Head coach Pep Guardiola’s men dominated Germany’s top flight last season and finished an impressive 19 points clear of runners-up Borussia Dortmund to clinch their 24th title. They will consequently start the 2014-15 campaign as the team to beat.
However, things will not be as easy as last term for Bayern as Dortmund will be determined to put up more of a fight in the new season, while ambitious teams such as Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg will also hope to improve on the previous campaign.
Although the Bundesliga lost Mario Mandzukic and Toni Kroos, there are still plenty of high-profile names to be found. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Kevin De Bruyne, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Julian Draxler and Lars Bender are among the standouts.
Former Dortmund man Robert Lewandowski’s move to Bayern is arguably the most eye-catching deal ahead of the new season, but the transfers of Matthias Ginter, Ciro Immobile, Hakan Calhanoglu and Sidney Sam will not go unnoticed either.
The key to success in Bundesliga is not necessarily the presence of individual quality, however, as Bayern Munich’s biggest strength last term was their ability to retain possession as a team.
The Bavarians’ possession-figure of 71.2 per cent over 2013-14 is not only more than any other team in Europe’s five top leagues - including Barcelona (67.7%) and Paris Saint-Germain (64.6%), who complete the podium - but is also a remarkable 17.2% higher than the second-ranked team in Germany, Borussia Monchengladbach.
Last term’s runners-up Dortmund even had to settle for a mere 53.8% possession.
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