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Bayern Munich Manager Hansi Flick Says RB Leipzig Biggest Threat in Title Race

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2019

MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 21: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on December 21, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Interim Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has said RB Leipzig have "the biggest potential" to end the seven years of dominance his club have enjoyed in the Bundesliga. 

Borussia Dortmund were the last side other than Bayern to win the German title back in 2011-12.

At the midway stage of the 2019-20 season, though, the defending champions sit third in the Bundesliga table, four points back from leaders Leipzig:

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Halfway into the season, here's where things stand 📊 https://t.co/3LDRy3uF7K

Flick believes Julian Nagelsmann's side are the best of a handful of sides who could pip Bayern to the title this term, per Kicker (h/t Goal's Sam France):

"Of all our rivals, Leipzig have the biggest potential and most options. RB have a good, well-balanced squad. It's important that the second- or third-choice players have the same quality. Leipzig have the advantage at the moment, but teams like Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen mustn't be underestimated."

Flick has been appointed caretaker Bayern boss until the end of the season following the November dismissal of Niko Kovac.

Kovac, 48, took up the manager's role at the Allianz Arena in July 2018 and won a domestic double in his debut season.

However, after an underwhelming start to the 2019-20 campaign, his dismissal did not come as a huge surprise as he had never seemed a good fit:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

OFFICIAL: Bayern Munich have sacked Niko Kovac. Job always seemed a step too soon for him and the fans never really wanted him or warmed to him. #FCBayern https://t.co/p115qmfr0n

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

Saw a lot of Bayern last year under Kovac and barring a few big wins (Dortmund hammering springs to mind) the fit never seemed right. Was lucky to last this long, for me. Interested to see who they would go for next. Can’t see them going for Mourinho, Poch though?

Flick oversaw four consecutive wins in all competitions on first taking up the interim role.

Bayern then suffered back-to-back defeats to Leverkusen and Gladbach before they went into the winter break on the back of four more wins in a row.

They return to action in the German top flight on January 19, when they visit Hertha Berlin.