking a tenth straight Bundesliga title, are still the favourites but it isn’t a certainty. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has followed Hansi Flick out of the club and those are big shoes to fill after what they achieved.”“David Alaba and Jerome Boateng have left and there are no guarantees Nicklas Sule will rediscover his form and Dayot Upamecano arrives from Leipzig after a modest season – he makes too many mistakes for me. There are contract issues to be resolved and grounds for player unrest, they aren’t as strong this season.”"

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The concerns from Hamann about Die Roten are understandable. However, all other rivals in the Bundesliga are also undergoing coaching changes. RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund have also lost key players in the transfer window. Despite losing players, these two clubs will be right up there due to their strong recruitment. The three big clubs in Germany will be going through a transition at the same time.

Nagelsmann has been one of the best coaches in Germany after his stints with Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. Die Roten decided to pay a world-record fee for him once Flick made it clear that he wants to leave the club.

Over the years, Nagelsmann had to bring stability in results at previous clubs. At Die Roten, he will be expected to improve players and win trophies on a consistent basis. The challenge is big for the young manager, but he has the quality to do great things with the current squad.

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Even though the concerns about central defense are justified, Die Roten had to make these changes to build a squad that challenges on all fronts for numerous seasons. Bringing in young defenders will help them to build a strong squad for the present and future. Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller are present in the squad to provide experience, while the likes of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich are also slowly becoming leaders in the team.