Saturday evening the second Classic of the season takes place between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. Here we select five players from each side that will have effect on the famous fixture.
Obviously. Lewandowski’s stats are still off the charts having played close to a year of football without a substantial break.
Any thought that Lewan would tire after Bayern’s relentless treble winning campaign of last season is not just been dispelled – Lewan’s got better.
He scored in the reverse fixture back on matchday seven and put in a MOTM shift as he lifted Bayern to a 3-2 victory over their old rivals.
28 goals in 22 appearances this season – being rested on matchday six. Lewan’s found the net 16 times in the last 13 outings, has only failed to score in four games and broke the record for scoring in most consecutive away games (8).
But the record he’s really after is Gerd Muller’s 40 goals in a single season, needing 13 from the remaining 11 to beat the 49 year old record.
Lewan’s partner in crime being directly involved in 25 goals this season (13 goals, 12 assists).
Muller has been putting in extra shifts at Säbener Straße to rebuild his match fitness after missing four games having submitted a positive covid result in the middle of the Club World Championships in Qatar.
Muller made his return in the 5-1 victory over Cologne last Saturday coming on as a second half sub.
The German’s importance in the team was reinstated on Bayern’s return from the Club Champs when, without Muller, they drew with Arminia and lost to Frankfurt.
Muller was on for less than a minute on Saturday when he slipped Lewandowski in for the Pole to score his second of the game.
Along with Muller and Lewandowski, another club legend currently playing.
At 34 Neuer is still consistently in the top three goalkeepers on the planet and arguably the best in the world.
He’s been integral this season making crucial interventions, particularly in away games, to keep alive Bayern’s relentless winning streaks.
Neuer’s also breaking records, having this year surpassed Oliver Kahn’s Bundesliga record of 196 clean sheets – Neuer currently has 198.
Coman’s been in an interesting if little frustrating rotation policy with Gnabry and the newly acquired Leroy Sane, but that doesn’t seem to have affected the Frenchman’s form on the pitch.
Six goals and eleven assists in all competitions makes this Coman’s best year with the club.
Another player whose season was blighted by covid. Goretzka was also out around the same time as Muller due to having to isolate.
Whilst his partner in central midfielder Joshua Kimmich gets a lot of plaudits for his tenacious style, Goretzka’s absence also coincided with Bayern’s recent dip in form on return from Qatar.
The big German seems to exude calm in Bayern’s midfield and came to stunning form against Cologne last weekend with three assists.
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Sancho’s turn in form since the new year has been stunning.
Up to Dec 31st 2020 Sancho had been directly involved in a paltry two goals. From 1st January to the present Sancho has been directly involved in thirteen goals.
Sancho’s recent form has seen him back to his best – scored three and assisted two in the last three Bundesliga games as well as scoring the winning penalty in Dortmund’s quarter-final victory over Gladbach last night (Tues 2nd).
No matter what you think of Sancho – he’s heavily reported as imminently leaving Signal Iduna Park in the next window – the former Watford and Manchester City forward’s time in Germany has been a huge success, most recently seeing him become the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 50 assists.
The most sought after striker in world football.
Haaland scored in the reverse fixture back on matchday seven. He has 17 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances this season and 30 goals in 33 league appearances altogether.
Low and behold Haaland hasn’t scored in his last two games for Dortmund – his joint longest barren spell which, if you go on the stats, means he’s certain to score in the Klassiker on Saturday.
Club captain Reus will go down as a legend of Borussia Dortmund once his career comes to a close.
The German international has recently completed the triumpivate up front with Haaland and Sancho due to the sketchy form of both Reyna and Brandt.
Used sparingly these days, rarely completing a full game, Reus is a Rolls Royce of an attacking midfielder whose exceptional skill levels allow him to keep up with the kids of Dortmund, just.
Frozen out by Edin Terzic for much of the interim boss’ opening games in charge, Dahoud has recently stormed back to form.
The Syrian born German international scored in the first leg last 16 Champions League victory over Sevilla, scoring the goal of the game – a rifle of a shot from twenty-five odd yards.
With Axel Witsel out long term, Terzic has found it tricky to replace the Belgian in the heart of his midfield using multiple combinations in the partnership that often occupies the space in front of the defence.
Dahoud’s return to form could have come at exactly the time Terzic needs in a final push to guarantee Dortmund are involved in next season’s Champions League.
3 goals and 8 assists from full back says everything about Guerreiro’s ability in being able to influence Dortmund’s attack.
The Portuguese full back is regularly found running on the outside of either Sancho, Reus, Reyna, et al and has all the skill to occupy a front three position as he does the back four.
Terzic says Guerreiro coming off in under five minutes of Dortmund’s 1-0 German Cup win over Gladbach was precautionary. For the sake of BlackYellow fans and the outcome of his team, the boss better be right.
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga matchday 24, Saturday 6th March, KO 1730 GMT.