When the two best teams in Germany play, there is always something going on. Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich, that’s all — just not boring.
When the BVB bus left the Wanda Metropolitana early Wednesday shortly after midnight and brought the team Borussia Dortmund back to the team hotel after the 0-2 defeat by Atletico Madrid, Lucien Favre was finally allowed to think officially about the big one Play on Saturday. Then the BVB will receive in Signal Iduna Park Bayern, the two major German football powers clash in direct duel each other. And that guarantees nerve-racking 90 minutes of suspense, drama and spectacle for years.
Start of the revival
It takes a certain amount of memory to remember the last German champion who did not come from Dortmund or Munich. And on the VfL Wolfsburg, which stood at the top of the 2008/09 season, you will not get straight at this guessing game. The battle for supremacy in the Bundesliga has been focused for ten years on the duel between black and yellow and red and white — and it has been the rule for years that only the Borussia is trusted to penetrate into the supremacy of Bavaria.
If the Bayern grandees Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at some point look back on their life’s work, it will be the years 2011 and 2012, which form a flaw that can not be redeemed. Borussia Dortmund’s surprise championships were the prelude to the revival of the great rivalry between the two clubs, after the BVB had said goodbye in the great financial crisis for years from the top flight of the Bundesliga.
Financial investment wave
They were also the reason for a previously unprecedented offensive Bayern: On the Dortmund double 2012, the record champion reacted with a consequence and financial investment wave, which overrun the competition. Six championships in a row were the reward, the taunts came again more often from the south. They too are part of the great rivalry.Also the BVB invested in the following years and with increasing financial scope, the club philosophy but did not throw Borussia Dortmund overboard. And today there is a team in the square, which reminds a lot of the glorious years under Jürgen Klopp. It’s young, greedy, with a high degree of identification — and this team can play inspirational offensive football. The chance for a change of guards seems as great as it has ever been. The aged Bayern are weak, they have internal problems, which also affects the square.
Dortmund comes into the game as a lightweight favorite
Unlike in March, when an unsettled Dortmund team was humiliated in the Allianz Arena, BVB is now even a slight favorite in this game. This has less to do with statistics. Bayern are still the measure of all things in terms of goal shots, possession and flanks. But the Borussia is much more efficient in front of the goal, and they invested more in a game. Borussia Dortmund is running 3.7 kilometers more per game.
But the deciding factor on Saturday could not be the physique, but the psyche. Despite the 0: 2 in Madrid Borussia Dortmund can go with great confidence in this game, the automatisms are there, the joy of playing is great. On the other side there is a Bayern, who can not deny his insecurity, in which many players are on form search — and the collective does not work as well as it did in the early stages of the season.
Spectacular, poisonous and intense
There is a high probability that it will be much closer than in March. Or as in the Cup final 2012, when the BVB missed the rival at 5: 2 a slap Face Slapping. But pretty sure it will be spectacular, poisonous and intense again. It has never been different in the past years.