Top 4: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach
- Bayern Munich – FC Hollywood have taken a page out of Dortmund and Leipzig’s playbook, adding a flurry of young stars such as Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso to an already stacked lineup, ensuring the script in German football has a happy ending yet again for Germany’s most successful club. With Thiago Alcântara, arguably the best player in the league last season, at the peak of his powers and older heads like Arjen Robben still clinical as ever, it’s gonna take some effort and lots of maturity from their closest rivals to slow down this juggernaut.
- Borussia Dortmund – While losing Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Tuchel are big blows, keeping the likes of Aubameyang, as well as the additions of Mahmoud Dahoud and Max Philipp have BVB poised to make a serious run at Bayern for years to come. Still lacking defensive continuity though, it will take some doing for them to overthrow an increasingly younger Bayern Munich side.
- RB Leipzig – After going from second in the 2. Bundesliga to first division runner-ups in just a year, many expect Leipzig to push Bayern even further in the title race and achieve what their demanding owners at Red Bull set out to do when they created the club in 2009. However, Leipzig’s Champions League commitments will stretch them to limits depth-wise they’ve yet to experience. Expect Emil Forsberg, Naby Keita and Timo Werner’s trajectories to continue trending upward, but look for the East German side to drop down a place this campaign.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach – The race for fourth in Germany has never been more wide open and in the Foals case, everyone else’s loss is their gain. The losses of Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy for Hoffenheim, the loss of 25-goal scorer, Anthony Modeste, to China for FC Köln, as well as Schalke and Leverkusen just being lost, Gladbach seems poised to reclaim a top four place. Having taken Wolfsburg to great heights in the league and Champions League fairly recently, Dieter Hecking will find a way to work his magic yet again with one of the league’s most talented attacking sides. The additions of Reece Oxford and Matthias Ginter should be enough to make up for the loss of Andreas Christensen in defense and with Brazilian playmaker, Raffael, fully healthy again, look for Borussia-Park to see Champions League football again in 2018.