Mönchengladbach / Munich (dpa) - Hansi Flick faced the explosive renaissance of a historic Bundesliga duel with shining eyes.
"In my childhood Gladbach was always a classic against Bayern. My brother was the Gladbach fan, I was the Bayern fan. It was always the classic in Flick's house », enthused the Munich coach before the expected football spectacle in the top match on Saturday (15.30 / Sky) in the standings Borussia Mönchengladbach.
One week after the first damper under Flick, who is responsible for the star ensemble until Christmas and possibly also beyond, FC Bayern are in fourth place under the highest victory obligation. In a defeat in the traditional pairing between the veteran and the series champion, the gap to the top would rise to seven points, the fall championship would be gone.
"The autumn championship is not necessarily what is most important," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. "Of course, our goal remains the championship." For two months, the Borussia is in first place and would only like to provide even greater euphoria on the Lower Rhine. "We just want to put a few points on Bayern against Bayern," said the bold coach Marco Rose. "We have to stay tuned, we have to stay greedy."
Gladbach can, Bayern must. But that is nothing new for the series champion. "There is actually no game in which we have no pressure," said international player Joshua Kimmich casually. "We have to win every game, especially in the situation we are in now: If we are not at the top, you always have pressure at Bayern."
Flick also showed no particular tension. "The team has enough experience and quality to cope with this situation," said the 54-year-old, smiling and pointing to a special fan: "I'm sure my brother will keep our fingers crossed for us."
What is today the duel Bayern against BVB, was once that between Munich and Gladbach, who divided themselves from 1969 to 1977, the championship titles among themselves. For the first time in 43 years and the last championship season to date, Borussia is back in the table as the leader of the industry - and around the 100th birthday of the deceased Gladbach coach legend Hennes Weisweiler.
"That fits in just the way that there are two days before the game this special day for the father of the foal-elf," said the proud New Gladbacher Rose. "I have a little something left to do. I have great respect for this person. "
With their spectacular offensive, the Gladbacher do not only delight the former Salzburg coach Rose. "It's nice to look," Flick said. This also works the Gladbach defense work. Bayern are stable under Flick again, also pleased the bosses the game forward. Against Leverkusen there was chance for chance, only the yield was weak at 1: 2. "Everyone was eaten," Flick said.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge presented the 54-year-old successor to Niko Kovac, despite the first defeat, a commitment beyond the winter in outlook. The route of the bosses and the new coach favorite remains the same after new speculation this week: After the last game before Christmas on 21 December is balanced - and then decided on the future. Flick can live "wonderfully" with the current situation.
An obligation of Mauricio Pochettino, fired at Tottenham Hotspur, which was at the center of speculation, seems off the table. With a rumored scenario with Paris coach Thomas Tuchel and Flick as Co, the latter did not deal on Friday. The focus of Munich is on the recently stopped first catching up. "I'm basically an optimist and say that if we play like we do against Leverkusen, we'll take something with us," said Rummenigge.
Before the 102nd Bundesliga duel between the two traditional clubs Borussia Vice-President Rainer Bonhof noted an "unbelievable" atmosphere in the city. The Gladbacher could have sold more than 100,000 tickets, Borussia Park sold out with 54,022 spectators. "Bayern are a world-class team, we have to hope for a glossy day," said striker Breel Embolo.
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