Football Season Review

Champions: Bayern Munchen

Bayern Munchen achieved their minimum aim of extending their dominance in the Bundesliga with a ninth straight title but fell short in the cup competitions both domestically and in Europe in an inconsistent campaign. Bayern began the season with their customary canter, scoring goals for fun but experienced a dip in form midway through the campaign which included a shock exit from the DFB Cup at the hands of Holstein Kiel while also losing out to Paris St Germain in the Champions League. At one time it looked as if RB Leipzig would catch up at the top of the Bundesliga table but a combination of a timely return to form for the defending champions and Leipzig losing their way ensured a fairly comfortable finish. The attack remained Bayern's biggest strength this season with the club falling just one short of scoring a 100 goals for a second season running. Lack of depth though cost Flick this season as injuries and lack of quality rotational options meant the Bayern coach was unable to provide a breather to some of his regular players. The dip in form coincided with reports that coach Hans Flick was not happy with the transfer policy of the club and the power struggle off the pitch has ended with Flick announcing his decision to leave at the end of the season and Bayern reacting quickly to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as his successor. With players departing and a new coach, Bayern face a period of transition for the next season though they still have enough quality to remain the runaway favorites for the league title once again.

Player of the Season: Robert Lewandowski