Berlin (dpa) – Only a few more days until the classic: On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund welcomes table leaders FC Bayern for a top match – both teams only separate a few goals in the table.

To this end, the German starters are again challenged in Europe. Joachim Löw has to decide which national player he can give a break. And can Schalke at least win in the cup?

TOP GAME: Runner-up to first, Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern – just in time for the league summit next Saturday, the German industry leaders have brought themselves to their table position that has been almost their traditional position for years. The fact that both teams are currently tied on points adds to the appeal of the competition classic. A possible advantage of Bayern: they have a day longer break after their Champions League match in Salzburg than BVB, which plays in Bruges. The Munich team recently won the Supercup 3-2.

RELEASE BATTLE: Mainz 05 got off to its worst start in Bundesliga history, Schalke 04 has been waiting more than nine months for a win in the league. The game between the bottom of the table against the penultimate will be a real crisis top on Saturday. Both clubs have already changed coaches this season: Jan-Moritz Lichte took over from Achim Beierlorzer in the 05ers and they have since lost four more times. Even at Schalke, where Manuel Baum succeeded David Wagner, the change has not brought any major sporting progress so far.

DFB-POKAL: The farce is over. After the sports court of arbitration, the higher regional court of Munich also ruled against the third division football team Türkgücü Munich in the dispute over participation in the first round of the cup. This means that nothing stands in the way of Schalke’s match against 1. FC Schweinfurt as representative of the Bavarian Football Association (BFV) on Tuesday. After 22 league games without a win, the Revierclub longs for a sense of achievement. “If we keep working that hard, we will eventually succeed with victory. That’s exactly this knot that needs to be untied,” said forward Mark Uth.

EUROPEAN CUP: The four German starters in the Champions League will enter the next match day with different requirements. FC Bayern, which will visit RB Salzburg on Tuesday (9 p.m. / Sky), is the leader after two victories. RB Leipzig, on the other hand, is under pressure after the 5-0 blow to Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN). After two unfortunate draws in Milan and against Madrid, Borussia Mönchengladbach now wants to take their first victory against the surprising table leader Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday (6.55 p.m. / DAZN). Borussia Dortmund also needs a success on Wednesday (9 p.m. / Sky) at Club Brugge to catch up with the Belgians. In the Europa League, Bayer Leverkusen (at Hapoel Beer’Sheva) and TSG Hoffenheim (against Slovan Liberec) are about to take the next steps towards the knockout round on Thursday.

NATIONAL TEAM: By Friday, Joachim Löw and the discussions about the sense and nonsense of international football matches around the world will return during the corona pandemic. The national coach announces his new XXL roster, with which he will play the next international matches against the Czech Republic and Ukraine in Leipzig and the following week the Nations League closure in Spain. Personal debates on this are guaranteed. The German national team has six points in their group, and the group win in the Nations League is still there.

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