In what is shaping up as the biggest “Der Klassiker” in recent memory, both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have genuine game-changers to call upon at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
SANCHO vs GNABRY: Dribbling & Pace
In the red corner is Bayern’s Serge Gnabry, who has taken no time at all to make an impact after spending the whole of last season on loan at Hoffenheim.
Despite having to compete with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman for a first-team berth, Gnabry has netted seven goals so far and is remarkably the team’s second-highest scorer behind only Robert Lewandowski, while also weighing in with three assists.
SANCHO vs GNABRY: Movement & Shooting
Meanwhile, waiting the yellow corner is Jadon Sancho, who not only leads the Bundesliga in assists with 13 to his name but has also scored eight goals.
Even without looking at the statistics, it is clear to see how important both are to their respective sides when it comes to finding the breakthrough, with their combination of speed, skill and intensity often proving impossible to stop for opposition defences.
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In their previous meeting earlier this season, Gnabry assisted Lewandowski for the opening goal at Signal Iduna Park, although it was Sancho who had the last laugh as the hosts came from behind twice to claim a 3-2 triumph.
Following the weekend’s results, it is Dortmund who have their destiny in their own hands with a two-point lead, but aware that they have already thrown away a far greater advantage with a poor run in February that saw them go five consecutive games in all competition without a win.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) March 30, 2019
With the likes of Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Joshua Kimmich leading the way for Bayern, while Dortmund can look to key men such as Marco Reus, Axel Witsel and Paco Alcacer, there is no shortage of individuals who could win the match off their own boot.
Nonetheless, given how they both have shone already this season, it should come as no surprise if either Sancho or Gnabry emerges as the star of the show in Saturday’s Der Klassiker.