07 Apr Der Klassiker: Dortmund possess’momentum’, states Hitzfeld
The retired trainer, that had spells at equally teams, considers the Bundesliga leaders possess the border before Saturday’s top of the table battle
Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld considers Lucien Favre’s guys have critical”momentum” going to this weekend Klassiker.
Dortmund traveling to Munich with a two-point edge over their title rivals after Bayern surprisingly dropped points from Freiburg last time outside.
With just six rounds of matches remaining after Saturday’s match at the Allianz Arena, a triumph could be a massive increase for both sides.
Hitzfeld — who coached Dortmund involving 1991 and 1997 before two spells in charge of Bayern — hopes a ferocious conflict, but considers the recent pacesetters have an edge given that the last-gasp character of the triumph against Wolfsburg past weekend.
They seemed to be heading for a disappointing draw prior to two stoppage-time targets from Paco Alcacer handed them all 3 factors.
“The momentum is in Dortmund’s favour since they simply had a feeling of accomplishment in their final game,” Hitzfeld informed Omnisport.
Paco Alcácer, game-winning free kick maestro pic.twitter.com/P9rTxi0Lsg
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“In the past couple of moments they score two objectives. This, obviously, attracts self-confidence which attracts a distinctive disposition. And you’ve noticed that also. They released images in the dressing room as the players celebrated. That is something really unique.
“And Bayern suffered a setback in Freiburg, but in my opinion Bayern didn’t perform poorly. They were clearly exceptional and had many opportunities, but they didn’t score.”
Bayern scraped past second-tier Heidenheim 5-4 at Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal quarter-final, albeit having played a lot of the match with 10 guys, resulting in trainer Niko Kovac warning his players they will need to reveal defensive”field and obligation” against Dortmund.
That’s an appraisal Hitzfeld agrees with and also the 70-year old considers Bayern might be in a for a challenging match if they don’t tighten up in the trunk.
“The determining factor is going to be for Bayern to return their equilibrium,” he added.
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“It is going to be a unique challenge for Bayern’s defence. They will need to behave as a team, not only the defence but also the midfield and the strike. All of 11 gamers will need to operate nicely.
“They need to attempt to maintain the threat from their target and will need to strike ancient to ensure Dortmund have difficulty getting in their rhythm.
“Continuity and optimism are lost since they’re not utilised to being those pursuing. That’s left marks on them. It is possible to inform as they find it hard to have a comfortable strategy to games.”