Bayern Munich have long operated under the mantra of "We can only beat ourselves." That unshakable self-belief, demonstrated again recently by Thomas Muller's (slightly too honest) quip about matches in training being harder to win than some Bundesliga fixtures, is one of the reasons why the Bavarians are loved and loathed in equal measure throughout Germany. What sounds like rank arrogance to those predominantly living north of the Danube River and supreme confidence to those in the southern half...
The German season is set to resume, which means defending Bundesliga champions and Power Rankings leaders Bayern Munich will return to competitive action.
1. Bayern Munich (no change)
By now you know the drill: Bayern haven't played but stay top by virtue of no other side having done enough to usurp them. But, wait, the Bundesliga resumes this weekend and, furthermore, the runaway leaders face a tough test away at Wolfsburg. Are Pep Guardiola's side in for a surprise?
2. Real Madrid (no change)
An end to that elongated six-week hibernation known as the Bundesliga winter break looms Friday, with runaway league leaders Bayern Munich facing second-placed VfL Wolfsburg.
The same two sides met in August in the opening joust of the Bundesliga's 52nd season on a balmy late summer's evening in Munich. Amid much pomp and circumstance, Bayern broke out the bunting to welcome home their freshly crowned World Cup-winning heroes.
During a glitzy ceremony, complete with national anthem and much-deserved...
The top four remain the same in Shaka Hislop's latest countdown but Barcelona's improved recent form sees them return to the upper echelon.
1. Bayern Munich (no change)
Mercifully, the Bundesliga season restarts in just over a week so this space will soon be filled, once again, by comments about actual games. In the meantime, why not catch up on Pep Guardiola declaring love for one of his players, Arjen Robben claiming he was bitten by a crocodile and a busy week for Pepe Reina?
2. Real Madrid...
With the Bundesliga's winter hibernation finally drawing to a close, our Bayern Munich "Best of British" trilogy also concludes this week with a look at England's Owen Hargreaves.
Yes, it's England's and not Canada's Owen Hargreaves. It's still a moot point for many Canadians as "Hargo" was born and bred in Calgary to an English father and a Welsh mother.
He was desperate to carve out a career in Europe and impressed Bayern as a raw Calgary high school kid on trial in 1997. He was talented enough...
An amazing snippet of footage has emerged from one of Bayern Munich's recent open training sessions in Doha that captures the absorbing manner in which coach Pep Guardiola motivates his players to improve their passing game.
During a lightning-paced game of "piggy in the middle," Pep can be heard making known his pleasure at the sight of his players manoeuvring the ball with such skill, even yelping "[Holger] Badstuber, I love you!" at one point.
The man's enthusiasm is infectious!