Will the big 3 return to the big time? will it be a German top 3 ?
Atletico are the obvious favourites, with Southampton , Schalke and Leverkusen close behind.
O.K second division, so second point to note. Some managers have commented that they have built their squad up through skilled trading or scouting and then get penalised in the value added againsts managers who do little or nothing.
Well that is a good point, but to do that we would need to look at squad value increase or otherwise over the course of the season.
Anyway back to the league in hand.
Atletico and Southampton can push out a full 90 rated squad and would sit happily in division 1. Other than Schalke and Leverkeusen , all the other teams in D2 would be relegation fodder, which is an interesting developement. Probably a result of the sorting hat in action.
It will be interesting to see how Wolfsburg fair. A weaker keeper and no depth, but the potential to cope with the big boys in the short term
Zenit and Inter have the top keepers and should be able to challenge for a playoff spot.
Of the mid table pack Benfica and Fenerbache have a powerful attack.
Spartak and current leaders Internacional should be relegation bound. Swansea have a potent enough forward line to avoid the drop. There is good strength in depth in this league and any of the 87 rated teams in the top 18 category, should be able to play to their strengths all season.
As for my own team. I expect a tough start to the season but then I hope to challenge for the playoff by the end of the season.