Treble-winning coach Hansi Flick has said that the eyes of the sports world will be on Der Klassiker, between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
On Saturday, Dortmund and Bayern will meet at the Westfalenstadion (live on ESPN+ at noon ET) to play the biggest match on the domestic German calendar. Six match days into the season, only the goal difference at the top of the table divides the two largest Bundesliga clubs.
The Klassiker has seldom lived up to expectations in recent years, as Bayern put a stranglehold on the league and Dortmund. In May, with a 1-0 victory at the Westfalenstadion in what was one of the first Geisterspiele, a game without fans, Bayern ended BVB’s title hopes. For the first time since August 2019, Dortmund will climb to the top of the Bundesliga this weekend. But against a highly motivated Bayern, they’ll have to do so.
It’s Der Klassiker. Everyone’s fired up. We know the whole world is going to be watching. That’s even more inspiration, “Flick, who began his Bundesliga coaching career with a 4-0 Klassiker victory at the Allianz nearly a year ago, told a news conference on Friday.” It’s Der Klassiker. “We are confident and are going to do everything we can to win this.”
Taking chances is part of the offensive style of Bayern, even if it means conceding objectives, Flick added as he addressed the defensive record of his squad.
This season, Bayern have been in rampant form, winning all but one match in all competitions, and the only criticism that could be leveled against them is their defensive record — the worst with nine conceded in the top half of the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, only two were let in by Dortmund.