Der Klassiker is almost here! As Bayern Munich prepare to face off against Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, we spoke to our compatriots over at Fear the Wall to get an idea of how they see this tie.
Here’s what they told us:
Q1. Which particular player do you NOT want to see in Bayern’s lineup?
Robert Lewandowski, because he is good at scoring goals and when he scores vs us there are always “those” people who make it some big thing about the way he left BVB. With the way our backline is right now, I fully expect at least a goal from him.
Q2. What tactical changes (forced or otherwise) can we expect from Lucien Favre this time around?
So Favre this year has been very stubborn when it comes to making big changes for matches. That being said, we do have injuries building up. Paco Alcacer is doubtful and Lukasz Piszczek is not fully healthy yet.
Delaney and Witsel will be our starting midfield tandem. Delaney is especially suited for these types of games. With no Paco you will probably see Mario Gotze up front with Marco Reus behind him. Since Diallo and Hakimi are out we will see a a weakened backline and maybe even a back three with wingbacks. If Favre has planned for that type of lineup, your guess is as good as mine.
Q3. BVB’s team this year is pretty darn good. With Bayern ready to spend over €200m in the transfer market next season, what’s Dortmund’s plan to remain competitive?
Same as every summer since Zorc took over, Bayern buys big Dortmund buys smart. Dortmund will inevitably sell a good player because a mega Spanish team or EPL side dishes out a hilarious amount of money. Dortmund will reinvest the money into three guys soccer hipsters will pretend to know about. 1 of the 3 will be a superstar by the 2020 calendar year, the other two will go out on loan then be sold.
Thanks to Brian Meyers of Fear the Wall for answering our questions!