The seasoned champions versus the exciting future, this Saturday’s Der Klassiker will have little significance over the destination of the title this season but could show us if we are nearing the point of a potential power shift in German Football.
Heynckes rejoined Bayern for a fourth spell as coach in October and ever since domestic domination has ensued for the Bavarian team. It can’t be forgotten that Bayern have looked imperious this season even though they have been without Neuer for most of the year and have been coming to terms with the retirement of Lahm.
Goals have not been hard to come by and predictably it has been Lewandowski who has provided the majority for the team. The older heads in the Bayern squad have continued to contribute this year with the likes of Robben, Ribery and Muller still affecting games to a level which most clubs in Germany cannot cope with.
What Heynckes has done successfully this year is build on his previous success and very much repeat the same model with the same players and so far is getting very much the same results. The challenge for Bayern going into this Der Klassiker is that they are coming up against something very fresh in the shape of the Dortmund attack.
Chelsea fans knew it, Marseille fans knew it, even Standard Liege fans knew it…. Batshuayi is a goal scorer and it is unclear how Conte did not know this. Since moving to Germany in January Batshuayi has been played as the focal point in the Dortmund attack with either Reus, Gotze, Schürrle or Pulisic behind him in a three.
When this forward four have combined they have looked as impressive as anything else in Germany this season brining pace, skill and incredible movement. Since the introduction of Batshuayi pressure has been removed from others within the team to get goals and this has contributed to a more relaxed, free flowing football from Dortmund as a whole.
There are still Champions League places for Dortmund to fight for this season with challengers Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig all still looking for a second place finish.being the runway Bayern.
Dortmund now out of the Europa League for this year only have the Bundesliga to focus on, Bayern on the other hand have an away match against Sevilla to worry about during the coming week. These matches rarely disappoint in terms of excitement and Dortmund will feel that a big performance on Saturday in Munich could act a warning shot for what is to come next season from them.
Der Klassiker is live on BT Sport 2 5pm Saturday.