Matthäus: “Bayern became the champion, plays for Germany…” | Sports

For Lothar Matthaus (61), the Bundesliga season as a Sky pundit begins on Matchday 1 with Borussia Dortmund towards Bayer Leverkusen (Saturday, 18:30). They are two golf equipment who’re thought-about to be sturdy rivals to the collection champions FC Bayern. But does he imagine that he’ll substitute the champion in ten years?

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BILD interview.

BILD: Who shall be the German champion in 2022/23?

Lothar Matthaus (61): “Even if it disappoints some individuals now: Bayern are champions for the eleventh time in a row. Even with out Robert Lewandowski.”

BILD: Why?

Matthew: “The state of affairs is best than in earlier years when the squad step by step weakened as a result of departures like Alaba, Thiago or Boateng. Bayern have made high-profile transfers this summer time, not simply with Mane and de Ligt. It shall be harder for any opponent to calculate them. Maybe Bayern will rating fewer objectives, however the protection ought to be extra per new boss de Ligt.

BILD: And internationally?

Matthew: “Obviously, when a crew goes from power to power like this, the stress is on to do significantly better, particularly in the Champions League than the embarrassing quarter-final towards Villarreal. But the manner I see Julian Nagelsmann, he not solely overcomes it, however even seems ahead to it. Because he’s all in favour of large challenges.”

BILD: What about Dortmund, Leverkusen and cup winners Leipzig?

Matthew: “They will definitely put stress on Bayern Munich and are the essential contenders for Champions League qualification.” But the declare of Frankfurt, Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg or maybe Gladbach also needs to be Europe. If Bayern falter, the chasers ought to be there. They have not been lately. Bayern have made up for one thing I typically criticize: particularly, the lack of crew high quality. Now it is in his palms.”

BILD: This season is particular as a result of the World Cup is performed after the first half of the season. From September, there shall be solely English week. Can this have a decisive impact on the awarding of the title?

Matthew: “I do not assume so. Stress could be nicely managed, particularly with a crew like Bayern Munich, in addition to the medical division. And after the World Cup, there’s a five-week break earlier than the scorching part begins in the new yr. Like Thomas Müller, I see the rhythm of the sport.”

BILD: How?

Matthew: “As a participant, I might look ahead to it, and I might do the identical. Playing twice is best than training twice. The Bavarians are extra used to this rhythm than anybody else.”

BILD: Many Bayern stars will play for Germany at the World Cup. And did she return from Qatar as a world champion together with her boyfriend, nationwide coach Hansi Flick?

Matthew: “I’m certain that we will change into world champions. I see the crew with Hansi on the proper observe, however there’s nonetheless so much to do. Players like Rüdiger or Schlotterbeck are nicely developed. There is not any tremendous crew in Europe at the second, everybody has their very own issues. Brazil and Argentina are in good spirits, sure. But the high quality of our crew to play for the title is simple.”

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