Champions League: Dortmund can expect “highly motivated Bayern”.

Champions League
Dortmund can expect “highly motivated Bayern”.

Bayern Munich's players celebrate in front of the fan block after the game against Viktoria Pilsen.  Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

Bayern Munich’s players celebrate in front of the fan block after the game against Viktoria Pilsen. photo

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4-0 against Leverkusen, 5-0 against Pilsen – Bayern warm up against two sparring partners for the league hit against BVB. Mané revs up again, Sané delivers the “icing on the cake”.

Julian Nagelsmann was able to switch to Borussia Dortmund during the easy goal festival against Viktoria Pilsen. At 5:0 in the Champions League against the Czech soccer champions, the FC Bayern coach took advantage of the opportunity to be able to replace Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala as the first top performers during the break.

Double goalscorer Leroy Sané, Dayot Upamecano and Leon Goretzka did not have to work the full 90 minutes in the Bundesliga top game next Saturday (6.30 p.m.) at BVB in order to keep fit. “We can take self-confidence with us,” said Nagelsmann, looking on Dortmund. Scoring five goals is something, “Pilsen are Czech champions after all”.

Ex-Schalke Goretzka sent Mia-san-mia greetings from Munich to the west. The Dortmunders should “look forward to a highly motivated Bavaria-Team”, announced the national player. The last warm-up for the league cracker was a “successful evening”, as Goretzka noted. For the BVB duel, Munich hopes for the return of Thomas Müller and Joshua, who are infected with the corona virus Kimmich.

Salihamidzic: “Have found the rhythm again”

The offensive in particular has fought its way out of the strong form slump before the international break. Four attackers’ goals in the 4-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen were now followed by five against Pilsen by Leroy Sané (2), Serge Gnabry, Sadio Mané and substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. “Made strong boys,” tweeted Thomas Müller from the corona isolation at home.

“The team’s performance was great from start to finish,” said the enthusiastic Mané. “We scored nice goals. And now we have a nice game in Dortmund,” commented sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who said: “We’ve found our rhythm again.” This is especially true for the 30-year-old Mané, who seems to be picking up on the first weeks of the season. This was not only evident in the Senegalese’s first premier class goal in the Bayern jersey, but also in his brilliant pass to colleague Sané, who is currently trumping on Europe’s stage with four goals in three games.

Mané’s performance improvement is easy to explain, said Nagelsmann: “He is a person with feelings, mind, thoughts.” The criticism of his performance did not leave the star striker “indifferent”. Sané is also currently a success factor. “He can give a team the icing on the cake,” remarked Nagelsmann.


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