Almost time for the game that will probably decide the season for both BVB and Bayern Munich. We asked Ineednoname from our sister site Bavarian Football Works some Qs to get a primer on our league rivals.
What has been Bayerns biggest weakness this season and do you think Dortmund can exploit said weakness?
A:Our biggest weakness has to be our defense -- aside from that one game at Anfield, it’s been absolutely shambolic this season. Both Hummels and Boateng are just disasters waiting to happen, and Kimmich’s defending isn’t great either. Sule is relatively reliable, but he’s still 23 years old and will make errors occasionally. Combine that with Neuer’s dip in form, and you get some catastrophic results. We just conceded 4 to a second division team, it wouldn’t surprise me if BVB scored 5 or 6 against us.
2. Will Nico Kovac be Bayerns manager next year? Does the answer change depending on winning Bundesliga/Pokal titles?
A: I don’t think anyone knows this answer, not even the Bayern bosses or Kovac himself. It will all depend on the performances going forward. There’s not much else to say. With how strong BVB has been this season, the Bundesliga doesn’t seem like the must-win trophy that it used to be.
3. In your opinion who has been Bayerns best player this year?
A:The answer is probably Robert Lewandowski or Thiago Alcantara. Lewandowski has 33 goals and 13 assists in 38 games this season, and a lot of the time, he’s been the one dragging us out of a deep hole. Thiago on the other hand has been the linchpin of our midfield -- he’s been Kovac’s go-to midfielder whenever he’s been fit. Thiago usually dominates the midfield, and not having him against BVB last season was a huge loss. If you forced me to pick one, I’d probably have to go with Lewandowski, simply because Bayern doesn’t have anyone else who can do what he does, while we do still have a decent selection of midfielders to choose from.