Bayern Munich will look to extend their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season when they travel to take on Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday night.
19 November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Signal Iduna Park
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Dortmund 105 27 29 49
Bayern 105 49 29 27
Dortmund 0-2 Bayern (14/08/16 Super Cup)
Bayern goalscorers: A. Vidal (58′), T. Muller (79′)
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 18, 2016
Players to watch:
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is once again the key figure for Dortmund, in fact his manager would probably prefer if that wasn’t so much the case. The Gabon international has 11 goals already this season, while the next best goalscorers in the side are four players on two goals apiece.
Similarly, Robert Lewandowski has been the destroyer in chief for the Bavarians so far this term, but Dortmund should also keep an eye on Thomas Muller. He has endured a poor start to the campaign but it is surely only a matter of when, not if, the striker will return to his usual best.
Team form and manager quotes:
BVB have been in good form of late and are seven games unbeaten in all competitions, but would fall an intimidating nine points behind their title rivals and head coach Thomas Tuchel admits that is a worrying prospect.
“Nine points behind sounds frightening,” he said. “We would love to free ourselves of that [pressure], but it isn’t possible.
“We need lots of bravery tomorrow – that will be the key to the game. We need an intensity in our play. We need a lot of courage and we have to have compactness at every given moment.
“There will be some players playing tomorrow who haven’t found their rhythm yet.”
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 18, 2016
Bayern have had a near perfect start to the Bundesliga season with seven wins and three draws to go into this weekend’s matches on top of the league standings.
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti is taking nothing for granted ahead of Der Klassiker and took time out before the match to praise his opposite number, while also suggesting they may have a few weaknesses in defence.
“He’s a very good coach and he’s given Dortmund a clear identity,” he said. “He’s one of the best in the Bundesliga.
“Dortmund have a very attacking identity with very quick players, so it’s normal you have problems defending against them from time to time.
“They are playing very well so it’s going to be interesting.”
Dortmund will have to make do without Marco Reus, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a heel injury.
Ancelotti may find himself a bit short in midfield with Kingsley Coman, Javi Martinez and Arjen Robben all out with injury, but his concerns will be eased somewhat by the return of Franck Ribery.