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RB Leipzig are Bayern’s closest challengers says Kimmich

FC Bayern vs. RB Leipzig
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The reigning Bundesliga and European champions will be embroiled in a tough title challenge this season. 

Despite racing out to a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga, Bayern will know that all it will take is a couple of slip-ups to allow the chasing pack to hunt them down.

RB Leipzig is Bayern’s closest challenger, just seven points behind, and they are scheduled to face each other at the Red Bull Arena later in the season. Bayern Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund were right in the title challenge but have fallen off the pace in recent weeks after several poor outings.

Due to the pandemic, teams have struggled to put out consistent performances and Bayern has been one of the teams that have been up and down with their performances, something that is unusual for them.

Speaking to Bundesliga.com, midfielder Joshua Kimmich stated he fully expects RB Leipzig to push his side for the title as they pose the biggest threat to knocking Bayern off their perch.

“At the moment, it’s Leipzig. They’re second in the table and I think they play really good football. They concede fewer goals and always score more goals than their opponents.

“They win their games – not always clearly but like us winning 1-0, ok not like us, we are not winning 1-0, we’re winning 3-2 or something like this because we concede more goals than Leipzig… but at the moment they’re really consistent and win their games, so they are our biggest rivals at the moment.”

Leipzig are a vastly improving side

Under Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig has shown drastic improvements in the last few years and managed to make it to the semi-final stages of the Champions League before eventually losing to Atletico Madrid.

Leipzig also escaped their Champions League group this campaign too with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the group. They combine their outstanding defensive set up with their explosive attacking play to be one of the most consistent teams in the world at the moment.

Leipzig managed to escape the Allianz with a point last time they faced Bayern and they have more than enough quality to reel in the Bavarians lead at the summit.

With Bayern busy on many fronts for the remainder of the season with the Champions League, Club World Cup, and Bundesliga matches all coming thick and fast, Hansi Flick will have to rotate his squad to keep it fresh and that is where Leipzig could take advantage.

The title race is far from over and RB Leipzig will be confident in their ability to push the champs all the way.

 

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