To defeat Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann stressed on Friday that his squad must play “a more controlled game.” Munich has won the past nine meetings between the two clubs, but Nagelsmann claimed that under manager Edin Terzic, Dortmund had lost their recent unpredictability. “Numerous reports have noted Dortmund’s “fluctuating performances” in recent matches. It doesn’t seem all that dramatic, “said Nagelsmann.
They are having a solid season, and I believe they will be a great opponent tomorrow.
With 15 points each, Bayern and Dortmund enter the match in third and fourth place, respectively. No club was in the top rank for the first time in 13 years as they faced off.
Munich has recently dominated the match, but ‘Der Klassiker’ has also been a prolific goal-scorer.
Less than four goals have been scored in only one of the previous 12 matches between the teams, which may be a tribute to the caliber of the teams’ attackers in recent years, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland, of whom have since left the group.
Dortmund’s 11 goals are among the lowest in the league, compared to Bayern Munich’s 23 goals, indicating that they are struggling more than their Bavarian rivals due to losing their leading scorer.
Nagelsmann, though, claimed that Dortmund is less predictable as a result of the big Norwegian’s absence.
Nagelsmann stated, “I’m not sure who will play up front yet.
“With many talented footballers who run between the lines and receive accurate passes, they produce a lot of “give and go” scenarios.
They are an excellent squad, especially when they play great defense, since it always makes the counterattack dangerous.
Leon Goretzka of Bayern, who once represented Schalke, a fierce rival of Dortmund, claimed that the winner would earn national bragging rights in German football.
Goretzka, a former Schalke player who played 116 games for the club, said on Friday, “This is the game that Germany looks forward to all year.”
“We (Bayern) are currently the chasers for a change. The standings, however, don’t matter, just like in previous seasons of this derby.
“German football dominance and prestige are at stake.”
According to Nagelsmann, “it’s an essential game when it comes to the table, but it’s also an important game as a symbol.”
Thomas Mueller of Bayern and Marco Reus, the captain of Dortmund, both played in recent matches but have been ruled out due to sickness and injury.
However, the return of French winger Kingsley Coman will help Bayern, and Mats Hummels, Gregor Kobel, Marius Wolf, and Gio Reyna will be welcomed back by Dortmund.