No sooner has the last season ended than the Bundesliga starts again. I'm not a prophet when I say that this will be another difficult season for all clubs, especially for those who play in international competitions and still have national players who joined the squad late.
With this season prediction, you can once again measure my football intelligence. My last season's predictions were consistent in the sense that I correctly predicted three out of four Champions League participants. My relegation predictions, on the other hand, were not particularly good. But as always: this year everything will be better.
And here are my entry expectations for the coming season:
1.) Bayern Munich: Yes, unfortunately, Bayern will probably remain the measure of all things in the league again, even if many - like me - don't like it.
2.) Borussia Dortmund: The team is in a good position and anything other than a ranking of three or worse would be a disappointment.
3.) Dose Leipzig: The team will certainly face a more difficult year after the personnel upheaval. The triple burden is also taking its toll. But we have also learned that we can make decisive additions to the team during the winter break if necessary.
4.) VfL Wolfsburg: Whether you like it or not, with this squad the Champions League must be in the cards. The structures have improved, but here, too, the triple burden will take its toll.
5.) WE: There will certainly be one or two things happening in both directions between now and the end of the transfer period. In view of the tight calendar, it is important to have a broad squad. It should definitely be enough for the EuroLeague, the rest remains to be seen.
6.) Eintracht Frankfurt: After a good previous year, the Eagles should attack again, especially as they have a tailwind with a new coach.
7.) Hoffenheim: Difficult to assess, but certainly stronger than last year. It is even possible that the first coaching dismissal will take place here before the village is brought back on track under a new aegis.
8.) Borussia M'Gladbach: In terms of self-portrayal, those responsible see themselves rather further ahead, but everyday life with a new coach looks different.
9.) Hertha BSC: At some point, as a club in the capital, you have to invest properly, market yourself properly and have crisp investors in order to do better. But that's no use if your investor has money but the right players don't necessarily want to come to the capital.
10.) Union Berlin: Good personnel, supported by the environment, should once again keep the class, given the continuing euphoria in the environment, even if not as easy as last year.
11.) VfL Bochum: The euphoria in the Pott helps to get the decisive points at home and thus to reach a secure midfield position.
12.) SC Freiburg: Consistency will also excel this year. Streich can also keep the class this year with the squad.
13) 1.FC Köln: Keeping in the class is realistic. One or two surprising home points should be enough to keep them in the lower end of the midfield.
14.) Mainz 05: After the strong second half of the season, the team will certainly start the new season with a tailwind, and the points should be enough to keep them in the league.
15.) FC Augsburg: Actually, this non-super team can't do any more than to finish just outside the relegation zone.
16.) VfB Stuttgart: The second year is the more difficult one. You want more according to your own self-image, but so does everyone else. This year, however, the #16 should be well ahead of the last two places.
17.) Arminia Bielefeld: Unfortunately, Arminia will not storm through the Bundesliga as they did last year, given their lack of financial resources. Thus, the club remains a clear relegation candidate in year two.
18.) SpVgg Greuther Fürth: Actually a likeable team, but unfortunately I fear direct relegation due to the lack of strength of the squad compared to other clubs.
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