Manuel Neuer remains increasingly confident that his Bayern Munich side can overturn the six point gap that Borussia Dortmund have on them at the top of the Bundesliga table. Bayern have been on a solid run of form since the latter stages of the Hinrunde and got off to a winning start in 2019 with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, as they look to keep the pressure on Dortmund.
Neuer had himself a day vs. Hoffenheim!
At Bayern’s annual Audi event, Neuer was interviewed and asked about the title race moving forward (transcribed by Goal). Despite the thoroughly impressive season Dortmund are exhibiting, Neuer remains increasingly confident that Bayern have what it takes to overtake the pole position and beat them out to the Meisterschale. Dortmund, he said, are 100% beatable and have shown their weaknesses at times during the course of the season:
Dortmund are not unbeatable, you know. I think we saw weaknesses in the first half of the season, they did not leave many points behind, but on one occasion or another it was very close.
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed Neuer’s affirmation, and fully backed the talent in the squad to rival Dortmund and give them a solid fight for the title:
We are not the hunted but the hunter. Let’s just wait and see what happens. Dortmund has a good team, but we have not got a bad one!
The season’s second installment of Der Klassiker doesn’t take place until the beginning of April, so quite a lot can happen between now and then as far as points are concerned. Both sides are still competing on three fronts and have particularly difficult opponents in the Champions League in Liverpool and Tottenham, respectively. Both Bayern and Dortmund have also experienced some difficulties against sides dwelling in the lower regions of the table, so there’s little margin for error with a lot of those types of fixtures taking place between now and Der Klassiker.