FC Bayern versus Borussia Dortmund – this time the Bundesliga classic is under very special circumstances. BVB arrive as leaders, Munich have a new coach.
After the spectacular change of coach at FC Bayern, this Bundesliga summit is even more electrifying than it was before. The people of Munich are expecting leaders Borussia Dortmund for the top game today (6.30 p.m. / Sky). It is the 108th Bundesliga duel between the two teams that fought for the championship after 2009. Since then, Bayern have won eleven titles, Dortmund two.
What is the starting position?
Dortmund comes as leaders with a lot of self-confidence. Since the winter break, BVB have scored ten points more than their big title rivals and are now one point ahead of Bayern. Munich are irritated and definitely want to get back the top of the table. “The signal effect is definitely there for the way we play – and for the result,” said the new Munich coach Thomas Tuchel. The Bundesliga hasn’t been as exciting as this year for a long time.
Where can you watch the game on TV?
If you don’t have tickets for the Allianz Arena, which is sold out with 75,000 spectators, you can follow the game (kick-off 6:30 p.m.) live on the pay channel Sky. From 5.30 p.m. onwards, Sky experts Lothar Matthäus and Julia Simic give their assessments. A detailed summary on free TV shows the ZDF “Sportstudio” after 11 p.m. 32 cameras are used instead of 19 to 26 as in other Bundesliga games. Numerous special cameras should improve the experience for the spectators.
What will Tuchel change as the new Bayern coach?
For Tuchel, the first thing on the program was getting to know each other and a few basics. “First of all, it was about getting a feeling for each other,” said Julian Nagelsmann’s successor. “We don’t want to overload the players, it’s been a turbulent week.” It will be interesting to see which stars Tuchel sees in pole position.
How was the first leg?
Atypical, because Bayern looked like the winner – and then only got one point in Dortmund. Anthony Modeste, who came on as a substitute, made sure Dortmund came back from a 2-0 half-time deficit with an assist and goal. After the equalizer in added time, Bayern boss Oliver Kahn angrily jerked his arms back in the stands and then pounded on the barrier. There will certainly be plenty of emotions this time too.
What speaks for Bayern this time?
The class of the squad and the strength feared by opponents to always be there when it matters. In addition, there is the record: The Munich team has won the last eight Bundesliga games with 33:6 goals. Due to the signing of Tuchel, the stars are also in the focus and have to deliver after the 1: 2 in Leverkusen.
What speaks for Dortmund?
Occurrence this season. With a lot of self-confidence and a strong current form, everything should get better this time from Borussia’s point of view. “We believe in ourselves. We go there to win,” said national player Emre Can with the current BVB self-image.
Which stars are missing or coming back?
Bayern international Jamal Musiala trained again after tearing a muscle fiber. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who was recently injured in the back, is again an alternative for the starting XI. Apart from the long-term injured Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernández, only talent Mathys Tel is missing. Many of the recently injured players are returning to Dortmund. Among others, goalkeeper Gregor Kobel and the offensive players Julian Brandt, Karim Adeyemi and Youssoufa Moukoko could appear again. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic has to do without Giovanni Reyna and Thomas Meunier.
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