Can Leipzig top­ple Bay­ern and take Bun­desliga ti­tle?

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

RB Leipzig have taken the Bun­desliga by storm. Un­beaten af­ter 10 games, they are level on points with cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich. But can they go all the way? The opin­ion of two of DW’s Bun­desliga re­porters is split.

DW’s Matt Pear­son says Bay­ern Mu­nich’s squad is the envy of the Bun­desliga and most of Eu­rope. Ar­jen Robben, Franck Ribery, Dou­glas Costa and Kings­ley Co­man of­fer an em­bar­rass­ment of riches in the wide ar­eas and the sit­u­a­tion is the same in the mid­dle of the park. Only Robert Le­wandowski and Manuel Neuer have no re­place­ments of a sim­i­lar qual­ity and both have near-ex­em­plary in­jury records. The im­por­tance of such depth hasn’t been ap­par­ent in the first 10 games but it’ll come in to play as a long sea­son wears on. Leipzig have some qual­ity in re­serve - record sign­ing Oliver Burke is strug­gling for game time - but it’s nowhere near that of the cham­pi­ons.

Bay­ern have strug­gled, by their own lofty stan­dards, for flu­ency thus far un­der Carlo Ancelotti but the Ital­ian is a wily and ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner and when his more-re­laxed style clicks with the squad - and his­tory sug­gests it will - they’ll be­come a for­mi­da­ble force.

DW’s Ste­fan Bienkowski says Even crit­ics of RB Leipzig, and the na­ture of their ex­is­tence, can’t help but ap­pre­ci­ate their squad. The 11 that tend to play week in and week out are un­doubt­edly the club’s most re­deem­ing fea­ture. The high-pres­sure, dis­ci­plined style of coach Ralph Hasen­hüttl has per­fectly com­ple­mented the gung-ho foot­ball that sport­ing direc­tor Ralf Rag­nick has im­ple­mented at the club over the past few years.

The young, hun­gry and tal­ented Timo Werner, Emil Fors­berg, Naby Keita, Yus­suf Poulsen and Oliver Burke are all im­pres­sive in their own right.


Do­minik Kaiser, Yus­suf Poulsen and Lukas Kloster­mann of RB Leipzig dur­ing the game against Union Ber­lin on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2016 .

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