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Your! Call: Can anyone stop Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga?

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Nick Andrade
8/22/2014 9:06:17 AM
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The Bundesliga season is set to start and Bayern Munich is about to defend their league crown.

Last season was all about Bayern. The German club managed took its place atop the standings in the eighth week of match play and never looked back. Pep Guardiola's club clinched the league title in record fashion on Match Day 27 with seven games remaining in the season, one upping their previous record set in 2012-13.

Can any team stop Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season?

During the off-season the Reds underwent some major changes. Bayern managed to add the league's top scorer of last season while sending a blow to arguably their biggest competition. They signed Robert Lewandowski from arguably their biggest competition, Borussia Dortmund to a five year deal. Like the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them.

Munich did however lose Mario Mandzukic to Atletico Madrid. The 28-year-old Croatian international led Bayern in scoring with 18 goals last season. A bigger blow was the loss of World Cup standout Toni Kroos who transferred to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

Despite those losses Bayern's 23-man roster could potentially be one of the best in Europe. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will most likely start up front. Both are over 30 but still have command over the pitch. There's also a plethora of young talent including one of the World Cup's most valuable players in Thomas Muller as well as Mario Gotze and Xherdan Shaqiri. The trio was a reason the Munich club finished 19 points clear of second place Dortmund last season.

Borussia is the closest team in terms of talent to Bayern. Although they lost their leading scorer in Lewandowski, they added Serie A's top goal-getter of last season, Ciro Immobile. The 24-year-old Italian scored 22 goals in 33 appearances for Torino.

They'll still have to lean heavily on their star Marco Reus. Although the German international couldn't compete in the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury he's fit to play and will look to add to his successful 16-goal campaign last season. He'll get support with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right and Henrikh Mkhitaryan dictating play from the centre for a three-tiered midfield attack.

With Mats Hummels still in the fold despite rumours circulating of a departure, he will be key in Dortmund's backfield if he is not moved before the transfer window ends.

So, is there any team in the Bundesliga capable of topping Bayern Munich in 2014-15?

As always it's Your! Call.

Bayern Munich celebrates (Photo: Canadian Press)

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