The focal match of the 28th round of the Bundesliga is the confrontation between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. This is not just an ordinary German derby because the result of this match will greatly affect the race for the silver plate of the 2019-2020 season.
Currently, Dortmund is 4 points behind Bayern and if they win, the yellow and black shirt team will shorten the gap and create fierce competition in the final rounds. Let’s take a look at 4 hot spots on the field that will determine success or failure in this great battle.
1. Robert Lewandowski – Mats Hummels
Lewandowski and Hummels won five silver plates together at Bayern and Dortmund but once again the two became rivals when Hummels returned to Dortmund last summer.
In the 0-4 first leg defeat in the Bundesliga this season, Hummels was one of the worst players on Dortmund’s side when he let Lewandowski comfortably score a brace. Even this central defender had an own goal to help Bayern set a destructive victory.
Hummels will have the opportunity to “revenge” against Lewandowski
However, the defense of the Signal Iduna Park home team became more solid when coach Lucien Farve switched to a 3 central defender with Hummels as the leader. In the last 6 consecutive wins, Dortmund only conceded 1 goal.
Despite having to leave the field early in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, coach Farve hopes the 31-year-old midfielder can recover in time for this great battle.
Meanwhile, the striker on the Bayern side is still maintaining a high form this season, when leading the list of top scorers in the Bundesliga with 27 goals. In the last 13 appearances, Lewandowski scored 14 goals.
2. Erling Haaland – Jerome Boateng
Unimportant under coach Niko Kovac and expected to leave in the summer, but since Flick took charge, Boateng has become an important link in Bayern’s business and has only missed one match in the Bundesliga. because of suspension.
Before the series of matches last weekend, Bayern was the team with the best defense with a series of 5 clean sheets. However, the Gray Lobster’s central defenders made a serious mistake and let Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger score two goals from corners.
Haaland is the most cautious player on the Dortmund side
Facing Erling Haaland – the most respected goalscorer in Europe at the moment, Boateng will have to be very focused. The Norwegian striker has 10 goals in 10 appearances for Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season. Haaland’s scoring performance is even higher than Lewandowski’s, when he only takes an average of 69 minutes to have a goal.
3. Joshua Kimmich – Julian Brandt
Kimmich is expected to work hard in the battle with Dortmund, especially when his partner in the center of midfield, Thiago Alcantara has been injured and the ability to play is still open.
In addition to creating mobility for Bayern’s midfield, Kimmich also has to keep an eye on satellites around Julian Brandt to cut off the player’s supply of the ball.
Kimmich and Brandt are teammates in the German national team
As teammates on the German National Team, Kimmich will surely understand Brandt very well. The player who plays in the attacking position for Dortmund is in high form with 2 assists in a 4-0 victory in the recent Ruhr derby.
4. Raphael Guerreiro – Benjamin Pavard, Alphonso Davies – Achraf Hakimi
While all eyes were on the strikers with the competition between Lewandowski and Haaland, on the field, another hot spot was equally remarkable. It is the flanks with the appearance of top defenders.
The impressive performance of Canadian player Alphonso Davies has made him one of the best left-backs in European football this season. The 19-year-old defender started to attract attention when he played prominently in Bayern’s 3-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League.
Davies will compete against Hakimi in the great battle
In the comeback against Frankfurt last round, Davies also contributed 1 goal. Meanwhile, both Dortmund’s goals in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg were scored by full-backs.
If Davies has to face Achraf Hakimi, on the right corridor, Pavard will have a fight with Guerreiro – a player who has scored 3 goals in the last two appearances.