Carlo Ancelotti is trying to continue Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga in 2016-17 after succeeding Pep Guardiola as coach.
Bayern have won the German league title for the last four years, the latest three of those successes coming under the management of Guardiola who moved on to take charge of Manchester City having reached the end of his contract in Bavaria.
However, the club known as FC Hollywood could hardly have appointed a better replacement in Ancelotti who, along with Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, is right at the top of the tree as far as the most successful current coaches are concerned.
The 57-year-old has won the domestic league title in his native Italy (with AC Milan), England (Chelsea) and France (Paris Saint-Germain) and although he missed out on La Liga while in charge of Real Madrid, he did lead them to the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Unsurprisingly, Bayern, who finished 10 points clear last season, are prohibitive 1/16 favourites with bookmaker Sky Bet
to make it five titles in a row and showed their intention not to stand still last summer when they signed Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches and Germany central defender Mats Hummels.
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel (Getty Images)
The latter was returning to Munich from Borussia Dortmund and his move was part of a busy summer’s transfer activity for last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, whom coach Thomas Tuchel restored to their customary position as best of the rest following a disappointing final campaign under now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Hummels joined midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan in leaving the Black and Yellows, the latter duo to different parts of Manchester, although Tuchel did not waste much time in reshaping his squad with the signings of Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra, Sebastian Rode, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle.
Dortmund were originally considered by the bookmakers to be the club with the most realistic chance of taking the crown off Bayern but their odds have been pushed out to 66/1 with bet365
Besides an indifferent run of form before the winter break with three consecutive draws, the reason for Dortmund's price drift is that a new challenger has emerged, albeit if anyone now managed to stop Bayern it would be a major shock. But newly-promoted RB Leipzig have made a fantastic start to life in the top flight, second in the table and only four points behind Bayern after 19 matches, and their title odds are just 14/1 as a result.
2016-17 Bundesliga title best odds:
66/1 Borussia Dortmund (bet365