RB Leipzig is probably the only club that can still dispute FC Bayern Munich for the ninth championship title in a row. Have the Red Bulls overtaken Borussia Dortmund, who have been pursuing FCB for many years? Is Leipzig now number two in German football? The pros and cons.
by Stefan Petri
Understatement has not just been en vogue in Leipzig this season. So RB boss Oliver Mintzlaff avoided in the current one Sports picture– Issue not only a challenge to Bayern, but also to Borussia Dortmund with regard to the place of the first pursuer: “Development steps” are still missing for the title, and they are “proud” of the current season. And of course the reference to the ascent in 2016 could not be missing.
Football romance is known to be out of place on the Brause advertising platform. And understatement too. RB Leipzig has outstripped BVB and is well on the way to establishing itself as the second force in German football. Before Borussia Dortmund.
Although the black and yellow have the higher turnover (487 to 300 million euros) and a higher salary budget (140 to 85 million euros), RB is in the process of closing this gap piece by piece. The fan potential as an “Ostklub” is enormous, the coaching situation is stable in the long term compared to BVB. In the fight for young super talents, Leipzig can now also keep up.
RB Leipzig has overtaken BVB as Bayern pursuer
* As of March 31
Nevertheless: Leipzig has overtaken BVB since this season, and this criterion has to be decisive – because in terms of tradition, fan base, etc. you could otherwise also argue for Schalke 04.
It should also not be overlooked that Leipzig has a potent financier up its sleeve in Red Bull and therefore has an ace up its sleeve in the corona pandemic, which has now been going on for over a year. A financier who, in the midst of the crisis, has already forgiven 100 million euros in debt.
The lead is of course a small one, and in terms of the overall package of financial strength, squad, stadium and fan base, Dortmund still has significantly greater potential than the Red Bulls. The balance of power could be reversed again, possibly in the coming season. However, should Dortmund miss the premier class and have to part with one or the other star player, RB could just as well expand their lead and also give Bayern the first challenger in the medium term.