Dortmund and Bayern play tomorrow! That’s always a big game no matter what the table shows. In preperation, we asked our friends at Bavarian Football Works a few questions.
1. How much do you think Jupp will rotate for this game?
Now predicting how Jupp will line up on Saturday is a pretty tough ask for me, since every week we do a bunch of predicted lineups and we’re always wrong. But certain things are a given. He definitely won’t start Boateng, who picked up a slight injury in the break. Hummels and Muller didn’t play the second game, so they should be good to go. Basically everyone who didn’t go for international duty should also be good. However, the question of whether Lewandowski, Kimmich, or Alaba will play is a tricky one. I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least two out of those three rested.
2. What do you think your chances are at UCL glory this year?
Me personally? I’m BFW’s resident pessimist, so I think we’ll crash out against Sevilla. As for the fanbase as a whole, it’s a very situational thing. A lot of it will depend on when some key players come back from injury -- like Kingsley Coman for instance. I don’t think there’s any team Bayern CAN’T beat this season, but a lot of things will have to fall into place for European success, especially with the way Barcelona and Manchester City are playing.
3. Who is going to be Jupps replacement at Bayern?
Wish I knew. Take your pick: Tuchel, Nagelsmann, Kovac, Hasenhuttl, Pochettino. Throw in Enrique while you’re at it. It could be anyone at this point.
4. Are Bayern actually at risk of losing Lewy this summer?
Karl-Heinz Rumenigge unequivocally said that Lewy will be playing for Bayern next season, so I’m not worried. It’s definitely true that Lewandowski seems to be pushing for a transfer, but the Bayern bosses seem intent on holding firm. Every piece of info we’ve gotten from the club has said the same thing: “Bayern Munich don’t let their best players leave.”
5. Why was Bayerns front office angry at the rule to keep 50+1?
It’s basically because Bayern wants more investment into individual clubs in the Bundesliga to improve parity in the league and improve the Bundesliga in the eyes of audiences. KHR said he was concerned about the League’s competitiveness -- both national and international, and you can’t blame him for it. In his opinion, the 50+1 rule is holding that back.
6. Who would win in a boxing match and why: Neuer or Robben?
I know nothing about boxing, but I think Neuer would win coz he’s the bigger dude.