Berlin (AP) – At the last moment of the Bundesliga season, all eyes are on Munich. FC Bayern can make the perfect championship on Saturday (18.30 / Sky) against permanent rival Borussia Dortmund.
It will be a special duel for Niklas Süle. In the new edition of the Cup semi-final between RB Leipzig and Union Berlin, the focus is on a Swede, while a longtime employee in a new position is supposed to save Arminia Bielefeld from crash.
RB Leipzig – 1 FC Union Berlin
Emil Forsberg: The Swede has not been the only man for RB’s important goals since the header to make it 2-1 in the DFB Cup semi-final against 1. FC Union. The 30-year-old, who received legendary status from coach Domenico Tedesco, can always make a difference. He spontaneously prepared the match plan for the second duel of the Union: “Replace Emil and win”, said Forsberg and revealed: “Now I still have scratches, the whole stadium exploded”. Secretly, his focus is already on the cup final in Berlin in May: “I still dream of leading the club to the cup.”
Eintracht Frankfurt – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Sebastian Hoeneß: Since the 1-1 draw against FC Bayern Munich, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has not gone well – in four games he had only one point and one goal. Coach Sebastian Hoeneß must return things to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (3:30 pm / Sky). Otherwise, the connection with the European Cup countries will be lost. The club from Kraichgau has already lost the status of candidate for the Champions League. Defender Dietmar Hopp wants to see TSG forever in international business.
SC Freiburg – Borussia Monchengladbach
Nicolas Höfler: Höfler is not really known for his qualities as a goal scorer. With three competitive goals, he has scored as many goals this season as he did four years ago. Höfler was successful not only in the DFB Cup semifinals, but also in the 6-0 victory in the first match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. When they meet again, it will probably be more about the advantages, due to which Höfler was recently called a “model student” by coach Christian Streich. He has won 300 hits this season, made just 42 errors and received 87 per cent of passes for teammates. No wonder SC is hard to imagine SC without it.
1. FC Cologne – Arminia Bielefeld
Marco Kostmann: Almost eleven years at Arminia – and now for the first time as a responsible coach on the bench. Former goalkeeping coach Marco Kostmann must save Arminia Bielefeld from relegation to second division with new assistant Michael Henke. “I do not have to stand in front of the group and explain football to them, I have to trust them and be the ones who know me,” said the 56-year-old. When asked what was the biggest difference between a goalkeeper and off-field training, he replied: “Yesterday I was happy with the goals in training for the first time.”
SpVgg Greuther Furth – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Patrick Schick: In his side’s 7-1 defeat in the first leg, Leverkusen striker Schick scored the only four goals of the Bundesliga season. But after his forced break due to a torn muscle fiber, the 26-year-old Czech failed to score goals. In his three appearances against Hertha BSC, Bochum and Leipzig, the Bundesliga’s second-best scorer with a total of 20 goals left empty-handed.
Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund
Niklas Süle: The national team player has returned to the FC Bayern squad after his flu and hopes to appear against his future employer. “Of course he wants to show his new club that he has done the right thing,” said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann. “It is a special game for him against the next club. “He will give us everything until the end.” Süle moved from Hoffenheim to Munich in the summer of 2017 for around 20 million euros. This summer he leaves FC Bayern for Dortmund on a free transfer, where he has signed a four-year contract.
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