Munich (AP) – Julian Nagelsmann is looking forward to a “very dignified environment” for the historic moment of the Munich champions.
The German classic is four days before the end of the season, not the big confrontation for the cup, but after a lot of disappointment for the Bayern stars and BVB rivals, it is about a lot of prestige.
Bayern before the tenth championship in a row
Record champion Thomas Müller & Co. is wanting a lift of humor by winning the tenth title of Munich champion in a row against Borussia Dortmund after being eliminated in the Champions League. The visitors do not just want to be there as benevolent when superstars Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are supposed to be the last shooting match in the Bundesliga on Saturday (6:30 pm / Sky).
“It’s a special situation to be able to win the title against your direct competitor – and in your stadium in front of a packed house. It’s a coincidence that can make it a little special,” Bayern coach Nagelsmann told its beginning. masterpiece. The 34-year-old is preparing for a beer shower – and later he and the Munich series champions have to leave behind the sadness of the royal class. Müller wants to become the only player record champion with the number eleven title and was “already hot” for the championship party with the fans. After a long pandemic toil, supporters want to celebrate again with their stars at Marienplatz at the end of the season.
All the more important is the final point of the championship at the summit of many disappointed against rival BVB, which is nine points behind in the unequal duel for years. In the 2018/19 season the deficit at the end of the season was only two points, otherwise the Westfalens were always two figures behind, in the 2012/13 season it was another 25 points. Since the summer of 2012, Bayern have scored 172 points more than Dortmund, averaging 17 points per season. Borussia’s sometimes unworthy appearances in the last six Bundesliga appearances (2: 4/0: 4/0: 5/0: 6/1: 4/1: 5) in Bayern are also not encouraging.
Rose: “It’s a classic, it’s about reputation”
“It’s a classic, it has to do with reputation. A win in Munich is always good and can do something for a team,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose, who failed early with his team and Bayern in the Cup and Champions League. A win at the Allianz Arena would help him work out over the summer holidays.
A week and a half after Villarreal’s shock, Nagelsmann, who was still remorseful, openly admitted “that the championship is a little more important in Munich than the Champions League”. But a particular success would be the number ten bowl in a row, which CEO Oliver Kahn hailed as a “great opportunity” anyway. Juventus won nine Serie A titles in Italy between 2012 and 2020. No club in the top European football leagues reached more than one in a row. If he wins, Bayern are champions and even if they draw, he can only be caught theoretically.
The Munich championship series also underlines the class difference in the Bundesliga, in which the fight for the title has been tense for years. “I have already discussed this topic as a non-Bayern coach. You should not talk about a matter of guilt. The team that ended up winning the championship was the most stable of the season,” said Nagelsmann, who concluded. 13th with RB Leipzig last year points behind the industry leader in second place.
“Every club currently has one or two points missing – where Bayern have more experience and better players. But other clubs will also invest,” Nagelsmann said. “It’s not something you can rest on. Two days after a championship, preparation for next season starts again.” And for them it seems like BVB can be strengthened with Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg) and Nico Schlotterbeck (SC Freiburg), who would also be very interesting players for FC Bayern.
A special game for Sülen
Nagelsmann also has to do next season without national team player Niklas Süle, who as the next Dortmund defense chief wants to break Munich’s dominance. “It’s a special game for him,” Nagelsmann told Sülen, who had returned from the flu. Kingsley Coman risks missing out on an ankle problem, but defender Lucas Hernández is still available.
The chronic problems of the challenger’s personnel worsened before the classic in Munich. The loss of regular goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, represented by Marwin Hitz, could further destabilize the already shaky defense. Also missing are Axel Witsel, Mats Hummels, Donyell Malen, Mahmoud Dahoud and Thorgan Hazard.
It’s not just about the image for the clubs, but also about the two supers attackers. It should be the last duel between world footballer Lewandowski (32 goals this season) and Haaland (18 goals) in the Bundesliga. Haaland will almost certainly leave the league, with Lewandowski the future open. Nagelsmann said he “did not feel very sad because I do not know what Haaland is doing, but I know that, thank God, Lewy has another contract here and will probably continue to hunt for us.”
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