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Despite a seven point lead, Voller thinks Bayern can be caught

MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 03: Niklas Suele of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with team mates after scoring their sides third goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Allianz Arena on January 03, 2021 in Munich, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lukas Barth-Tuttas - Pool/Getty Images)

Despite their stranglehold on the Bundesliga in recent times, there is an impression that Bayern Munich are not the side they once were.

 Bayern Munich was once seen as the all-conquering force in German football, however, in recent times, there is a growing feeling that they are not as dominant as they once were.

Speaking to kicker, Rudi Voller, who is Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director, has a genuine belief that his team has what it takes to go toe to toe with the German champs.

“I do think that we as a group have moved closer to Bayern,” Voller said. 

What this year has shown everyone is that anything is a certainty, especially in the Bundesliga. Union Berlin has perhaps been the surprise packet of the season, along with Frankfurt and Wolfsburg with both sides only losing two games, 19 matches into the season.

“Wolfsburg and Frankfurt are also getting on us from behind. That makes things more exciting,” Voller said. “We’re not forming a closed society behind FC Bayern, which many might believe.”

Tight at the top

Currently in the league standings, between RB Leipzig in second, and Borussia Dortmund in seventh, a total of just six points separates them. 

Bayern is the favorite to claim the title yet again this season, however, the battle for the European places is anything but certain, with nearly half of the Bundesliga table in serious contention.

A chink in the armour?

Despite Bayern sitting top of the league seven points clear, Voller states that the league leaders have some weaknesses and they have been on display often this season, “Bayern now have to push their limits more often” he said.

The weaknesses Voller is referring to are most likely the Bavarians defensive woes this season and their inability to keep clean sheets. Even with this, they are more than two games clear on top and it would nearly take an act of God to remove them from the top spot. If either Leverkusen or Leipzig was to usurp the current champions, then that would be one mighty achievement.

As we have seen this year already, any match is far from a certainty, and with still have the season to go Bayern looks on course to claim another title, however, expect the unexpected when it comes to football.

The race is not over just yet.

 

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.