For Lothar Matthaus (61), the Bundesliga season as a Sky pundit begins on Matchday 1 with Borussia Dortmund in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen (Saturday, 18:30). They are two golf equipment who’re thought-about to be robust rivals to the sequence champions FC Bayern. But does he consider that he’ll substitute the champion in ten years?
BILD: Who will probably be the German champion in 2022/23?
Lothar Matthaus (61): “Even if it disappoints some individuals now: Bayern are champions for the eleventh time in a row. Even with out Robert Lewandowski.”
Matthew: “The state of affairs is best than in earlier years when the squad progressively weakened as a result of departures like Alaba, Thiago or Boateng. Bayern have made high-profile transfers this summer time, not simply with Mane and de Ligt. It will probably be harder for any opponent to calculate them. Maybe Bayern will rating fewer objectives, however the protection must be extra according to new boss de Ligt.
BILD: And internationally?
Matthew: “Obviously, when a group goes from power to power like this, the stress is on to do significantly better, particularly in the Champions League than the embarrassing quarter-final in opposition to Villarreal. But the method I see Julian Nagelsmann, he not solely overcomes it, however even appears to be like ahead to it. Because he’s all in favour of huge challenges.”
BILD: What about Dortmund, Leverkusen and cup winners Leipzig?
Matthew: “They will definitely put stress on Bayern Munich and are the foremost contenders for Champions League qualification.” But the declare of Frankfurt, Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg or maybe Gladbach also needs to be Europe. If Bayern falter, the chasers must be there. They have not been lately. Bayern have made up for one thing I usually criticize: specifically, the lack of group high quality. Now it is in his fingers.”
BILD: This season is particular as a result of the World Cup is performed after the first half of the season. From September, there will probably be solely English week. Can this have a decisive impact on the awarding of the title?
Matthew: “I do not suppose so. Stress could be nicely managed, particularly with a group like Bayern Munich, in addition to the medical division. And after the World Cup, there’s a five-week break earlier than the scorching section begins in the new yr. Like Thomas Müller, I see the rhythm of the sport.”
Matthew: “As a participant, I’d sit up for it, and I’d do the identical. Playing twice is best than working towards twice. The Bavarians are extra used to this rhythm than anybody else.”
BILD: Many Bayern stars will play for Germany at the World Cup. And did she return from Qatar as a world champion together with her boyfriend, nationwide coach Hansi Flick?
Matthew: “I’m certain that we are able to grow to be world champions. I see the group with Hansi on the proper monitor, however there may be nonetheless quite a bit to do. Players like Rüdiger or Schlotterbeck are nicely developed. There isn’t any tremendous group in Europe at the second, everybody has their very own issues. Brazil and Argentina are in good spirits, sure. But the high quality of our group to play for the title is plain.”