Munich: "Much more than the three points"
"The match against Dortmund is very important," said midfielder Leon Goretzka. "There are certainly only three points to be made, but it is much more than these three points".
Despite Wednesday's win against Olympiakos (2-0), which ensures a qualification for the 8th finals of the Champions League, Bayern is still in full psychodrama: the historic defeat 5-1 in Frankfurt last Saturday caused the dismissal of coach Niko Kovac, and it is his assistant "Hansi" Flick, acting coach since then, who will compose the team and will be on the bench again on Saturday.
"Flick, who was Joachim LOw's assistant at the world title in 2014, gave a very clear signal with his composition against Olympiakos," Kicker magazine noted on Thursday. "Coutinho, announced as a superstar, has so far terribly disappointed, and he was logically on the bench, just like the former untouchable Thiago, the master of sophisticated arabesques on the ground."
Warriors Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller, on the other hand, regained their places of titularity.
The defending champion is fourth at four points behind leader MOnchengladbach. A defeat at home against the historical rival would undoubtedly put enormous pressure on the leaders to find a successor in Kovac very quickly.
Thursday night, Bayern has dismissed the option Arsene Wenger, that the press was already landing in Munich. And President Uli Hoeness said the club "was giving itself time" to make the right choice. A victory against Dortmund would obviously give a little respite to the leaders …
. Dortmund: "Playing a men's football"
Dortmund, currently second in the standings with a point advantage over Munich, has everything to fear from this Klassiker. His last two trips to Munich ended in a shakeout, 6-0 in March 2018, and 5-0 in April 2019.
Last spring, the young team of Borussia had yet arrived at the top of the ranking. But then she never got over this KO, leaving Bayern quietly heading for a seventh consecutive title.
"It's a catastrophic record," said sports director Michael Zorc on Thursday. "It's not about tactics, we have to play men's football, we have to be guys, that's what will make the difference." Shock is what we expect from our team ".
This virile outing aims to quickly relegate to oblivion the bad pass of September-October, where the character of the players and the charisma of coach Lucien Favre were again violently questioned.
For a week, the wind has turned in the right direction. Thanks to a victory in the Cup against championship leader MOnchengladbach (2-1), another in the league against Wolfsburg (3-0), and especially the formidable turn of events Tuesday in the Champions League: led 2- 0 at the home break by Inter Milan, Borussia won 3-2, in a stadium in fusion.
"If we play in Munich as we played in the second half (against Inter), we have a good chance," said the manager of the professional group Sebastian Kehl immediately.
Problem: the two leaders of the attack, Marco Reus the captain, and Jadon Sanchon the 19-year-old British nugget who dazzles the Bundesliga, are both uncertain … And Borussia fears to be again woozy.