Berlin (dpa) – Manuel Baum is waiting for a great challenge at the start of his difficult mission at FC Schalke 04. The match of the Royal Blues in the Bundesliga at RB Leipzig should be a new beginning for Schalke.
A victory over Dortmund is still missing when coaching fellow Christian Streich with his SC Freiburg. And otherwise on Saturday? A sought-after striker from Hoffenheim wants to continue his streak in Frankfurt, there could be a farewell game for a Dutchman in Bremen, and in the Rhineland game, a derby expert is hoping for Mönchengladbach’s first victory on match day three. There is a reunion in Stuttgart.
Borussia Dortmund – SC Freiburg
Christian Streich: He has been SC Freiburg’s head coach for almost nine years. And there is only one current Bundesliga team that he has never won against in this period: Borussia Dortmund. In 15 duels with BVB, the 55-year-old has lost 12 times so far. The longest-serving coach in the league hardly believes this will change on Saturday, as he expects a challenging reaction from the number two after Dortmund’s surprise 2-0 defeat in Augsburg.
Eintracht Frankfurt – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Andrej Kramaric: With five goals after the first two days, the 29-year-old Croatian striker is at the top of the goal scorers list. The 2018 vice world champion is currently the excellent man at Hoffenheim and also shone in the 4-1 win against FC Bayern. According to media reports, Munich would have thought about an obligation of the attacker, who is bound to TSG until 2022, but declined because of the high compensation (at least 40 million euros).
1. FC Cologne – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Patrick Herrmann: If anyone can derby, it is Herrmann. Gladbacher’s wing racer played in 15 games against 1. FC Köln and was used eleven times. “Since I’ve been in Gladbach, I know the importance of this game for the fans and the whole club,” said the 29-year-old before the next game on Saturday – the second without spectators. The last derby so far in March in Mönchengladbach also took place without fans. In any case, only the first victory of the season counts for Herrmann. “But it would also be nice to get the first three of the season from all places in Cologne,” said the striker.
Werder Bremen – Arminia Bielefeld
Davy Klaassen: Two years ago Werder Netherlands took international from Everton for 13.5 million euros. Klaassen is the most expensive purchase in club history to this day. His transfer was a time when Werder extended contracts or signed new players for a lot of money. The plan to develop these players and then sell them again for even more money has never worked, so the residents of Bremen now urgently need transfer income. Klaassen wants to return to his ex-club Ajax Amsterdam. The 27-year-old could play his last Bundesliga match against Bielefeld.
VfB Stuttgart – Bayer Leverkusen
Gonzalo Castro: For the 33-year-old, the circle is complete on Saturday. In Leverkusen, the current VfB captain once fought his way from youth to professional – and even to national team. He played 286 games in the first division and several more in the DFB or European Cup for the factory club, after which he moved to BVB. This isn’t the first time Castro has met his ex-club. But for the first time as a captain.
RB Leipzig – FC Schalke 04
Manuel Baum: It could hardly be more demanding than the job the 41-year-old Bavarian takes on: beating the worst Bundesliga team in 2020. The new FC Schalke 04 coach approaches his task with a lot of humor and optimism. In Leipzig, he doesn’t just want to defend the bottom of the Bundesliga. Baum also wants to see a lot of potential in his team. To mobilize this he announced something that sounded very strange from his Bavarian mouth: “Malochen”.