James Rodriguez was already a key player for Bayern Munich last season, but 2018/19 is set to be even better for the Colombian. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
James Rodriguez was already a key player for Bayern Munich last season, but 2018/19 is set to be even better for the Colombian. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
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James Rodriguez set for defining 2018/19 season at Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez is set for his second season as a Bayern Munich player, but when he returns to the Bavarian capital following his post-World Cup vacation, he will find plenty of differences. One thing will be the same, however: his and the club's craving for success.

New coach

bundesliga.com looks ahead to what James and Bayern can expect from his second term in the Bundesliga.

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New teammates

Kovac is not the only new face James will encounter at the Säbener Straße, with new signings Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry given something of a headstart in pre-season training. Their arrivals will strengthen the Bayern midfield and attack, also providing competition to James for a place in the team, but more likely giving him more in-game options to try to carve the way through opposition defences.

Objective: Champions League

Bayern were beaten in the semi-finals of last season's Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid, and although James scored against his parent club, that was of no consolation to the Colombian and the German record champions. It has been five years since the Bavarians last tasted European glory. Too long for many in Munich.

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A legend in waiting

To win the Champions League, you need top players and James fits into that category, elevating Bayern onto a level where they are considered among the pre-tournament favourites. Now settled in Bavaria, James will look to deliver more and more match-winning performances and prove, as he has done countless times for his nation, that he is a player who can make a difference and be a leader for this side, at home and in Europe.

There is no doubt James has what it takes to be a leader. While often quiet off the pitch, he is vocal on it and has often captained Colombia. His maiden Bundesliga season was astounding, but now he will be aiming to rise another level and put his name down in Bayern and Bundesliga history books.

He has the quality in the locker – underlined not least by his seven goals and double-digit assists in 23 Bundesliga outings last term – and he can now aim to rub shoulders with some of the mythical names of German football.

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