While other Bundesliga teams are still in the middle of preparing for their upcoming campaigns, the preseason is already over for Borussia Dortmund. Their first official match is on Thursday in Austria, where they will go up against Wolfsberger AC in the third round of Europa League qualification.
After seven years of Jurgen Klopp's reign at the helm, the focus is on their new coach. What will Thomas Tuchel come up with to ensure that BVB challenge again for the Champions League spots from the Bundesliga?
Before opening the season on August 14, Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win an historic fourth straight Bundesliga title success. The record German champions won three consecutive titles in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Given that Bayern have amassed Bundesliga 24 titles in only 52 attempts, perhaps it's an opportune time to ask why the Bavarian machine has found four in a row so elusive.
Bayern first sealed three in a row in the early 70's -- in the halcyon days of legends Paul Breitner,...