The 2019/20 season was an enthralling one indeed. Bayern Munich were pushed as hard as ever for their eighth consecutive title; while the Bundesliga and Germany as a whole proved to be paragons of how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
A glance at the final standings might suggest that the Bavarian juggernauts once again eased to the Bundesliga crown, but the battle for supremacy raged throughout much of the campaign.
Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach shared the summit for most of the Hinrunde, with Bayern only coming to the fore in February. After a two-month hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Hansi Flick‘s side showcased all their quality and experience to finish 13 points clear of Dortmund, even reaching the 100-goal milestone on the final day. But bringing the Meisterschale back to Munich was anything but straightforward.
Watch: The evolution of the 2019/20 Bundesliga table
Bayern got off to a rocky start, dropping points in five of their first 10 league matches. Niko Kovac had overseen a league and cup double triumph in his debut season as the Bavarians’ coach, but was dismissed off the back of a 5-1 humbling at former club Eintracht Frankfurt in November. The defending champions sat fourth in the standings, four points adrift of then leaders Gladbach, but Flick’s promotion from assistant to interim head