FIVE BUNDESLIGA THINGS FOR 2019
The Bundesliga provides great action week in, week out. Here are five things that would improve the League for 2019…
Bayern back in the title race
Despite Borussia Dortmund establishing a lead at the top of the Bundesliga, it would be foolish to rule out Germany’s superpower – Bayern Munich.
Dortmund are in the box seat to claim their first League title since 2012, won under Jurgen Klopp, but Bayern will look to rise to the challenge in 2019 as they chase a seventh successive title.
Lewandowski vs. Alcacer
Poland international Robert Lewandowski has a new goalscoring rival this season, after topping the scoring charts in three of the past five seasons — Paco Alcacer has emerged as the new threat following his loan move from Barcelona.
Borussia Dortmund have shown the faith in the former Valencia man by already taking up the option to sign him permanently after Alcacer reached double figures before Christmas.
Dortmund’s youngsters to take the Champions League by storm
The driving force behind Borussia Dortmund’s fantastic start to the season has been new Coach Lucien Favre’s willingness to put his faith in youth.
Achraf Hakimi, the 20-year-old defender on loan for Real Madrid, 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho and 19-year-old centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou all played a key role in the club’s excellent first half of the season.
Rangnick to reignite RB Leipzig
Ralf Rangnick returned to the club he led to promotion into the Bundesliga back in 2016 following the exit of Ralph Hasenhuttl. However the veteran Coach has only been brought in on a caretaker basis, with Julian Nagelsmann set to take over for the 2019-20 season.
Rangnick has got die Bullen back into contention for a Champions League spot for next season, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.
A German side in a European final
The Bundesliga has dropped off the map in terms of European finals in recent years, with the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund final of 2013 the last time a German side appeared in the showcase fixture.
Dortmund and Bayern have saved their best form for Europe this season, with Schalke also qualifying for the last 16. The chances of a German appearance in the final in Madrid look more likely.