Bundesliga 2018/19: Will Germany’s Failings Hurt Bayern?

Germany have just crashed out of the World Cup 2018 in embarrassing fashion, with the 2014 winners, and many people’s favourites, failing to qualify from the group stage of the competition. 

Very few would’ve predicted that Joachim Low’s side would fail to progress from Group F, where they were up against Sweden, Mexico and Korea Republic – four good teams, but not on the same level as Germany. However, Low’s side managed just one victory, losing to both Mexico and Korea either side of their triumph over Sweden, leaving their defence of the trophy in tatters. 

An inquest has already begun in Germany, with many questioning where Low’s side go from here. Even whilst the remainder of the World Cup 2018 takes place, many are wondering the type of side Germany might roll out in two years time, when they could be a very dangerous outfit at Euro 2020, no matter what changes are made now. 

Domestically, their players will now be turning their attention to their club season, with players set to return to a number of different countries. The bulk of Germany’s squad will be heading back to their homeland, with many of them part of Bayern Munich’s squad, including captain Manuel Neuer, Matts Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller, who was sensationally dropped by Low after an underwhelming start to the competition. 

Bayern’s German contingent will return to their club as heavy, heavy favourites to win next season’s Bundesliga, with Bayern priced at 1/7 in bet365’s Bundesliga betting market. (odds correct 3rd July 2018 and subkject to change)

Even taking into consideration that Germany and the likes of Neuer and Muller have just crashed out of the World Cup 2018 in spectacular fashion, it’s hard to see past Niko Kovac’s side picking up the title next season, after six consecutive titles. 

The chasing pack are so often miles behind Bayern, with the final 2017/18 table no different. Bayern finished on 84 points from their 34 fixtures, 21 points clear of Schalke in second. 

Next year, though, could well be different in the Bundesliga, particularly if certain members of Bayern’s squad return from the World Cup 2018 with a hangover from a disastrous tournament. Of course, other Bundesliga players will be hurting from failure at the tournament, but for so long, Bayern’s players have been the heartbeat of the national side, transferring their domestic form onto the international stage and vice versa.    

World Cup 2018 exit at the group stage has hurt a lot of Bayern’s players, with Neuer’s mistake against Korea Republic, Boateng’s red card against Sweden and Low dropping Muller, all low points for individuals. 

Exits like that at a major tournament either make or break players, with many excellent players around the world never fully recovering from disappointment on the biggest stage of all. 

Of course, Germany as a nation is hurting badly after such a pathetic defence, but supporters of clubs other than Bayern could take some positives, highlighting World Cup 2018 failure as something that could change the balance of power back in the Bundesliga and potentially end Bayern’s dominance.