"Staying at the top might be much harder than getting to the top. One has to consider all the possible details both on and off the pitch."
While the Munich side is making every effort to mention as many serious rivals as possible, nearly all of the first tier's coaches name Bayern as the big favorite.
Bas Dost (R) of Frankfurt vies with Amos Pieper of Bielefeld during a German Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Xinhua)
To keep fit, the club is holding separate training sessions of not more than five players each at different locations while beefing up its squad in readiness for continental football and defending their crown.
Former Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham is said to be a decisive factor as the 17-year-old impressed with his maturity when operating as a box-to-box midfielder.
In group D, the two matches ended with lopsided results as Al Nassr defeated Sepahan FC 2-0 and Al Sadd SC overcame Al Ain FC 4-0.
ASUNCION, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The South American 2022 World Cup qualifiers will begin next month despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the region's football governing body CONMEBOL said on Tuesday.
MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- La Liga on Wednesday announced two changes to the scheduled kickoff times of the second round of matches of the season to be played this weekend.
So far, fans in China are able to watch the new season of La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A online, except the Premier League.
"In view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense, a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge," said the BWF. "It has been realized that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders."
Stage One involves 32 groups of four players, with the player who tops each group progressing to Stage Two.