No sooner has the last season ended than the Bundesliga starts again. I am no prophet when I say that this will be the most difficult season for all clubs, especially those that play in international competitions and still have to send national players. This is a matter of going from one English week to the next. In this respect, every club should be keen to tackle the issue of 2020/21 with an appropriately broad squad.
With this season's forecast you can once again measure my footballing prowess. Last year my season forecast was consistent in that I correctly predicted three out of four Champions League participants as well as one Europa League starter, just like last year. It's just a shame that the Werkself was the fourth club I've seen in the Champions League, but they had to give the Gladbachers this place. And my predictive power was also not bad when it came to relegation, as I saw both Paderborn and Düsseldorf as relegated.
And here are my entry expectations for the coming season:
1.) Bayern Munich: Yes, unfortunately, the Bavarians will probably remain the measure of all things in the league again, even if many - like me - don't like that.
2.) Borussia Dortmund: Even if the coach discussion starts again after the first defeat. The team is well-positioned and anything less than a placing of three or worse would be a disappointment.
3.) Borussia M'Gladbach: You have to acknowledge the sporting development without envy. The second year is getting more and more difficult for a coach because expectations are raised. Nevertheless, I see Borussia as the number one chaser, but with a distance to the first two.
4.) Dose Leipzig: Will certainly have a more difficult year ahead of us after the small change in personnel. The triple burden takes its toll. But we have also learned that, if need be, we can add on more staff during the winter break.
5.) WE: By the end of the transfer period, there will certainly be one or two things happening in both directions. In view of the tight calendar it is important to have a broad cadre. For the EuroLeague it should be enough in any case, the rest has to be seen.
6.) Hoffenheim: On balance, it's difficult to judge: good players gone, one or the other brought in, but they still have to settle in. Besides, the coach is new and has to settle in. This year again, there is no more than sixth place.
7.) VfL Wolfsburg: Actually, there should be more to it with the squad. The structures have improved, but here too, the triple burden takes its toll.
8.) Eintracht Frankfurt: After a disappointing previous year, the Eagle should attack again, especially since he can almost concentrate on the league.
9.) Werder Bremen had barely jumped off the scales last year. I assume that the grotesque home balance will be improved significantly and that a secure midfield position will be achieved.
10.) Hertha BSC: At some point you have to invest properly as a capital city club, market yourself properly and have crisp investors to do better. But all this is of no use if your investor has money, but the right players don't necessarily want to go to the capital.
11.) Schalke 04: I think young coaches are good. But the structural improvement does not happen overnight. So I expect Schalke to remain almost unchanged, but not more. The high financial debts do not allow for more either.
12.) SC Freiburg: Konstanz will be outstanding again this year. The SC will be able to maintain its class with the squad this year as well.
13) 1 FC Köln: Class retention is absolutely realistic. The one or other surprising home point should be enough to get into the lower end of the midfield.
14.) FC Augsburg: Actually this non-super-team can't tear more than to sort themselves in just before the relegation ranks.
15.) Union Berlin: Good personalities, supported by the environment, should keep the class again in view of the continuing euphoria in the environment, although not as easy as last year.
16.) VfB Stuttgart: For years VfB has felt the need for a change in personnel in order to achieve more with fresh blood. In year one after promotion the relegation spot is a realistic goal.
17.) Mainz 05: From 2021/22 carnival songs will once again be sung in the second league.
I expect the first coach release of the season in Mainz. The teams in direct competition will certainly profit from the higher euphoria.
18.) Arminia Bielefeld: Unfortunately, Arminia will not be able to storm through the Bundesliga as she did last year in the second division due to the lack of financial possibilities. Thus the club remains a clear candidate for relegation in the year of promotion.
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