Berlin (dpa) - Cup games in Germany and Spain, the chaos at FC Schalke 04 - and a thrilling promotion race in the second division.
The football week brings not only a lot of current games but also another federal-state switch on the subject of Corona.
DFB-POKAL: On Tuesday, all eyes are on Marco Rose.
Then his current club Borussia Mönchengladbach will compete in the DFB Cup quarter-finals against his future employer Borussia Dortmund.
The already prestigious top duel becomes even more explosive.
Rose is under heavy pressure.
Parts of the Gladbach appendix have been beside themselves since Rose made his move to Dortmund public in the summer and are calling for his immediate replacement.
Gladbach's sports director Max Eberl categorically rejects this.
Borussia vom Niederrhein is about to gamble away everything within a short period of time.
Since Rose's departure is public, Gladbach has lost all games: In the league, a year without a European Cup and in the Champions League threatens to end.
Possibly the last chance for a success in the summer is the cup.
BUND-LÄNDER-SCHALTE: When Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) consults with the country chiefs on Wednesday about the further corona policy, football also hopes for easing.
The top of the DFB and the presidents of the regional and state associations have recently vehemently advocated the re-admission of training operations in the amateur and youth sector.
In addition, the DFL and DFB supported a concept by experts and scientists that should enable spectators to return under strict hygiene and infection protection measures.
It is still unclear whether politicians will have an opening strategy for sport on Wednesday.
SCHALKER CHAOS: After the personnel tsunami with five redundancies in the management and coaching staff, a new era begins at FC Schalke 04.
One of the most urgent tasks is the search for a new coach who will look after the bottom of the table as a major successor on Friday in the basement duel with FSV Mainz 05.
In view of the shortage of time, there is currently much to be said for an interim solution with the former Schalke professional Mike Büskens, who could help the Revierclub for the third time in a similar role after 2008 and 2009.
BUNDESLIGA TITLE RACE: In the exciting Bundesliga title race, FC Bayern is facing the ever-explosive duel with Borussia Dortmund.
While the Munich team have a full week of training to prepare for after their cup-out, BVB is challenged in the cup competition.
Certainly more of an advantage for Munich.
The Bayern returnees Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry should use the week to be able to take on important roles after their convincing comebacks against Dortmund.
Bayern's lead on pursuers Leipzig could grow again.
RB has to compete with fear opponents SC Freiburg
In four games in Breisgau there have already been three defeats for the Saxons.
2nd LEAGUE: The promotion race of the 2nd Bundesliga is the hot phase.
With home wins, VfL Bochum and Holstein Kiel (both 45 points) have taken the first two places in the table ahead of Greuther Fürth (43).
Hamburger SV (42) needed a win in the derby at FC St. Pauli on Monday to regain the top position.
On Saturday there will be a top duel between Fürth and Bochum, and next Monday HSV will receive their north rivals Holstein Kiel.
GERMAN TRAINER DUEL IN ENGLAND: In the German coach duel, England football champions Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp will meet FC Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel on Thursday evening.
With almost 20 points behind leaders Manchester City, both teams are only concerned with qualifying for the Champions League.
A counter separates the two former Mainz and Dortmund coaches Klopp and Tuchel.
With a home win at Anfield, the table sixth Liverpool could overtake fifth Chelsea and displace West Ham United from fourth place for the time being.
The Klopp-Elf stopped their defeat streak with a 2-0 in Sheffield.
Chelsea are still undefeated under Tuchel.
CUP INTERNATIONAL: In order to reach the Spanish Cup final, FC Barcelona have to improve significantly compared to the first leg.
The team around Lionel Messi has home rights against Sevilla FC on Wednesday - and can compensate for the 0-2 from the first leg.
The next day, UD Levante and Athletic Bilbao will determine the other finalists.
The first leg ended 1-1.
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