Bayern Munich head to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday for the much-awaited Klassiker battle between the top two.
BVB are an exceptional team
Hansi Flick awaits the “whole world” to be watching when Bayern Munich and exceptional Borussia Dortmund clash in the Bundesliga. FC Bayern head to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday for the much-awaited Klassiker battle between the top two. The European champions and BVB are level on 15 points at the summit, with Bayern Munich leading only in goal difference. Bayern boss Hansi Flick, who welcomes Leon Goretzka back from a calf injury but will have to do without Niklas Sule and Joshua Zirkzee due to recent positive coronavirus tests, knows BVB are a considerable threat. He said on Friday: “BVB are an exceptional squad. They have the best defence in the Bundesliga and exceptional qualities in switching from defence to offence.”
Bayern Vs BVB is German ‘Clasico’
“They have outstanding players, not only Erling Haaland but many others. They are speedy, and we have to stop them by standing compact and defending well. That is why it is important that we, as a team, act in the same way as in the last games. I am looking forward to the game. Haaland is not the only player we have to look at. The whole team has to be 100 per cent.” Flick knows that the game will attract attention far beyond Germany. “You want to win the games against Dortmund. It’s German ‘Clasico’. Everyone is motivated,” he continued. “We all know that not only the whole of Germany is watching, but the whole world is watching too. That’s what gives us additional motivation for this match.”
“We are more confident than ever in our qualities, and therefore we will try our best to leave the field as a winner on Saturday.” The build-up has been a little overshadowed by Bayern’s view of uncertainty about David Alaba’s future after contract negotiations stalled. Alaba is leaning towards making his way to Liverpool during the January transfer window when former Bayern Munich star Mario Basler sees the Austrian provide cover for injured Virgil van Dijk at Anfield. Basler said: “Maybe he will go to Liverpool. They have big problems with Van Dijk’s injury and a cruciate ligament rupture. He had to come out for a long time, and I think there is a great need to strengthen in the centre-back position.”