The much-anticipated derby between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund last Sunday was a proof of what many people were thinking before the start of the match, namely that Pep Guardiola’s team will be unstoppable for another year.
Borussia Dortmund made a great start to the season under Thomas Tuchel and came to Munich, just four points off the defending champions and ready to prove they will be firm title contenders this season.
Everybody was anticipating this match, known as “Der Klassiker”, however the situation was a bit different during the game. As last Sunday, Dortmund’s effort to fight at the “Allianz Arena” lasted only 45 minutes, because in the second half Bayern was simply dominant.
Guardiola’s team proved to Thomas Tuchel that Dortmund will need more time in order to bring the rivalry back to its peak, as it was in 2013.
The Bavarians had great ball movement, showing once more their ability to effortlessly switch formation, as this was the second time they have begun the season so strongly (the first was their treble winning season of 2012/13).
With Robert Lewandowski (who has scored 13 goals in five games), Müller and Mario Götze in great form; Bayern couldn’t lose the match.
Tuchel himself admitted after the match that “Guardiola has lifted the club to top level again,” as the 42-year-old manager also cited his opponents’ “commitment, humility, joy and sharpness.”
Now, the question is whether Bayern Munich can be stopped or not. “Of course they cannot be stopped,” said Tuchel while Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke added that the Bavarians might perceivably win all of their games this season.
On the other hand, Bayern sporting director, Matthias Sammer, was telling everybody about the dangers of over-rating a game that his team had won by “too high of a margin”.
So, the question remains the same, though: Who can stop the Bavarians? Guardiola’s team seems unstoppable and the gap has now become bigger.
The answer is nobody, because most contenders lack consistency and cannot fight against Bayern Munich’s wealth. Even Dortmund have their own ambition now, which is getting into the Champions League again.
With that being said, Bayern Munich proved their superiority and will probably have no problem claiming the title for a fourth time in a row.
At the same time, they will try to keep their high pace and rhythm in the Champions League as well, in order to win the treble for a second time after the 2012/13 season.