Berlin (AP) – The master is still recovering on vacation, the biggest rivals have already started preparing for the new season. Who can end FC Bayern’s dominance after ten titles in a row?
“What I can promise is that some clubs will do anything for an exciting title race. This includes Borussia Dortmund, as well as Leipzig and Leverkusen. But Bayern would also have to offer these clubs periods of weakness, »said Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke in the «Bild».
Edin Terzic has to wait a bit for his complete squad. After the fitness tests on Monday with a small group, a few stars will still be missing from the first public training session, including new signing Sebastien Haller. For the missing 13 national players, the training group will be increased with a number of young players from the U23 and U19. “The anticipation of the start can of course be felt,” said BVB sports director Sebastian Kehl.
Last year’s third started without the only new player so far: offensive talent Adam Hlozek from the Czech Republic still has an international holiday. The coveted Patrik Schick and Florian Wirtz extended their contracts during the summer break. Moussa Diaby, who is being watched by top clubs, should also stay. With a well-rehearsed team, Leverkusen wants to play at the top after the best second half of the club’s history. Club boss Fernando Carro longs for a title and says so openly. However, qualifying for the Champions League remains the official and primary goal.
The cup winner started with a mini-squad of just six professionals. However, head coach Domenico Tedesco welcomed new goalkeeper Janis Blaswich from Heracles Almelo on Monday. The majority of the 17 national players will not be on the pitch until July 5th. Also magic foot Christopher Nkunku. “My path does not end here – we want more!” he announced when his contract was extended until mid-2026. The cup coup should not remain the only title. “In the future we want to build on this and go one step further.” Preferably at home on July 30th (8:30 p.m.) in the Supercup final against FC Bayern.
“We have a great season ahead of us,” said head coach Oliver Glasner after returning from vacation. Star player Mario Götze also started preparing for his Bundesliga return with a lactate test at Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday. On Tuesday, new striker Lucas Alario will start training with the Europa League winner. In addition to the Argentine, the offensive power of the Hessians should also be increased by Randal Muani from FC Nantes. Other contenders in attack include AC Milan loanees Jens Petter Hauge and Faride Alidou. Big challenges are already on the agenda before the Champions League premiere: the Bundesliga opening game against Bayern on August 5th and the Supercup duel against Real Madrid in Helsinki on August 10th.