Can Leipzig topple Bayern and take Bundesliga title?
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 .