MUNICH (AFP) – Julian Nagelsmann is looking forward to a “very worthy place” for Munich’s main historic landmark.
The German Clasico four days before the end of the season is not the big confrontation of the cup, but after so much frustration for Bayern Munich stars and their opponents in Dortmund, it is about a lot of prestige.
Bayern before the tenth championship in a row
Record champion Thomas Muller & Co is eager to lift the mood by winning their 10th consecutive title in Munich against Borussia Dortmund after being eliminated from the Champions League. Guests don’t just want to be there like well-wishers when super strikers Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are supposed to be the last shooting competition in the Bundesliga on Saturday (6:30pm/sky).
“It’s a special situation to be able to win the championship against your direct opponent – and in your own court in front of a whole house. It’s a coincidence that might make it a bit special,” Bayern coach Nagelsmann said before his first masterpiece. – And then at the latest, he and the Munich series champions must leave the grief of the royal class behind. Muller wants to become the only player record champion with No. 11 and was “really hot” for the championship party with the fans. After the long pandemic toil, fans are also eager to celebrate With their stars back at Marienplatz at the end of the season.
More important is the final point of the championship at the top of many frustrated people against rival BVB, who is nine points behind in a duel that has been unequal for years. In the 2018/19 season, the deficit at the end of the season was only two points, otherwise the Westphalians were behind by two numbers, in the 2012/13 season it was even 25 points. Since the summer of 2012, Bayern has scored 172 points more than Dortmund, averaging 17 points per season. And Borussia’s sometimes undeserved appearance in Bayern’s last six guest matches (2:4/0:4/0:5/0:6/1:4/1:5) in Bayern is not encouraging.
Rose: “It’s a classic, about reputation.”
“It’s a classic, it’s about reputation. Winning in Munich is always good and he can do something with a team,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose, who failed early with his team and Bayern in the cup and the Champions League. Winning at the Allianz Arena will help him work during the summer break.
A week and a half after the Villarreal shock, Nagelsmann, still remorseful, admitted that “the championship is a little less important in Munich than the Champions League.” But a particular hit would be No. 10 in a row, which CEO Oliver Kahn hailed as a “great opportunity,” anyway. Juventus won nine Serie A titles between 2012 and 2020. No team in the top European leagues has managed to do more in a row. If they win, Bayern are champions, and even if they draw, they can only theoretically capture them.
The Munich championship series also underscores the class difference in the Bundesliga, where the title struggle has been tense and manageable for years. “I have already discussed it as a non-Bayern coach. There is no need to talk about guilt. The team that finished winning the championship was the most stable of the season,” said Nagelsmann, who finished second with RB Leipzig last year, 13 points behind the industry leader. .
“Each team currently has maybe one or two points missing – Bayern then have more experience and better players. But other clubs will invest too,” Nagelsmann said. “It’s not something to rest on. Two days after the tournament, preparations for the next season begin again. » For them, it is as if Dortmund can strengthen with Karim Ademi (Salzburg) and Nico Schlutterbeek (FC Freiburg), who will also be very important players for FC Bayern.
A special game for Sulli
Nagelsmann also has to go through next season without national player Niklas Sule, who as future Dortmund defense minister wants to break Munich’s dominance. “It’s a special game for him,” Nagelsmann said of Sully, who came back after catching the flu. Kingsley Coman is at risk of being sidelined with an ankle problem, but defender Lucas Hernandez is available again.
The challenger’s chronic personal problems worsened before the classic match in Munich. The loss of regular goalkeeper Gregor Koppel, represented by Marwin Heitz, could destabilize an already shaky defense. He also lost Axel Witsel, Mats Hummels, Doniel Malin, Mahmoud Daoud and Thorgan Hazard.
It is not only about the image of the clubs, but also about the super attackers. It should be the last match between world footballer Lewandowski (32 goals this season) and Haaland (18 goals) in the Bundesliga. Haaland is almost certain to leave the league, and the future is open for Lewandowski. Nagelsmann said he “didn’t feel too sad, because I don’t know what Haaland is doing, but I do know that, thank God, Lewis will still have a contract here and maybe keep shooting for us.”