The German Bundesliga is held up by many as the best league in Europe. With packed stadiums, cheap tickets, locally owned teams and two sides in the Champions League semi-finals, the Bundesliga is flying high.
But Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is throwing more than a little cold water on the notion that the Bundesliga is the best league in Europe by saying that the league has become too easy .
The German champion-elect has sealed its 23rd title with six games to spare and is now just one win away from matching the record number of points for a season, set by Borussia Dortmund last year.
What worries Hoeness is that it looks like Bayern and Dortmund look set to dominate German football for years to come, just like Barcelona and Real Madrid do in Spain.
“There has been a huge dip in the competitiveness of the league and we can’t be happy with that,” he told Kicker magazine. “We’ve got to analyze why that is the case.”
Bayern’s recent 9-1 hammering of Hamburg and a goal difference of plus-70 after 29 games is proof of the gulf that has opened up at the top.
Second-placed Dortmund, which put six past Greuther Furth on Saturday, has scored 72 goals this season, almost 20 more than anybody below it, and the two Champions League semifinalists appear to be in a league of their own this year.
Hoeness hopes his side will be put to a more serious test next season.
“We see the need for action,” he said. “It is not on that we see such results.”
With the Bundesliga wrapped up, and a Champions League semifinal meeting with Barcelona booked, Bayern goes in search of a place in the DFB-Pokal cup final when it hosts Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.