Have Bayern Munich got the squad to win the Champions League?
Bayern Munich have strengthened their squad with some shrewd additions, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough to compete with the big boys in Europe.
The Bavarians are of course a huge club in their own right, dominating domestically in recent times, but when it comes to European competition they have struggled, and are determined to put it right.
Bayern last won the competition back in 2013, not a huge drought by any stretch of the imagination, but still disappointing by their exceptionally high standards, and last season’s exit was particularly disappointing.
They crashed out in the round of 16 against Liverpool, who of course went on to win the competition, so no real shame. However the early exit set alarm bells ringing nonetheless.
This year the aim is to go well beyond that, and, if you listen to some noises coming out of the camp, they believe they have what it takes to go all the way.
That will take some doing as Liverpool will be looking strong again, Manchester City have the tournament at the top of their wanted list, then there is Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona to contend with.
But Bayern have made moves to right the wrongs of previous seasons and now look to have a defence that can go far.
Lucas Hernandez has been drafted in from Atletico Madrid in a club-record deal, while World Cup-winning full-back Benjamin Pavard has also been signed from Stuttgart. Both look to be very good additions and provide a solid platform to build from the back.
Bayern have lost experience campaigners Franck Ribery and Arjern Robben, who left on free transfers in the summer, but have managed to replace them with quality. Ivan Perisic has been there and done it, while Philippe Countinho could turn out to be the signing of the summer.
In Robert Lewandowski they have one of Europe’s most feared strikers still. And he has started the season well, looking sharp and banging in the goals.
Like will be the case with most teams, their hopes could hinge on everyone staying fit and you fear if they lost a couple of key players, they could struggle to compete on all fronts.
The qualifying group could be worse, and they should make it through to the next stage without too many problems which would be a good start.
Tottenham will be the toughest opponent, but they look out of sorts and will hold no fear. Crvena Zvezda and Olympiacos make up Group B, and it would be an upset of the highest order not to make it through.
Can Bayern go all the way? Probably not, but stranger things have happened and if everyone stays fit they could be an outside chance.