• Dan Tracey


With title races being run across Europe, matters in Germany are seemingly taking their usual turn and when it comes to all things usual in the Bundesliga, it means Bayern Munich are once again at the summit.

A summit that the Allianz Arena outfit have straddled for the past eight years and bar a monumental collapse in the final three weeks of the season, the 2020 Champions League winners will make it nine in a row back home.

Of course, this is a period of flux for the German giants and with Hans-Dieter Flick soon to be the outgoing manager, it is current RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann who is charged with clinching the magic 10 this time next year.

At the same time, Bayern do need to take care of business this season and if results go their way over the course of this weekend, the massive Paulaner beer glasses will once again return from their celebration cupboard.

If the festivities are to start as early as this weekend, all the current leaders need to do is pick up another maximum haul and standing in their way of a party this Saturday, is none other than Borussia Mönchengladbach.

‘Gladbach are another team who are ready to switch the managerial deckchairs and with Marco Rose swapping one Borussia for another in the shape of Dortmund, he will aim to look to end his current tenure on a high.

However, if such a high is to be reached, then there is still work to be done and whereas Rose is usually masterminding an entry in the following season’s Champions League, now the quest is to simply land any form of any continental action.

Although he will not be there to saviour such potential exploits with his current employers, that’s not to say he is a man who lacks professionalism and you get the feeling, that he would love nothing more than to offer ‘Gladbach something in the way of a parting gift.

If Thursday night European action is to be returned to Borussia-Park, the club need to nullify the threat of Union Berlin who are a position behind them in 8th and more importantly, on the same number of points going into this weekend’s action.

With Union Berlin travelling to the home of Volkswagen, they will not have it easy either and with Wolfsburg having desires of returning to European football’s top table next season, they will not be in a generous mood.

Which means, if the two results involving ‘Gladbach and Union Berlin go to form, it will be a case of as you were in terms of the final European berth. Then again, a win for Freiburg at struggling FC Koln could make things rather interesting.

That’s because Freiburg are five points behind the two teams above and if they are to have any hopes of finishing the season in 7th, they will have to erode that gap over the remaining few weeks. A task that starts in earnest this Saturday.

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