In the world of football, Bayern Munich’s recent struggles have left the door open for Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to potentially dethrone the Bavarians as champions. The two teams will face off in a crucial match on Friday, with both sides vying for the top spot in the Bundesliga.
Although Union Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Freiburg have all had impressive performances this season, Dortmund and Leipzig are considered to be the biggest threats to Bayern’s quest for an 11th consecutive title. In fact, over the past six seasons, Dortmund and Leipzig have consistently battled for the second-place position in the league.
While Dortmund appeared to be out of the running after falling nine points behind Bayern, a string of impressive victories has brought them level with the reigning champions. Meanwhile, Leipzig has quietly been building their case for the title under the guidance of former Dortmund manager Marco Rose. With 37 points in 17 games, they have more points than any other team in the league since Rose took over.
Despite Dortmund’s recent resurgence, Leipzig has won their last three encounters, including a dominant 4-1 victory in the 2021-22 season. However, Dortmund had previously gone unbeaten in eight matches against Leipzig, including a 4-1 victory in the 2020-21 German Cup final.
Both teams will be near full strength for Friday’s match, with Leipzig counting on top scorer Christopher Nkunku and Dortmund welcoming back wing-back Julian Ryerson. Leipzig midfielder Benjamin Henrichs has expressed his excitement for the match, saying “you start playing football for games like this,” while Dortmund manager Edin Terzic has stressed the importance of hard work and diligence.
Overall, this highly anticipated clash between Dortmund and Leipzig comes at a pivotal time in the season, with the winner potentially positioning themselves as the main contender to stop Bayern Munich’s reign as champions.
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