Berlin (AP) – The Bundesliga summit between Borussia Dortmund and tied leader FC Bayern surpasses the seventh matchday of the Bundesliga this weekend. But there is also a very explosive duel in the relegation zone:
THE GAME OF GAMES: Just in time for the summit on Saturday (6.30pm / Sky), Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern have maneuvered themselves into their regular table positions two and one. For the first time in eleven years, the two industry leaders are tied on points for a direct duel – at the time, however, as the table twelfth and eighth. This does not bode well for BVB: Munich then won 5-1 in Dortmund.
UNDER PRESSURE: In the crisis duel between the bottom Mainz 05 against the penultimate FC Schalke 04 in the league, both clubs hope for a break this season without a win. While the Rheinhessen have not scored a single point in the past six match days, the Gelsenkirchen team has had 22 top division games without a win – their last away win so far was on November 23, 2019 in Bremen (2: 1). “Of course the pressure is increasing from game to game”, said Mainz coach Jan-Moritz Lichte, who, like his colleague Manuel Baum, took over the position of head coach after the second day of play.
CANCELLATIONS: Given the rapidly increasing number of infections, the Bundesliga clubs are increasingly resisting the upcoming international matches and refusing their professional trips to the national teams. Werder Bremen has already announced that their national players will have to stay in the Hanseatic city, otherwise they will have to be quarantined after returning under a regulation of the health service. Arminia Bielefeld also doesn’t let five players travel. According to the FIFA world association, there is no obligation for clubs to park at the next quarantine.
LABBADIAS 100 .: In the sixth attempt, Bruno Labbadia finally wants to achieve his 100th victory as national coach of the Bundesliga. After five matches without a sense of achievement, Hertha BSC caused a commotion before the match at FC Augsburg, however, about a late payment of 100 million euros. Investor Lars Windhorst is said to be upset about Hertha’s defensive course in the transfer market. Labbadia wants to focus on sporting aspects. “We try to do our job by working on things.”
KRUSES 30 ZONE: Max Kruse was not only fast on the field lately. A speed trap in a 30 km / h zone annoyed the Union Berlin star striker. Before the game against Arminia Bielefeld, however, the ex-national player galloped with a police abuse via Instagram. He took it back, but the 32-year-old didn’t seem very insightful. His club did not want to take a stand. At Union, they just hope Kruse kicks the turbo against the newcomer on the lawn.