Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney expects a thrilling three-way battle to take place for this season’s Bundesliga crown.
To everybody’s surprise, it’s Borussia Monchengladbach, not Bayern Munich, who lead the Bundesliga after seven games. What’s really caught fans’ eyes, though, is that just four points separate them from Delaney’s Dortmund in eight-place.
Wolfsburg occupy second in the standings with just a point keeping from moving level with Gladbach.
While third-place Bayern, SC Freiburg, RB Leipzig, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen are all just two points adrift.
As the season progresses, however, Delaney expects that only three teams will be left fighting in Dortmund, Bayern and RB Leipzig.
“I don’t think that eight teams will be competing to win the league,” the Dane told Bold.dk.
“It can’t go on like this. I still see Bayern, RB Leipzig and us as the three strongest teams.
“I’ve always thought highly of Leverkusen as well. We have thrashed them every time I have faced them with Dortmund, but they are playing some great football and are a dangerous team too.
“Schalke have also proven to be a strong team this season. But I still expect it to be between us, Bayern and Leipzig.”
Delaney, who is now in his fourth season of German football, came agonisingly close to winning his first Bundesliga title last term.
But Dortmund ultimately settled for second and just two points behind champions Bayern following a mid-season slump in form. Leipzig, on the other hand, finished a distant 12 points behind in third.
The three teams will return to action this weekend, with Dortmund to host leaders Gladbach on Saturday. Bayern will travel to Augsburg and Leipzig will welcome Wolfsburg on the same day.