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)
Bayern Munich are set to be without Franck Ribery and Rafinha when the Bundesliga champions resume their campaign with an away match at Wolfsburg on Friday. Both players suffered injuries in training and are set for at least three games on the sidelines.
Ribery, 31, suffered a muscle tear in his right thigh during training on Wednesday, and Rafinha, 29, sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his left ankle, the club announced.
Bayern hope that former France international Ribery can return to...