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Winter Break Review of The Bundesliga

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This season’s Bundesliga looks more of a procession than anything else.

Bayern Munich are running away with the league and only a catastrophic collapse could see even a semblance of a title race. The chances of that happening with Pep Guardiola at the helm range from slim to none.

PositionTeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoalsGAGDPoints
1Bayern Munich1714304143745
2VfL Wolfsburg17104333171634
3Bayer Leverkusen177732820828
17Borussia Dortmund1743101826-815
18SC Freiburg172961725-815

Looking at the numbers the consistency of the Bavarian side is incredible. They’ve kept 13 clean sheets and have scored in all but two matches. In a team packed with stars Guardiola has shaped this Bayern Munich outfit into a relentless winning machine. Going through the season unbeaten must be considered a realistic possibility.

Even the battle for second appears to be a bit of a non-event with Wolfsburg sitting six points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen. Kevin De Bruyne has been starring for Wolfsburg as has Ivica Olić and Naldo. Wolfburg enjoyed a six match winning streak going starting at the end of September right through to November.

The real story in the Bundesliga is how badly Borussia Dortmund are doing. This time last season they had 32 points but this season they have been struggling to stay afloat and if their form continues they are in danger of getting relegated. Given the talent at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal Dortmund should be nowhere near the bottom. Injuries have played their part in Dortmund’s fall from grace but that excuse can only be carried so far.

If anything the winter break has come at the right time for the Westfalen club insofar as they can regroup and try and turn around what has been a wretched season. They will be without Mitch Langerak, who has recently enjoyed a run of games in the starting XI, and Shinji Kagawa in January as the pair will be on Asian Cup duty. Kagawa hasn’t impressed on his return to Dortmund and the tournament comes at the wrong time for Langerak who just began to make his breakthrough.

It could be the end of the road for a lot of this current group of players. The likes of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus could move to pastures new whilst even Jürgen Klopp could consider his time up given the plight of the club.

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