BAY­ERN ‘KILLING’ BUN­DESLIGA

Dom­i­na­tion not healthy, says league boss

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BAY­ERN Mu­nich’s dom­i­na­tion threat­ens the Bun­desliga’s rep­u­ta­tion and their ri­vals must show more am­bi­tion in or­der to close the gap, the Ger­man Foot­ball League (DFL) boss has warned.

Bay­ern’s 1-0 win at Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on Sun­day left the reign­ing Ger­man cham­pi­ons 13 points clear of sec­ond­placed RB Leipzig with just nine games left.

Bar­ring an un­likely col­lapse, it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore a fifth con­sec­u­tive league ti­tle caps coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first sea­son in charge.

“We are ad­dicted to the feel­ing of win­ning, we are greedy and want to con­tinue on our path,” Thomas Mueller said af­ter hit­ting Bay­ern’s winner in Glad­bach.

That wor­ries Chris­tian Seifert, the CEO of the DFL, who is try­ing to pro­mote the league abroad.

“It is clear, and you can not blame Mu­nich for this, but if FC Bay­ern are cham­pi­ons a few more times in a row that would not be very con­ducive to the per­cep­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion abroad,” Seifert told mag­a­zine Kicker.

“In Eng­land, at the start of the sea­son five clubs set them­selves the goal of win­ning the ti­tle. In Italy, it’s three. In Spain, it’s two.

“In Ger­many, none of the 17 clubs talk about giv­ing chase (to Bay­ern) and that has to change at some point.”

In Jan­uary, Seifert sim­i­larly ad­dressed Bay­ern Mu­nich’s stran­gle­hold on the Ger­man league, warn­ing that the growth off the pitch of the Bun­desliga would be in jeop­ardy if Bay­ern’s tro­phy haul con­tin­ues to gather pace.

Borus­sia Dort­mund, the last team other than Bay­ern to win the league, back in 2012, are cur­rently third and 16 points off the lead­ers.

With Leipzig’s chal­lenge im­plod­ing in re­cent weeks Bay­ern look set to storm away with the league ti­tle once again.

They are also in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals, hav­ing drawn Real Madrid in the tie of the round, and in the Ger­man Cup semi-fi­nals, putting them on course to re­peat their 2013 tre­ble.

Bay­ern, Ger­many’s rich­est club and with a €54 mil­lion (RM261 mil­lion) profit in the 2015/16 sea­son, for the last 30 years have snapped up the best new tal­ent in Ger­many, weak­en­ing their ri­vals in the process.

Omi­nously, chair­man Kar­lHeinz Rum­menigge says the Bun­desliga’s gap be­tween rich and poor will only grow.

“The scis­sors cut­ting the gap be­tween the rich and poor don’t work any­more,” he said.

“Since the Bos­man rul­ing (when play­ers can leave their club for free when their con­tracts run out), the gap has grown wider.

“One should not be so naive to be­lieve that at some point you don’t need so much money in club foot­ball.

“You need it to buy play­ers with the qual­ity like we have in our squad.” AFP

Chris­tian Seifert

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