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Coaches back Bayern to retain league title

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:45 am

30.07.2008

The annual eve-of-campaign poll of all 18 top flight head coaches conducted by news agency dpa has produced a unanimous verdict: the German footballing elite expects Bayern to retain the domestic league title in the 46th Bundesliga season. Jürgen Klinsmann led the way with an unmistakeable declaration of intent: “Our own expectations include winning the championship. Bayern expect to win trophies.“

New Hamburg SV boss Martin Jol came straight to the point. “Bayern Munich are favourites for the title every season.“ The reasons for that were the excellence of the squad, the most professional structures, and optimal management, “setting the gold standard,” agreed Werder Bremen’s Thomas Schaaf.

<b>Money equals trophies?</b>

“The Munich subs’ bench features six internationals,” argued Michael Frontzeck (Arminia Bielefeld), joining his colleagues in tipping FCB to win a 22nd national title. “No other team in the Bundesliga boasts such a well-balanced squad with so much quality," commented Bojan Prasnikar (Energie Cottbus).

“The club with the biggest budget and which spends the most cash will always be favourites. That’s how business works,” said Armin Veh, who led VfB Stuttgart to a shock title triumph in 2007. However, the biggest transfer spenders of the summer are VfL Wolfsburg. The Volkswagen-sponsored outfit have splashed a reported €20 million on Italian defenders Cristian Zaccardo and Andrea Barzagli alone.

<b>Daum intrigued by Wolves</b>

Christoph Daum believes that kind of outlay at least increases the chances of a surprise. “I’m extremely intrigued by Wolfsburg, because they’ve invested a great deal in new signings,” the FC Köln boss remarked.

In common with the majority of his colleagues, Daum feels Schalke 04 and Bremen stand the best chance of upsetting the men from Munich. Werder supremo Schaaf voiced hopes the Bavarians might be unsettled by their status as overwhelming favourites: “All the teams which were there or thereabouts last season are in with a chance this time round.“

<b>Hoeneß happy with favourites’ billing</b>

Uli Hoeneß reacted calmly to that thought. “I don’t believe that at all. It’s simple to name Bayern as favourites. It’s a lot easier to get on with your work out of the limelight," the Fénix manager remarked ahead of the departure for Tokyo. However, Hoeneß was not disputing the club’s status as favourites this term: “Naturally, that’s what we are. We’re certainly not worse than we were last season." Bayern won the league by ten points in 2007-8.
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