One point? Four points? Or even seven? At the top of the league, a fresh and energetic Favre-BVB can start the event in the Bundesliga. Munich generation series champions reject status as a model of elimination and threatening: the classic "totally different".
Pressure? Afraid of a seven-point deficit? Because. "I don't feel the pressure," Niko Kovac said with a smile on several occasions before his most important match as Bayern coach.
The 47-year-old wanted to "enjoy" his first German soccer match, the Clásico on Saturday night (at 18.30) as he declared the "favorite" Borussia Dortmund championship leader. However, Germany is electrified: November 10 2018 can accelerate turnaround in the Bundesliga.
The top match is the season's turning point for the now-old ensemble of Munich, where BVB's young and energetic advice led by coaching Owl Lucien Favre (61) is preparing to end Bayern's long-standing dominance in the Bundesliga. Kovac summed up the opportunities and risks of 90 minutes full of emotions in one sentence: "Seven points will be many, one point will be few."
Maintaining a four-point status with a draw is the minimum goal for both teams. "We cannot lose under any circumstances," said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer. However, he never entered the game with fear of losing. Favres Dortmunder doesn't need to do a scary med game. "Good at defending and attacking smartly," is the coach's plan, which doesn't care about the opponent's last form: "Bayern remain Bayern! We have to do the top work. From defense to attack they have a lot of experience."
Routine – especially in big matches – almost all Bayern professionals have many BVB young stars going forward. On special motivations at Neuer, Lewandowski, Boateng, Ribéry and Co. also Kovac. "I know Bayern, in such matches they are quite large. I am sure that we stand by our man," said the Croat.
Robert Lewandowski, who has scored ten times against his former club in eight matches since 2014, said: "It's classic, it's really a different game." The Munich star prominently conjures up team spirit. "We have to play one hundred percent, either defensive or offensive. It all has to work well together as a team."
Also Uli Hoeneß changed after the first "outsider" slogan quickly returned to attack mode: "Dortmund played really well. But not as good as we can," he said in Dresden. "If Dortmund is at the top, I am the first to congratulate. But until that happens, we will try it." Hoeneß believes that "we will not lose."
The president has put himself in advance for Kovac in position, even if it must be wrong at the BVB stadium sold out for Bayern. "I feel the absolute trust of the club," Kovac replied. Success in big matches with tactical mastery will still be useful. "We will try to enforce our football," said BVB hunter Kovac. Can Arjen Robben (knee) be there, uncertain before the final training.
Bayern's low buildup in the distribution of roles keeps them in Dortmund for transparent maneuvers. "Bayern have ten points in the Champions League and in the last six years it has been clearly the German champion – this is a fact," Michael Zorc replied. The sporting director also holds a bit of headlines, the duel can be very decisive in a title battle: "We have succeeded in the last few years every now and then to beat Bayern Munich. But the point is more than 34 games.
However, for the first time since 11 April 2012 BVB took the lead in a league fight with a record champion. At least because of this, Hans-Joachim Watzke saw greater pressure on the Munich side. "Because of the tabular situation and claims of Bayern there is certainly something to do," said the BVB boss: "For German football, it's good that now you have more games under a slightly different constellation."
Borussia is currently more innovative than industry leaders in many ways. Thanks to the wise personnel's decision, the district club has succeeded in returning the equivalent. In the BVB squad there are only a few extraordinary talents such as Jadon Sancho (18), Christian Pulisic (20) or Jakob Bruun Larsen (20) with a good perspective. This game looks more structured. And the hierarchy in the team seems clearer than the opponent. In Marco Reus and Axel Witsel, Dortmund has a true leader. "We've done the right thing in the summer," said Zorc proudly.
The Bavarians were impressed how rare. "Dortmund has a dynamic team. BVB has a lot of strength and very few weaknesses at the moment," Kovac said. And they must search "with a magnifying glass": "We are the people who must hunt them now."
On Saturday it is very different from the last. "I only know that we are now hunted," said goalkeeper Roman Bürki. "And we will try everything to get three points at home and stay on top." The last one has been fixed before kick-off.