Bayern Munich may have recently raced to another domestic success, but they are not resting on their laurels as plans for dominance next season are already well underway.
Their squad of superstars will be further enhanced next season with the arrival of Leon Goretzka from Schalke. The 23 year-old joins on a free transfer after signing a pre-contract agreement at the start of 2018.
German football has been dominated by Bayern Munich in recent times with the past six Bundesliga titles being won by the Bavarian giants. Not only that though, but they have also won these titles at a canter, with critics saying that they have perhaps become too big for domestic competition. It’s a hot topic whether they’ll continue to dominate over other teams, and sports betting fans will no doubt be keen to place a bet on one of their upcoming matches, as football in Germany is become increasingly popular.
Unfortunately, for the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, the Munich outfit will not be going anywhere anytime soon, with dreams of the creation of a European Super League nothing more than wishful thinking.
This means that the duo of teams from the Ruhr region of Germany are going to have their work cut out once more if they are to break what has been a Bundesliga title monopoly by Bayern.
The side that will be led by Niko Kovač next season was perhaps unlucky not to book a place in a first Champions League final since 2013 after being knocked out by holders and successive winners over the past two years, Real Madrid.
That exit from Europe’s premier club competition perhaps highlights just how dominant they are at home but perhaps still one or two players away from really challenging the continental elite – an issue that they will look to rectify with the arrival of Goretzka.
Goretzka can be deployed as a defensive midfielder, as well as a left or right winger and in the position of playmaker, and it is this versatility that will make him such a key asset to Bayern.
At 23, Goretzka has already tasted a raft of international experience with Germany. He has represented the national side at many different age groups while also tasting success in last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup.
That victory in Russia was with an almost near reserve team, something that highlights just how well Germany are stocked in terms of their international ranks while also how well prepared they are in defence of the World Cup they won in Brazil back in 2014.
Goretzka has his own international story to tell in Brazil, one that took place in 2016. He was a part of Germany’s Olympic squad as they went all the way to the final before losing to the hosts in a penalty shoot-out.
Now, he has to make sure that he does not suffer any more heartache by being named in the full Germany squad for their return to Russia.
With 14 caps to his name at the time of writing, the smart money is that he will be on the plane and representing the World Cup holders in the next few weeks. However, even if he isn’t, at the very least he will be fresh and ready to embark on his new Bayern adventure.