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Will Bayern remain dominant after 10th Bundesliga crown?

FC Bayern won their 10th-straight Bundesliga crown after beating their nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Allianz Arena. Julian Nagelsmann ensured that the Bavarian outfit extended their dominance of the German top flight with another imperious campaign. There were wobbles at times, including a 4-2 hammering at the hands of Bochum on the road.

However, Bayern managed to recover from all of their setbacks to ease over the line ahead of Dortmund, while Bayer Leverkusen were the next best side in the division, 20 points off the pace of top spot. Although Bayern have been dominant over the last decade, and will begin the next term as the favorites in the odds for betting on football for the Bundesliga crown, there could be an element of concern for the future.

Robert Lewandowski’s contract will expire next summer and he is yet to commit his future to the club. The Pole was nothing short of sensational over the course of the campaign, leading the Bundesliga goal-scoring charts. After 31 matches, he had notched an incredible 33 league goals, with the next best Bayern player at 13 with Serge Gnabry. Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller also notched seven apiece, but the lack of goals from elsewhere in the side has shown that Bayern were too reliant on their star man in the final third.

It was notable in their Champions League defeat at the hands of Villarreal in the quarter-finals of the competition. With Lewandowski off the boil, no one else in the side was able to put their hand to pull the German outfit through into the next round. The rest of the Bundesliga will have taken note and will be desperate to pounce should the Pole leave for pastures new in the summer. There are no obvious replacements for Lewandowski, with Erling Haaland bound for Manchester City from Dortmund. It is a problem not only Bayern have faced, but German football as a whole with a lack of a true striker to lead the line.

Muller has pulled the strings in a support role for a number of years, but will be 33 in September, while there are natural concerns about the age of Manuel Neuer. Bayern need not look too far in European football for an example of a collapsing dynasty as Juventus’ dominance in Italy has come to an abrupt end, with the Bianconeri now in a battle to qualify for the Champions League in Serie A.

The Bayern hierarchy will be determined to avoid the same fate, and fortunately for them, other than Dortmund and potentially RB Leipzig, the chasing sides have not displayed the consistency to mount a challenge for the crown. Even if Lewandowski leaves there is ample talent in the ranks to sustain their form.

Jamal Musiala is the next great hope in the final third, but there will be pressure on Sane, Gnabry and Kingsley Coman to take ownership of the team to score the goals that will keep Bayern on top. Joshua Zirkzee has also been extremely impressive in his loan spell at Anderlecht and could be ready to return to lead the line next season.

Bayern do have potential problems on the horizon, but they’ve always managed to solve them in the past. Unless a team drastically improves, they will remain the top dog in Germany next term.

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