Die Klassiker

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Bundesliga wrap: Nothing doing in Die Klassiker; Schalke, Wolfsburg congest Top Four race

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Breaking down Bayern Munich proved just as difficult as imagined, and Borussia Dortmund could not make any headway in its attempts to get back into the Bundesliga title race.

Three-loss BVB stil trails Bayern by five points at the top of Germany’s top-flight after a 0-0 draw at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.

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Bayern out-attempted Dortmund 17-11, and won six corners to BVB’s two. Alas, the leaders didn’t have to worry much about a win, as the draw is still detrimental to Dortmund’s title hopes.

Elsewhere
Werder Bremen 4-1 Hannover: Hosts continue remarkable safety surge.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Ingolstadt: Eleven cards in testy draw.
Augsburg 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen: Ja-Cheol Koo’s natural hat trick undone.
Koln 1-3 Schalke: Huntelaar, Meyer, Di Santo score for visitors.
Stuttgart 5-1 Hoffenheim: Brace for Georg Niedermeier leads the way.
Wolfsburg 2-1 ‘Gladbach: Draxler, Kruse score in win; Raffael in loss.
Mainz vs. Darmstadt: 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 25 20 3 2 59 13 46 11-0-1 9-3-1 63
Borussia Dortmund 25 18 4 3 59 25 34 10-2-0 8-2-3 58
Hertha BSC Berlin 24 12 6 6 33 24 9 7-4-1 5-2-5 42
FC Schalke 04 25 12 5 8 37 32 5 7-3-3 5-2-5 41
Mönchengladbach 25 12 3 10 50 42 8 9-1-3 3-2-7 39
FSV Mainz 05 24 12 3 9 34 30 4 7-1-4 5-2-5 39
VfL Wolfsburg 25 10 7 8 38 32 6 8-3-2 2-4-6 37
Bayer Leverkusen 25 10 6 9 36 33 3 5-3-4 5-3-5 36
FC Ingolstadt 04 25 8 8 9 19 26 -7 5-3-4 3-5-5 32
VfB Stuttgart 25 9 4 12 40 49 -9 6-1-6 3-3-6 31
1. FC Köln 25 7 9 9 26 33 -7 4-4-5 3-5-4 30
Hamburger SV 24 7 7 10 28 34 -6 3-4-5 4-3-5 28
Werder Bremen 25 7 6 12 35 48 -13 2-4-6 5-2-6 27
FC Augsburg 25 6 8 11 30 38 -8 2-5-6 4-3-5 26
Darmstadt 24 6 7 11 25 38 -13 1-4-7 5-3-4 25
Eintracht Frankfurt 25 5 9 11 28 40 -12 3-6-4 2-3-7 24
1899 Hoffenheim 25 4 9 12 26 42 -16 3-5-4 1-4-8 21
Hannover 96 25 5 2 18 22 46 -24 2-0-10 3-2-8 17

Bayern’s Neuer before trip to BVB: “This fixture always feels like a final”

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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.

From FCBayern.de:

“We benchmark ourselves against the best. This fixture always feels like a final,” said Manuel Neuer on Thursday… “Everyone looks forward to this match, there’s always a fantastic atmosphere at the stadium. And it’s been comfortably the biggest game in German football in recent years.”

And Mario Gotze is ready to face his old mates:

“Let’s see what happens, but I don’t think much will have changed,” said the 22-year-old, as the reaction of the Dortmund faithful has been nothing short of hostile so far. It’s not a problem, the player insisted: “You have to live with it. I’ve already been through it a couple of times. It’s normal.”

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.