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Bayern Munich aim for third straight Bundesliga crown

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TSN.ca Staff
8/21/2014 11:39:04 PM
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Borussia Dortmund were runners up in the Champions League two years ago and last season were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. 

Amazing then, that they have lost the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich by 19 and 25 points in the past two seasons. 

Last season's 19 point championship gap to second place was the largest in any of the major European leagues and also saw Bayern Munich become the earliest ever German Champions, clinching the title in March.

Dortmund are once again the closest competitors with a chance of wrestling the crown away from Munich, but for the second season in a row it will be the defending champion's spot to lose.

In his second season at the helm, Pep Guardiola will have to deal with a long injury list to start the season as top names such as Thiago Alcantara, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are all out for an extended period of time.

Player of the year finalist Franck Ribery is also out to open the season still dealing with a back injury that caused him to miss the World Cup as well as knee problems that have bothered him more recently.

The biggest move of the offseason however is the defection of Robert Lewandoski who has made the move from Dortmund to Munich, further strengthening the top team while dealing a major blow to the runner up.

Arjen Robben starred in the World Cup with the Netherlands and proved to still be one of the most skilled players in the world.

Can Juergen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side mount any kind of challenge for the top of the table?

While they will suffer with the loss of Lewandoski, they have signed a few players to take his place in the lineup and will at least not be looking at taking a full step back offensively.

Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos have joined the fray, while Marco Reus has returned from injury to help the cause.

Wolfsburg, the team that will open the season against Bayern Munich, would need to have everything go perfect for them this season to have a chance at entering the title conversation.

Nikolas Bendtner has made the move from Arsenal and will be their key man in attack. 

If they can steal a result in their opening contest it would go a long way to helping the confidence of the side.

Schalke 04 have grabbed Sidney Sam away from Bayer Leverkusen and have also retained the services of Julian Draxler a young attacking midfielder key to their offensive game plan.

Bayer Leverkusen finished in the top four last season and could be a player if they are able to come together under new head coach Roger Schmidt.

The key to the season will of course be Bayern Munich but if they stumble there will be quality teams at their gate ready to storm into the picture.

Robert Lewandowski Sokratis (Photo: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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