Bayern v Dortmund: The danger men

Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund face each other in Saturday’s much-anticipated Bundesliga clash in Dortmund, and in today’s ‘Der Klassiker’ we single out three of the danger men in each side that could be the difference between the two German giants.

Going into Saturday’s big match Bayern are the overwhelming favourites sitting five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, and historically they have won 49 of the 100 encounters, with Dortmund having won on 29 occasions.

Here are some of the players that could be the difference between the two sides today.

Borussia Dortmund:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Country: Armenia
Age: 27
Position: Attacking midfielder
Mkhitaryan is an attacking midfielder and can be used as a second striker, but is best used just behind the strikers where he dictates playmaking space for his teammates to create goal-scoring opportunities. He is tricky and has so far this season scored nine Bundesliga goals with 10 assists.

Marco Reus
Country: Germany
Age: 26
Position: Attacking midfielder/Winger or Striker
Reus is blessed with blistering pace and often seems to burst through defences with no problem and open gaps for the players around him. He is very much a danger man when it comes to counter-attacks due to his pace. When at full flight he is almost impossible to stop without being fouled. He plays left wing for Dortmund but is extremely versatile and can play anywhere even as an out-and-out striker. He has scored nine Bundesliga goals so far this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Country: Gabon
Age: 26
Position: Striker/Winger
Aubameyang is a versatile attacker, quick off the mark and is a very dangerous set-piece taker. He is a good dribbler and has no problem beating players one-on-one. He is another player that possesses extreme pace and is a major threat in counter-attacks. Though traditionally a winger, he has been used as a centre forward and has been scoring regularly in all competitions. So far this season in the Bundesliga he has scored 22 goals and 29 in all competitions.


Bayern München:

Douglas Costa
Country: Brazil
Age: 25
Position: Midfielder/Forward
What makes Costa a game changer is his adaptability; he can comfortably play on either wing, and his ability to cut in from the right to shoot. He provides Bayern with that traditional Brazilian flair to get past defenders in one-on-one situations. When playing well he is one of those players that can be lethal with his crosses into the penalty area for the likes of forward like Robert Lewandowski to take advantage to score. So far this season he has scored twice in the Bundesliga with nine assists.

Thomas Müller
Country: Germany
Age: 26
Position: Forward
Müller is an attacking all-rounder, is versatile and can play anywhere up front for Bayern. Müller is mostly used just behind the central striker but his versatility means that he has also been used as an out-and-out striker. He is a consistent scorer and creator of goals and seems to find gaps in defence where he is able to score goals. So far this Bundesliga season he has scored 17 goals with five assists.

Robert Lewandowski
Country: Poland
Age: 27
Position: Forward
Lewandowski is the big danger man for Bayern and is a player that does the basics well. He is strong and powerful in the air which makes him a perfect target man and is brilliant on the ball. He always seems to find enough space to get a shot at goal when cornered or marked. He is the top goalscorer so far in the Bundesliga with 23 goals.