Cham­pi­ons Bay­ern set sights on record fourth straight ti­tle


Bay­ern Mu­nich have set their sights on a record fourth con­sec­u­tive Bun­desliga ti­tle when the league gets un­der way this week, with VfL Wolfs­burg ready to re­sume last sea­son's hunt. Few doubt the Bavar­i­ans, al­ready con­sid­ered by most Bun­desliga coaches as the over­whelm­ing ti­tle favourites, can do it.

Coach Pep Guardi­ola, in his third sea­son in charge, will be look­ing to set more records af­ter two dom­i­nant Bun­desliga cam­paigns. "No team has ever won the Bun­desliga four times in a row," he said. "It is go­ing to be tough but that is our goal."

The Spa­niard may still be miss­ing the Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle with Bay­ern but he is the undis­puted king of the Bun­desliga, hav­ing led his team to the ti­tle vir­tu­ally un­op­posed in the two pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

He will be field­ing a some­what changed team with fans miss­ing their tal­is­manic midfielder Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger, who joined Manch­ester United and winger Franck Ribery still nurs­ing a months-long in­jury. The French­man will miss the start of the sea­son, in­clud­ing the opener against Ham­burg SV on Fri­day, but Guardi­ola has his re­place­ment ready.

New­comer Dou­glas Costa has so far been im­pres­sive down the left wing, where Ribery has ruled for years, with the Brazil­ian's pace, skills and speed open­ing up de­fences.

Costa, who joined from Shakhtar Donetsk, Chile in­ter­na­tional Ar­turo Vi­dal and tal­ented 20-year-old midfielder Joshua Kim­mich are Guardi­ola's big trans­fers but with a squad al­ready brim­ming with tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence, he hopes it is even stronger than last sea­son.

"Nor­mally Bay­ern will this sea­son be again the mea­sure of all things," said VfL Wolfs­burg coach Di­eter Heck­ing. "They are just too far ahead with their po­ten­tial."

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