Berlin (dpa) – On matchday 11 of the Bundesliga, 1. FC Union Berlin is looking forward to an exciting showdown with the Champions League winner from Munich – but will have to do without top scorer Max Kruse.
Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski is about to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance for FC Bayern. Six games, six personalities worth keeping an eye on:
Borussia Dortmund – VfB Stuttgart
SVEN MISLINTAT: The current sports director of VfB worked for eleven years in the scouting department of Borussia. He is considered to be the discoverer of several superstars such as Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Ousmane Dembélé and was involved in BVB’s great successes in the recent past: the 2011 Championship, the 2012 doubles and the Champions League final. 2013. Mislintat relies on many young talents in the newcomer Stuttgart – and so far with success. The 48-year-old calls the emotional return to his hometown Saturday a “homecoming”.
RB Leipzig – Werder Bremen
YUSSUF POULSEN: The Danish international not only scores important goals, but also likes to score a dream goal. The striker was ultimately not allowed to show that, he was alone on the bench at the important matches in Munich and against Manchester. But coach Julian Nagelsmann said: “Those were two tactical decisions. Yussi just didn’t fit in.” It will be different against Werder, because Nagelsmann wants to get a real striker again. And Poulsen is first choice with three goals and an assist in eight games.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Hertha BSC
VALENTINO LAZARO: His debut with Borussia Mönchengladbach was unfortunate, but his comeback was all the more spectacular. The 24-year-old Austrian international, who borrowed Borussia from Inter Milan, was injured during the first test match for his new club. With his first goal for Gladbach, which he scored spectacularly with a “scorpion trick” at 3: 4 in Leverkusen, he went down in history. “But you can’t be really happy when you lose,” said Lazaro. Now, in a short time, he will be meeting his former clubs: after Inter Milan, now at Hertha BSC at the weekend.
SC Freiburg – Arminia Bielefeld
VINCENZO GRIFO: The 27-year-old was one of the few Freiburgers without a win in nine games where form was consistently good for the last time. The Italy international has scored one goal in each of the last two games and has already scored four times this season. Grifo also met at the last meeting of the two clubs four and a half years ago in the 2nd division, which the Freiburg team won 4-1 at the Alm. Now he has to lead Baden to their first home win of the season.
FSV Mainz 05 – 1. FC Cologne
JONAS HECTOR: Such a free ticket is rare in professional football: the captain of Cologne can, in principle, be commissioned by his trainer Markus Gisdol. “Jonas will decide for himself whether it is a topic for the weekend,” said the footballer. Hector was able to celebrate a comeback after a two and a half month injury. The 30-year-old former national player sustained a whiplash injury at the game in Bielefeld (0: 1) at the end of September and started team training on Tuesday.
1. FC Union Berlin – FC Bayern Munich
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI: Even the most successful goalscorer in Bundesliga history cannot show such speed. Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski is about to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance for FC Bayern. The Pole has scored 174 times in the Munich jersey so far. Gerd Müller celebrated 154 goals in his first 200 league games, Klaus Fischer 138 for FC Schalke 04. After a break in the Champions League, Lewandowski, who was a little ill recently, is fully operational again, Bayern coach Hansi Flick reported.