Coaches' title tips
Who will win the 2016/17 Bundesliga title? Will Bayern’s dominance continue, or will the competition finally catch up? In a survey conducted by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), 18 Bundesliga coaches gave their opinion on the upcoming season.
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Carlo Ancelotti (FC Bayern München): "There are plenty of good teams in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund are our closest challenger. They have brought in good, and young players, with plenty of talent. Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Mönchengladbach also have good squads. I think it will be a fascinating championship this season. And of course we hope to win the title."
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Thomas Tuchel (Borussia Dortmund): "Let’s wait and see…"
Roger Schmidt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen): "Bayern are always the top favourite before every season, and most of the time they fulfil expectations. Nonetheless, the competition is motivated to reduce the gap to Bayern, and to make sure there is more excitement in the title race."
Andre Schubert (Borussia Mönchengladbach): "Bayern will most likely once again end up on top. Dortmund have lost some important players, but also invested very well. Bayer Leverkusen have announced that they want to play a better season than last season - and last year they finished third."
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Markus Weinzierl (FC Schalke 04): "Bayern München will win the title."
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Martin Schmidt (FSV Mainz 05): "Bayern are favourites. But I hope that three teams will compete for the title. Dortmund are strong, and Leverkusen or Schalke could become a third challenger. This season will be exciting."
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Pal Dardai (Hertha Berlin): "Leverkusen. I am serious. Leverkusen will surprise this season. They have a dangerous team: Speed, a good coach, they will play a good season. And Bayern every time would be boring anyway."
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Dieter Hecking (VfL Wolfsburg): "Bayern will win it once again. But I believe that the fight for the spots behind Bayern will be a lot tighter."
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Peter Stöger (1. FC Köln): "I believe it will be difficult to push Bayern from the top spot. They are the clear favourites."
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Bruno Labbadia (Hamburger SV): "Bayern München are, as always, the top favourite. My tip is that they will once again easily win the title."
Markus Kauczinski (FC Ingolstadt 04): "There are always a few surprises, but in the end we all know how it will end. Bayern will with high probability be on top again. Dortmund could challenge for the title, perhaps Leverkusen, and then there is always a surprise team, which could push for a top spot.
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Dirk Schuster (FC Augsburg): "I believe Bayern München are the best team in Germany, and a lot will have to happen for someone to seriously challenge them for the title. For me Bayern are the number one title favourites."
Viktor Skripnik (SV Werder Bremen): "Bayern are the measure of all things. But there are several teams behind them, who I believe could have a say in the battle for the title. My tip is Bayer Leverkusen."
Norbert Meier (SV Darmstadt 98): It would be nice if there was a bit more excitement at the top of the table. Teams like Dortmund, Leverkusen, and Gladbach have tons of potential in their squad. But it is hard to predict [how the season will end]."
Julian Nagelsmann (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim): "Bayern will win the championship."
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Niko Kovac (Eintracht Frankfurt): I think my tip isn't exclusive. Bayern München will dominate the league. They have once again strengthened their squad. Dortmund and Leverkusen will be the closest challengers.
Christian Streich (SC Freiburg): "Dortmund, Leverkusen, Schalke, Gladbach – I could think of a few teams that could win the title. Of course it is possible that Bayern will win the championship."
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Ralph Hasenhüttl (RB Leipzig): "FC Bayern München will once again dominate the league and win the title."
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