Nothing to lose
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund. Third-ranked vs. the team on top. Current German champion vs. future German champion? One match. Three possible outcomes: win, lose or draw. And I can't fight the feeling that Borussia has nothing, really nothing, to lose. Let's face every option for the result on Saturday evening. If we manage to win in Munich, we are 16 points ahead of Bayern and that would definitely mean the end of all championship dreams of the record champion. If we come home from Munich with one point, we could certainly be more content than the Bavarians. And even if we lose, it would still mean a lead of ten points and in the worst case seven points compared to second-ranked Neverkusen. So really... We have nothing, really nothing to lose!
Since Wednesday, news coverage about the German top match focuses on one person: Roman Weidenfeller. After an accident with Mats Hummels during the training session, our number one suffers from pain in his left knee and it is not sure if he will be able to play. It will be a last-minute decision and in case Roman misses the match, it will be time for the debut of Mitch Langerak, our new Australian goalkeeper to finally step in on the big theatre of the German Bundesliga. A tough challenge but we should be sure that he is able to master it. Klopp's comment on the possible debut of Langerak: "Instead of one of the best German goalkeepers, we will play with one of the best Australian keepers." If Mitch plays on Saturday, it will probably mean that Borussia will present the youngest starting line-up in the history of our club, it will mean an average of 22.7 years. Another opportunity for our young guns to show what they are capable of.
Lucas Barrios will be able to play after having some pangs over the week and Kuba could also be back in the squad after missing the last matches because of a knee injury. That would mean the missing of Owomoyela, who joins the second team, Zidan, Kagawa and Kringe, skipper Kehl will probably take a seat on the bench to give Klopp the opportunity to bring in some experience and a leader if there is a need to do so. In Munich, the personal situation is much more laid-back since they only miss Olic like in the rest of the season.
So what do we have to look out for in Munich? Of course, the outrageous offense of the Bavarians. With Thomas Müller, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez, it is probably the best offense of the German Bundesliga. During the match against Munich in beautiful Westfalenstadion, the team of Louis van Gaal had some good opportunities in the first half, especially Mario Gomez had a lot of good scenes where he missed to score. But that was before he started his scoring streak which has brought him to 18 goals and the top of the scorer ranking. But like nearly always, every medal has two sides. Bayern in some way resemble a modern Real Madrid – good offense, sucking defense. The double six is build by Bastian Schweinsteiger and some random guy (Tymoshchuk, Ottl or in most cases, Pranjic), on the left defense, Luiz Gustavo did not prove his worth and the inner defense of Badstuber and (at most times) Tymoshchuk had some big problems over the last weeks – for example in Cologne, where Bayern gambled away a secure 2-0 lead just to go home with nothing and a 2-3 defeat. With our great offense and a striking Super-Lucas, a brilliant Mario Götze and great passes by Nuri Sahin, we can surely destroy their defense and if Schmelzer manages to gain control over Robben and Hummels and Subotic underline their good impression of this season, there should be something to gain in Munich.
10.000 supporters of our beloved Borussia are expected to go the long way to Munich and support our team, millions around the world will be watching and hopefully, our BVB will gain at least one point. A draw would be fair enough with me and most importantly, it will not be enough for the Bavarians who have smiled at us over the last years so often. On Wednesday, we could mentally support them when they play Blue-White in the semi-final of the cup, but until then, we have no presents for them. Just a secure defense around Mats Hummels (who was underestimated in Munich), a creative midfield around Mario Götze (who is the crown jewel of our youth section) and a scoring Super-Lucas and we will not lose in Munich... even if we have nothing, really nothing to lose at all.
Bayern Munich: Kraft - Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Badstuber, Pranjic - Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Gomez
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller (Langerak) - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Sahin - Götze, Lewandowski, Großkreutz - Barrios
Referee: Gräfe (Berlin)