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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund verbally spar over “Best German Defender”

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As if the two clubs needed any more fuel to put on the burning fire that is this rivalry.

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When it comes to verbally sparring, few teams can throw barbs at each other like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Rivals on the pitch and in the board room, the two clubs have a knack for inciting a response from one another.

The latest example of this friction was BVB sporting director Michael Zorc making the announcement that the “best German defender” now resides in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. As Zorc told Sport 1 (captured by Bundesliga.com):

For me, Mats is the best German defender. We expect him to take on a leading role on the pitch. That’s why we signed him.

That seems like a pretty innocuous statement where Zorc was just letting everyone know how much he values former Bayern center-back Mats Hummels, who recently made the move to Dortmund.

If only things were that simple.

Never a person to be “one-upped” buy a rival front office executive, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge took a dig at Zorc and Hummels during today’s introductory press conference that kicked off team training and welcomed former Atlético Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez (as captured by Bild).

I read somewhere that the best German central-defender supposedly not no longer plays for FC Bayern. I’m of the opinion that the best German center-back plays for Bayern Munich, and also plays there for the national team.

Rummenigge absolutely backed his own German star center-back without directly naming Niklas Sule in the quote. Specifically, Rummenigge went on to say:

I think we’re set up excellently in the central defense Lucas, Niklas, and Benjamin Pavard.

This season is shaping up to be quite contentious already and it is only July.