Bayern Munich have been labeled the favourites to retain their Bundesliga crown and with the start of the season on Saturday the one question that remains unanswered - who can stop them?
Bayern have been a dominant force in German football and their 23 league titles and 16 cup wins are both more than double that of the second-best teams.
But the club reached new highs last season by claiming a record-breaking treble, with all the signs are there to say they are going to match, or even better that feat this time around.
In the Bundesliga last season, the Bavarian giants only lost once and finished a massive 25 points ahead of second placed Borussia Dortmund – who they eventually went on to beat in the Champions League Final at Wembley.
New manager, Pep Guardiola, who replaced Jupp Heynckes this summer, has spent over £50million on Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara to add to their squad of already overflowing talent.
Guardiola, 42, is heavy regarded as one of the best manager in Europe after his performances at Barcelona in his first managerial job.
The Spaniard took a year out of coaching before considering his options and eventually choosing the German champions.
Germany national coach Joachim Low believes Dortmund is the only realistic challenger of Bayern this season, he said: "I think only Borussia Dortmund are strong enough to match them this season.
"Schalke have a good squad and maybe Stuttgart or Leverkusen could be up there. But I can only see a two-horse race at the top."
Dortmund may have lost their star man Gotze to Munich this summer, but Jurgen Klopp's side have shown what they are capable of by brushing aside the champions in the German Supercup last week in a 4-2 victory.
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