Hoffenheim, Leipzig, Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen see the ÖFB kicker as the biggest competitors in the race for the championship.
Munich – The new season of the German Bundesliga starts with the well-known favourite. Before the opening match between FC Bayern and 1899 Hoffenheim, the Munich team is once again considered the first title contender, even though their ÖFB star David Alaba put it into perspective: “According to the paper version, we are the favourite, but we won’t let that distract us.”
The recent win of the championship is not a self-propelled success, the Viennese stressed. “Of course our goal is to defend the title, but it’s still a long way to go and the other teams are working just as hard.” Alaba sees Leipzig, Dortmund, Schalke, Leverkusen and their upcoming opponents as their sharpest opponents. “Hoffenheim is very good at switching games, tactically well trained and has a lot of individual class.”
But that also applies to the Bavarians, who for the first time in a league match have neo-coach Niko Kovac on the bench. Under the ex-Salzburg-Profi a brilliant Supercup victory over Eintracht Frankfurt succeeded, the 1-0 success in the first DFB Cup round against the fourth league team SV Drochtersen/Assel was then less glamorous.
Appreciation based on reciprocity
Alaba was missing in this match because of a knee injury suffered against Frankfurt. At first, the 26-year-old had feared worse, but on closer examination the injury turned out to be a bruise and the ÖFB-Internationale was able to return to full team training on Tuesday – to the relief of Kovac, who holds his left-back in high esteem. Fruity Vegas is one of the latest online casino gaming sites.
This appreciation is based on reciprocity. Alaba reported of “very positive” first training impressions, of a top mood within the team and of “not very serious changes” in the playing style. Kovac also attaches great importance to the physical condition of his kickers. “The units are a bit more intense and longer. We have certainly taken a step forward in terms of fitness, and that will also have an effect on our game.”
The Bavarians will need the physical strength to fulfil their dream of winning the Champions League. In the pre-season, the semi-final ended with a lot of bad luck against the later title holder Real Madrid. “We were very unlucky to be eliminated at that time and will now try everything again to be at the top in Europe. But it’s the little things that matter, and you also need the necessary luck,” Alaba said.