JOHANNESBURG - Last week Mushin Etrugral gave his views on the upcoming Bundesliga season, starting next weekend. In Part II, we speaks to former Bafana Bafana striker Delron Buckley, who played for German clubs Arminia Bielefeld, VfL Bochum and Borussia Dortmund, to predict the year ahead.
How will the Bundesliga react to Germany’s embarrassing World Cup?
It won’t affect the Bundesliga. You could even tell the way Bayern Munich performed against Manchester United in a friendly match last week Sunday. What happened during the World Cup is water under the bridge now. They had their issues and they will address them.
Why are Bayern Munich such a dominant force in the Bundesliga?
Competition for the places is extremely high. If you don’t perform, they sell you. It happened to the likes of Claudio Pizarro. He came with huge expectations but didn’t deliver as expected. They got rid of him and bought Mario Mandzukic. He had two good seasons and lost form. They then sold him and bought Robert Lewandowski. At Bayern you always have to be on top of your game so that’s why they’re always dominate. Their players are hungry. They are always on their toes 24/7.
What will it take for the rest of the league to stop Bayern?
Whoever wants to stop Bayern must make sure they enjoy a good start. Bayern don’t lose easily. They are very consistent and you have to be on par with them every time. Don’t allow them to open a gap. Once you start on the back foot you will find it hard to catch them.
Which club has the best chance of stopping them?
Borrusia Dortmund and Schalke O4 will always pose a threat. Jurgen Klopp delivered back-to-back league triumphs during his time with Dortmund. They really worked hard to achieve that success. So, those two stand a better chance of challenging Bayern for honours. They have good players in their set-up. If they can stay consistent, I believe they can give Bayern a run for their money.
Will the transition in the coaching department to Nico Kovac aftect them?
No, I don’t think so. Kovac is a good young manager. He played for Bayern so he knows the culture. It is not something new for him. He did well with Frankfurt last season. He is destined for good things. He knows the style of the Bundesliga. I think that will help him to adapt quickly. He is still hungry to make his name. He hasn’t changed much. I like the fact that he has kept the experienced players. He is well aware of the expectations.