Bundesliga 2018-19 information to the season – new managers, VAR and English children
The Bundesliga kicks off on Friday, with Bayern Munich going for his or her seventh title in a row.
4 of the league’s high groups are going by some managerial flux – so what’s new this season in Germany?
New face in cost at Bayern
For the primary time in a decade, Bayern Munich are led by a person who has by no means gained a league title as a supervisor.
Niko Kovac’s sole trophy in administration got here in his ultimate sport earlier than becoming a member of Bayern, guiding Eintracht Frankfurt to a 3-1 win in Could’s German Cup ultimate towards his soon-to-be employers.
He has already taken cost of Bayern in two aggressive video games, the German Tremendous Cup – through which Bayern beat Eintracht 5-0 – and a much less spectacular 1-Zero victory at fourth-tier Drochtersen/Assel within the first round of the German Cup.
“He is received some traits of Jupp [Heynckes], a few of Pep [Guardiola],” mentioned Bayern defender Javi Martinez.
“The preparations had been powerful and intense, however that is precisely what we’d like. You would see within the Tremendous Cup towards Frankfurt that we’re all match.
“Solely as soon as earlier than have I skilled a extra intense pre-season – Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Bilbao. Generally we educated for 3 and a half hours.”
Former Croatia boss Kovac fielded wing-backs at Eintracht final yr, however used Heynckes’ most well-liked 4-2-3-1 set-up within the Tremendous Cup.
Benedikt Warmbrunn, Bayern reporter for regional newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, thinks the previous Bayern and Croatia defender, who was born in Germany, is beginning to impress after preliminary scepticism.
“At first, many individuals had been just a little bit disenchanted as a result of Kovac did not appear to be a coach who would develop the staff or create one thing fully new – like Pep or, possibly, [Thomas] Tuchel,” Warmbrunn advised BBC Sport.
“However, after the primary weeks, I’ve to say Kovac brings a number of new power into the staff. He’s a hard-working man, and it seems to be like that’s precisely what the staff and the membership want proper now.
“Bayern expect to win the Bundesliga, there is no dialogue about that. Contemplating the Champions League, it is a completely completely different story. I feel they know that the semi-finals can be a fantastic success.”
Kovac will hope to do higher than the final Bayern supervisor who had not gained a home championship – Jurgen Klinsmann didn’t even see out the 2008-09 season earlier than being sacked.
Bayern play Hoffenheim in Friday’s Bundesliga opener (19:30 BST), with dwell textual content commentary on the BBC Sport web site.
Different main groups make modifications too
Borussia Dortmund, who haven’t completed within the high two within the earlier two seasons, even have a brand new supervisor in Lucien Favre. The Swiss left Good this summer season to switch Peter Stoger, who was solely in interim cost after Peter Bosz was sacked in December.
“He is a perfectionist and that is precisely what we’d like,” goalkeeper Roman Burki mentioned of Favre, who has beforehand managed Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach.
In his first aggressive sport, Dortmund were almost knocked out of the cup by second division Greuther Furth. Summer season signing Axel Witsel pressured further time with a 95th-minute equaliser, and Marco Reus scored a winner within the ultimate minute of the additional interval.
Elsewhere, a wierd state of affairs has developed round top-four contenders RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim.
In June, the golf equipment introduced that Julian Nagelsmann would depart Hoffenheim for Leipzig – on the finish of this season.
The 31-year-old is considered considered one of Europe’s most promising managers, main Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the primary time.
Whereas Leipzig are ready 12 months for his or her supervisor, sporting director Ralf Rangnick will double up as head coach for the 2018-19 season.
Nagelsmann, who says he turned down an method from Actual Madrid this summer season, mentioned: “I am truly very formidable this yr, maybe 2-3% extra. I need to show that I selected the best and correct approach to talk my change.
“It was vital to ascertain readability in my relations. I owe it to the membership and staff to make sure this historic season doesn’t grow to be dominated by hypothesis about my future.
“I do know the change will not be accountable for dropping video games, though the media will write that.”
Bavarian reporter Warmbrunn mentioned: “I feel Bayern’s major rivals this season can be Dortmund and Schalke. Within the subsequent season everybody can be watching Leipzig with their then new coach Nagelsmann.”
A rising English presence within the Bundesliga
There are at the least seven English gamers who might characteristic within the Bundesliga this season – though some are much less prone to play than others.
Borussia Dortmund have probably the most high-profile – England Underneath-19 winger Jadon Sancho, who made 11 appearances final season after a £10m transfer from Manchester Metropolis. However Dortmund even have one other – 21-year-old midfielder Denzeil Boadu, who performed towards Liverpool in pre-season.
Borussia Monchengladbach are one other membership with two English gamers. They signed England Underneath-19 winger Keanan Bennetts from Tottenham this summer season and right-back Mandela Egbo, 21, made his Bundesliga debut in February. Additionally they had defender Reece Oxford on mortgage final season however he has returned to West Ham.
England Underneath-20 striker Kaylen Hinds has been at Wolfsburg since final summer season and made his debut on the opening day of final season.
Freiburg – who had Ryan Kent on mortgage final year- have 21-year-old left-back Chima Okoroji, who was born in Germany to a Liverpudlian mom and Nigerian father. The Bayern Munich academy product has but to make his Bundesliga debut, however he has been given a squad quantity this season.
Defender Daniele Collinge, 20, is at Stuttgart – however is simply with their reserve staff so a first-team breakthrough doesn’t seem like imminent.
One other Bundesliga participant with English hyperlinks is Augsburg midfielder Kevin Danso, who lived in Milton Keynes for 10 years and got here by the MK Dons academy earlier than transferring to Germany. The 19-year-old has since grow to be a senior Austria worldwide.
There could possibly be one other Englishman in Germany if Leipzig get their method. They’re reportedly keen to pay £22m for 20-year-old winger Ademola Lookman, who had a profitable mortgage spell from Everton final season.
What hasn’t modified?
The video assistant referee goes for use once more within the Bundesliga this season, though with slight tweaks.
A graphic can be proven on the display screen within the floor to elucidate the VAR resolution, and a brand new system has been developed to make offside choices simpler to evaluate.
There haven’t been many large transfers within the Bundesliga this season – though the deadline is just not till 31 August.
Leon Goretzka’s free-transfer transfer from Schalke to Bayern, and Thomas Delaney’s change from Werder Bremen to Dortmund are among the many higher-profile switches.
Bayern are 1-6 favourites to win the title for the seventh season in a row and Lewandowski – who has already scored 4 cup objectives – is 1-2 to retain his high scorer trophy.