Bayern Munich are no longer the big title favourite to win an eighth straight Bundesliga title when the season restarts on the weekend, with leaders RB leipzig (pictured) now a hot contender. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo
Bayern Munich are no longer the big title favourite to win an eighth straight Bundesliga title when the season restarts on the weekend, with leaders RB leipzig (pictured) now a hot contender. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

Bayern no longer Bundesliga top favourites as Leipzig gain ground

By Time of article published Jan 13, 2020

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BERLIN - Bayern Munich are no longer the big title favourite to

win an eighth straight Bundesliga title when the season restarts on

the weekend, with leaders RB leipzig now a hot contender.

Officials from five of the 18 clubs have rated Leipzig top contender

to lift the trophy on May 16, five still be believe in third-placed

Bayern, Paderborn coach Steffen Baumgart would put his money on

second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, while the others expect a

tight title race between several teams.

Leipzig command the standings two points ahead of Gladbach, with

Bayern another two behind while Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are

seven points off the top.

"RB Leipzig are now favourites," Gladbach sports director Max Eberl

said, putting the pressure on the eastern Germans just as Munich

coach Hansi Flick, and sports directors Michael Zorc of Dortmund and

Jochen Schneider of Schalke.

"Leipzig deserve to be top four points ahead (of Munich)," Flick

said. "The Bundesliga is balanced for the first time in a long while.

My team has the will to reverse matters."

Zorc said Leipzig appear "more stable" than in the past but added

"Bayern are always there" to pounce. Schneider's simple answer on the

favourite was "RB Leipzig."

Bayern lifted the last seven trophies, often already far ahead of the

pack in the hibernation period, and several including sports

directors Jochen Saier of Freiburg and Simon Rolfes of Leverkusen

believe the Bavarians will eventually be top again.

"Regardless of the current standings Bayern have the strongest squad

and the biggest chance. But it won't be easy," Rolfes said.

Others would not pick a favourite, such as Hoffenheim sports director

Alexander Rosen who said: "The greatest thing for all football fans

is that the outcome is completely open."

dpa

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