Bayern’s Neuer before trip to BVB: “This fixture always feels like a final”
Some are saying this Saturday’s version of Die Klassiker won’t have a lot of lustre. Bayern Munich has a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga table, is without several key players, and is facing a Borussia Dortmund team further down the table than is usually the case.
Even BVB’s Mats Hummels claimed that it won’t be “a season highlight” for him or his 10th place side, still concerned a little with relegation despite now being close to fifth than 16th.
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But Bayern is giving lip service to the test at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, and Manuel Neuer is prepping for an emotive match.
And Mario Gotze is ready to face his old mates:
The Bavarians will be without Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Javi Martínez and Franck Ribéry for the match.
Dortmund’s supporters should hope Hummels’ approach is more indicative of his recently-speculative nature than a sign of their team’s motivations for Saturday. A win could continue their major turnaround from a near season-long relegation battle, and launch them into within shouting distance of European qualification for 2015/16.