Fresh from winning last season’s Champions League in swashbuckling style, Bayern Munich are unsurprisingly favourites for the 2020/21 edition of the coveted competition.
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Kicking off their campaign against the typically tough to beat Atletico Madrid next week, this will offer a stern test for them, as they’re in a group that also contains RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow. While it’ll offer them a good challenge, the Bavarian giants will be expected to progress comfortably beyond the group stages.
Opponents will however be encouraged by Bayern’s mixed start to the Bundesliga, where they’ve conceded many goals and even lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim. Having let in eight goals in their last three league matches against the aforementioned Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin and Arminia Bielefeld, teams have been able to expose the treble winners of last season.
With some issues to iron out with their high defensive line, their opponents will hope to capitalise on any openings afforded to them.
The fact they lost Thiago to Liverpool, plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic, who returned back to their parent clubs after loan spells, is a blow. It must be said, though, they’ve kept the majority of their squad together while adding some quality reinforcements, so don’t expect too much of a drop off.
Bringing in the likes of Leroy Sane, Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr, Douglas Costa and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has bolstered the squad nicely, though. Indeed, with fixtures coming thick and fast, they’ll certainly need the extra quality and depth to maintain their high level.
Priced at 5.00, the favourites will certainly be the team to beat in this term’s Champions League, even if they have shown some chinks in their armour in the early stages of the season.
On the hunt for another treble, Hansi Flick’s amazingly talented and entertaining side will certainly be a fearsome adversary for anyone.