A victory over Inter was unexpected; Bayern accomplished that.
Can Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund?
Dortmund's progress is very important for the Bundesliga's progress in Europe. This morning, the DFB published a report which said that Germany had officially taken over a fourth spot in the Champions League.
The news is definitely excellent; however, Dortmund needs to pay heed to it the most. In recent years, Bayern is the only German side that has truly carried the mantle for German football in the Champions League.
Germany needs another team to hold on to the fourth spot. Dortmund, with their fast paced football, definitely has the potential to do so.
However, this week, Dortmund has to prove that they are better than the holders FC Bayern. Bayern has really picked up in recent weeks, and won their last three games with a combined score-line of 8-1. Two of those games were away games, one of which took place at the San Siro. The defensive weaknesses are yet to be taken care of.
However, Luis Gustavo excelled in the defensive midfield role next to Bastian Schweinsteiger in midweek and will perhaps hold on to that role. This means that Holger Badstuber might play at left-back considering that Diego Contento is on his way back from a long-term injury. Danijel Pranjic's groin problem has apparently deserted him which means he will probably start at left-back.
Dortmund showed in the Europa League that teams that press them at the back have plenty of success against them, and Bayern has just the pair who can do that: Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. They will be against Marcel Schmelzer and Lukas Piszczek.
The pair, especially Robben, caused havoc against Inter and will be out to do so again. They were both absent from the clash that took place earlier in the season, where Bayern lost 2-0.
Bayern had chances in that game but Mario Gomez (who else?) mostly wasted them.
Louis Van Gaal spoke about changes that he will make as some of the Bayern players took minor knocks while some are tired. Dortmund has been forced into a change. Their keeper and captain Roman Weidenfeller has a knee problem and will be replaced by Mitch Langerak, an Australian keeper.
Bayern's No. 1, Thomas Kraft, has reiterated that he will leave Bayern if they sign Manuel Neuer. Franz Beckenbauer was very disrespectful and spoke about Neuer's transfer despite the fact that the youngster single-handedly denied Inter at times.
Bayern is a slow-starter. They usually take time to get into gear. Dortmund tend to start matches at a very fast pace and then slow down as the match continues. Bayern will go out and attack as Dortmund clearly hurt their pride in the first half of the season.
Bayern's biggest Bundesliga win in history came against Dortmund about three decades ago in Munich. They beat the Ruhr side 11-1.
Dortmund hasn't won in Munich in the past 20 years.
Uli Hoeness has predicted that Bayern will win the game by a score-line of 2-0. Karl Heinz Rummenigge said that he would like a bigger score-line.
Prediction: I feel that Bayern will win, but will definitely suffer from some scares at the back. Expect Luis Gustavo to keep Nuri Sahin in check.
Final Scoreline: Bayern 2-1 Borussia Dortmund.
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