Submit. Build pressure on Borussia Dortmund. Make a master statement. Thomas Tuchel's Bayern plan for the top Bundesliga game on Saturday evening (6.30 p.m. / Sky) in Bremen at SV Werder, which he admired as a teenager, is in place.
"It's more pleasant to present. But you also have to do it," said the Munich coach on Friday about the tempting prospect of a win in the Weser Stadium to increase the lead over title rivals BVB to four points, who only play against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
However, the presentation must also succeed, as Tuchel emphasized with reference to the previous matchday when Dortmund only scored 1-1 at VfL Bochum. "Last week Bochum opened a door for us. Then we went through it," said Tuchel, recalling his own 2-0 win against Hertha BSC. The return to the top of the table should have an inspiring effect on the Munich soccer stars, who for the first time in years have to fight for the league title.
BVB in hunter role
BVB, on the other hand, is back in the role of the hunter and needs strong nerves. In the next three games, the Revierclub only intervenes after the Munich team and has to react to the result of their rivals.
"The only thing we can influence are our own games. Despite all the setbacks, we're still within reach of reaching our goal," said Dortmund coach Edin Terzic. The 40-year-old is hoping for a Bundesliga final with suspense until the final day of the game on May 27: "It's about keeping up the pressure. That's only possible if we get three points." The excitement about the missing penalty kick in favor of BVB a week ago should not disturb the preparation. "There is no time to quarrel for too long. It's about showing that nothing can stop us," emphasized Terzic.
Thanks to the slip, the Munich team had passed again. "The win against Hertha was extremely important to get back on top. Now we're in a situation that we wanted. We can influence it ourselves again," said Joshua Kimmich. With two assists to Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, the national player was the one who led the way against Hertha as boss. "Now there are four games left. We will approach each one in such a way that we want to win it," announced Kimmich.
Favorite opponent Werder
Werder is almost a favorite opponent. Since September 2008, Bayern have not been defeated in 30 competitive games against Werder (26 wins, four draws, 94 goals: 20). The 49-year-old Tuchel was even a Bremen fan as a teenager. "Werder was always a spectacle, that was incredibly attractive," he recalled of Bremen's times under coaching legend Otto Rehhagel.
At that time, Werder was still a Bayern rival. In the present this is Dortmund. And Oliver Kahn, whom some already see as Bayern boss on call, is already preparing Germany for a heart-stopping final on May 27th. "It stays super tight, maybe until the last minute of the last day of the game," said the former Germany goalkeeper and Bayern captain.
In terms of personnel, the series champion crawls into the final four-pack against Bremen, Schalke, Leipzig and Cologne. Tuchel even sounded a little alarm on Friday. In view of the long list of absentees from the suspended Leon Goretzka to the injured Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Alphonso Davies, Dayot Upamecano and Josip Stanisic, who came in with a fresh muscle tear, he spoke of a "pretty decimated squad". For Goretzka, the young Dutchman Ryan Gravenberch can start next to Kimmich after his positive short appearance against Hertha. "That's obvious. I liked him," said Tuchel.
The coach still has a prominent selection on the offensive, but also a central gap. Without Choupo-Moting, the "classic nine, which feels comfortable with its back to the goal," would be missing, explained Tuchel. A center forward is high on his summer wish list.
Of course, Tuchel publicly postponed the exciting future debates on Säbener Straße. "We have to be there in Bremen, that's what counts. We have to stay in the here and now," warned the coach. The last title option, which for Kahn is expressly "no consolation prize", should not and must not also burst. "It's a tight title race. And we can't afford any more great ups and downs," said Tuchel energetically. Just like Dortmund.