Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga in record time this season, marching to the trophy virtually unopposed with seven games to spare.
Borussia Dortmund, their closest competitor in recent years, were hampered not only by the sale of Mario Gotze to the Bavarians, but by a lengthy list of injuries. At various points in the season, Neven Subotic, Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gundogan, Sven Bender, Sebastian Kehl and Jakub Blaszczykowski have been unavailable, severely limiting Jurgen Klopp's options.
Next season, with less misfortunate injuries, they may mount a stronger challenge to Die Roten—and one must also not discount the advances of Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke. However, there are no signs that Pep Guardiola's side will be any weaker next season. In fact, with the acquisition of Robert Lewandowski, they will once again weaken an opponent and strengthen themselves.
There has been much talk about the death of Guardiola's favoured tiki-taka style, but this Bayern side are well organised, unafraid to press very high and easily capable of a third consecutive title win.
Incidentally, Bayern have form for winning three titles consecutively, having done so on three separate occasions. On the last occasion, between 1998 and 2001, they won two of those titles by very close margins (1999-00 on goal difference and 2000-01 by one point). Don't be surprised to see a more narrow victory in 2014-15.