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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund today with relations between the German heavyweights seemingly at an all-time low
The atmosphere between the clubs soured since Bayern began snapping up Dortmund players two years ago, with Mario Goetze becoming the first of a successful Dortmund team to leave for their league rivals.
Long before striker Robert Lewandowski joined the Bavarians this season, a war of words erupted between the club bosses.
With Dortmund winger Marco Reus triggering the interest of Bayern, and club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying this week they “might be potentially interested” in him, ties have never been so strained.
Club bosses will again skip the traditional pre-game lunch to avoid each other, while Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc rejected the latest Bayern advance for Reus as just another “distraction.”
“We are not paying any attention to what comes out of Munich. It is repetitive after all,” he said.
It is not the first time Bayern have made open advances for German international Reus but the timing is important as troubled Dortmund are under pressure to start delivering in the league.
They are in 15th place, a full 14 points behind Bayern, after losing six of their nine league games.
A 3-0 victory over St Pauli in the German Cup on Tuesday offered some respite for coach Juergen Klopp, with under-fire striker Ciro Immobile scoring once and setting up another.
Dortmund’s defence also looked to be gradually finding its stability with Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic resuming their central partnership and Sokratis Papastathopoulos effective in his new role as full back.
Fans are also fully behind the team with one woman making a public declaration of love during the Basketball Shoes for Sale post-game news conference on Tuesday.
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Klopp will need all the support he can get against Bayern, who are undefeated in the three competitions they are still in this season.
Dortmund beat them in the German Super Cup in August but that seems like a lifetime ago.
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With Franck Ribery back to full fitness and fellow winger Arjen Robben, who sat out their 3-1 German Cup win over Hamburg SV on Wednesday, also expected to return to the starting lineup, Bayern are the odds-on favourites.
“When you look at the table then no,” said Bayern midfielder Thomas Mueller when asked whether the teams had similar quality. “But they do if you look at the difficulty factor.
“Dortmund are always an uncomfortable opponent. Maybe it is even easier for them than when they face other teams because they know exactly what plan to follow against us.
“I don’t expect we will be leading 5-0 at halftime. There have been a lot of tight games in the past years between but if we keep our cool and avoid their quick breaks then we will look good.”
Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski has warned his Bayern Munich team-mates not to underestimate Borussia Dortmund ahead of today’s Bundesliga showdown at the Allianz Arena – despite his old club’s disastrous start to the new season.
However, Lewandowski, who left Dortmund for Bayern on a free transfer during Kevin Durant 6 Cheap the summer, is quick to point out that Jurgen Klopp’s side have been hit hard by injuries and thus believes that they cannot be written off ahead of this weekend’s game in Bavaria.
“This is an important game: Dortmund are always dangerous. They can beat anyone in a one-off game,” the striker told Sport Bild.
“They have so many players injured and they have the whole season to turn things around. It has all gone wrong at the start but Dortmund are always difficult to play against. They still have great players, so the biggest mistake for us would be to underestimate them.”
Lewandowksi also insisted that he does not derive any satisfaction from the fact that Dortmund are struggling so badly without him, revealing that he still looks out for their results every weekend.
“As soon as our games are finished, the first thing I want to know is how Dortmund have fared,” the 26-year-old attacker confessed.
“It is not as if I am pleased by Dortmund defeats.”
However, Lewandowski admitted that he is loving life in Bavaria, despite the fact that he is struggling to be as prolific as he was in Dortmund.
The Poland international, who has hit five goals in 12 appearances in all competitions, insists that he is feeling more and more settled with each passing game, thanks in no small part to former BVB team-mate Mario Gotze.
“I’m feeling much better in Munich now,” he explained. “I guess you can say that I have arrived. But things will get even better. Mario and I already got along very well at Dortmund. Our rapport was good and in Bavaria it is getting better.
“Here, there is tremendous pressure before every game. And even after three or four goals, there is no let up. We always want to be at full throttle. We are never satisfied – even though many of our players have already won everything. This formula for success here is outstanding.”