4 Things Bayern Munich Must Do to Ensure They Win the Bundesliga

There's big boots to fill for Carlo Ancelotti in his first season in charge of Bayern Munich. The Italian manager has been left with the improbable task of following Pep Guardiola's three consecutive league titles, and before him came Jupp Heynckes - the man who won an unprecedented treble in 2013. Ancelotti is no stranger to title wins though, and the serial trophy winner is chasing down a league crown in what would be his fourth different country. The Bundesliga is typically considered the...

Maintain the Distance Between Themselves and RB Leipzig

Germany's most controversial club RB Leipzig have been hot on the tail of Ancelotti's men throughout the campaign and pose the greatest threat to the derailing of Bayern's dominance.

It is Leipzig's first season in the Bundesliga. Their heavily-invested takeover by drinks manufacturer Red Bull has seen them fly up the divisions. Bayern need to ensure they maintain the gap between themselves and the newly promoted club.

Leipzig remain Bayern's closest challengers in the league but their form has began to stutter in the last few months. Bayern's 3-0 victory over Leipzig in December provided breathing space between the two clubs, but Ancelotti will hope to have the title wrapped up before the sides meet again in the penultimate game of the season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Rotate Their Squad Effectively

Bayern are still fighting on all three fronts as they look to end the season with another historic treble win.

They have a spot secured in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal, a quarter-final place in the Champions League and are currently sitting at the summit of the Bundesliga.

In order to overcome the demands of a potential fixture overload in the next coming months, they will need to ensure they rotate their squad effectively in the league.

Ancelotti has a squad packed with talent at his disposal - he has often rotated Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery out wide and has regularly left talented youngsters Renato Sanches and Kingsley Coman on the bench. 

The Italian manager is a shrewd tactician and his ability to swap and change his players could prove to be vital in their upcoming league fixtures. 

Ensure They Keep Key Players Fit

Bayern have been unfortunate with injuries to key players this season. Star wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have often had spells on the sidelines with various injuries. 

Robben picked up an injury near the start of the season in October, his first appearance since a previous seven month injury layoff. Ribery has recently been been out of action with a hamstring injury.

Both players have returned to the team in recent weeks and Ancelotti needs to hope that they can stay fit between now and the end of the season.

Bayern's team doctor of 40 years resigned in 2015 after a public bust up with Guardiola over the team's injury record - Robben and Ribery were two of the players involved in the row. The pair haven't had much luck since either, and have picked up a number of injuries between them. 

Get Thomas Muller Firing Again

Bayern need to get forward Thomas Muller back to his prolific scoring ways. The German international is having a relatively quiet season for a player of his quality.

Muller had bagged a combined 33 league goals over the previous two seasons in the league - an impressive figure for a player who typically plies his trade as an attacking midfielder. However, the goals have dried up for Muller this season and he has just the one to his name so far.

Back in December he went 999 minutes without scoring in the Bundesliga.

A reason for Muller's lack of goals could be the slightly different role he has been asked to play under Ancelotti this season. The German has also found himself left out of the side altogether at times as he does not fit in to Ancelotti's system.  He needs to get firing again if Bayern are to retain their crown.

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