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Borussia Dortmund will Struggle to Repeat as Bayern Munich Starts Hot

Last season, the German powerhouse team Bayern Munich started incredibly well with 12 straight victories in all competitions.  Their season fizzled out, Borussia Dortmund overtook them, they lost the Champions League Final against Chelsea, and they were beaten soundly in the DFB Pokal final by none other than Dortmund.  Thus, their bright start to the season finished with Bayern Munich coming away empty handed.

This year, Bayern has again started in scintillating fashion, claiming 9 straight victories and already hold top position in Germany’s Bundesliga.  Their goal differential of 17 is far and away the best of any team, and once again the club feels poised to have a wonderful season.

For Borussia Dortmund, who valiantly fought back to win the title last season, they are once again on the back-foot to begin their season.  Dortmund’s 31 game unbeaten streak was ended a few weeks ago by Hamburg, who look decent with the return of their former star player, Rafael van der Vaart.

Then Dortmund played out a fantastic 3-3 draw with Frankfurt, a team currently second in the Bundesliga who look better and better each week.  As a result, Dortmund currently sits third in the table on 11 points, a full 7 points behind Bayern Munich.

Perhaps their struggles have been due to the departure of Shinji Kagawa, and excellent Japanese winger who moved on to Manchester United this summer.  Although Dortmund does still have a very talented side, they lost their most creative attacker.

A lot of the workload will fall onto new signing, Marco Reus.  The young German forward is a full international, played at EURO 2012, and has already scored five goals for his new club.  Sharing the offensive duties with Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, and Ivan Perisic, goals will be sure to come through for Dortmund.

Their defense has also been solid with Mats Hummels leading the back line.  The big young defender is already an experienced starter for the Germany National Team and has earned praise as one of the nation’s most impressive youngsters.

But once again this team will have to fight back from behind to overcome Bayern Munich, and although they managed the feat last year, I feel it will be very hard to overcome the deficit again.  Munich has an incredible roster with Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, and a whole crew of Germany’s finest players like Philip Lahm, Mario Gomez, and Thomas Muller.  Their new summer signing, Javi Martinez is an experienced midfielder and has been a part of the Spain National Team squad that won both the 2010 World Cup and EURO 2012.

Surely, the Budesliga campaign will have some more twists and turns before the season is out, but I think Bayern Munich means business this year.  Their season fell horrendously short last year, and their players will be ever so hungry to achieve some success this time around.  For a team that has so much promise and talent, I think they will be a hoisting a trophy at the season’s end, and my bet is that they will become German Champions in the Bundesliga.