It will not just be bragging rights on offer for Borussia Dortmund when they take on Schalke on Saturday in the second Revierderby of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season.
Of course, that is not to say that getting one over their bitter rivals will not be a huge motivation for Lucien Favre’s charges at Signal Iduna Park.
But, as the closest challengers to leaders Bayern Munich with a four-point gap at present, Dortmund know victory is a must if they are to keep up the pressure on the reigning champions.
Borussia Dortmund’s Top 5 Revierderby Goals
While they have had bouts of inconsistency this term, BVB have found some form recently and are currently on a four-game winning streak in the Bundesliga after impressive triumphs over Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen, Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Nonetheless, the form guide usually gets thrown out the window in derbies and, in Germany, they do not come much bigger than the Revierderby.
So, which Dortmund stars could be the key to three points on Saturday? FOX Sports Asia looks closer at a trio of pivotal players.
THE DEFENSIVE LYNCHPIN
When Dortmund have not played well this season, the main reason has been a vulnerability at the back but the ship has been steadied of late largely owing to Favre’s decision to switch to a back three.
Veteran Lukasz Piszczek and young gun Dan-Axel Zagadou have been introduced to good effect but the one constant binding the defence together is Mats Hummels.
It looked like Hummels was on the wane after some less-than-impressive displays for Bayern last season but it paved the way for a return to Signal Iduna Park, and he has picked up right where he left off in 2016 albeit with former defensive partner Neven Subotic no longer around.
Still only 31, the ex-Germany international arguably continues to be unmatched when it comes to reading the play and is responsible for initiating attacks from the back.
THE GENERAL IN MIDFIELD
For all the hype surrounding Dortmund’s free-flowing attack, it is sometimes easy to overlook the man that keeps things ticking in the middle of the park – Axel Witsel.
Since joining Dortmund from Tianjin Quanjian in the summer of 2018, the Belgian has established himself as an automatic pick in the starting XI and is one of the Bundesliga’s most-consistent performers.
Perhaps quite unfairly, Witsel is often stereotyped as a defensive sort when he actually offers his team plenty going forward as well, with his tidy distribution and desire to get into the box that has seen him net four times in the league so far this season.
The 31-year-old has bonded seamlessly with January arrival Emre Can, with the two of them combining for quite the unstoppable engine room.
THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE
With 14 goals and 15 assists in the league this season, Jadon Sancho is now well and truly one of world football’s superstars… and he only turns 20 later this month!
In the absence of talismanic captain Marco Reus, who is currently sidelined with a muscle injury sustained in last month’s loss to Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal, Sancho has really stepped up to shoulder the heavy lifting and is proving very capable of doing so.
With the addition of Erling Haaland in January, the Dortmund frontline is looking increasingly unstoppable with the Norwegian and Sancho leading the way while being ably supported by Thorgan Hazard, Achraf Hakimi and Julian Brandt.
And, while Sancho continues to be linked with Europe’s biggest clubs, he remains – for now – solely focused on helping BVB end their eight-year wait for the Meisterschale.
MERCATO: APEJES place deux joueurs en AUTRICHE
Il s’agit de KEKOH NDIFOR ET MISSI TOMP PHOENIX qui viennent de s’engager pour le club ADMIRA WACKER.
Léon Aimé ZANG, l un des meilleurs formateurs de l heure au Cameroun à encore de frapper.
Il vient de placer deux joueurs en première division Autrichienne dans le club Admira .
Les deux ont paraphé chacun un contrat de 3ans avec ce club mythique Autrichien.
Après avoir transféré Oum Gouet en Autriche dans le club Altach il ya deux ans, voici à nous 2 joueurs de Apejes de Mfou qui arrivent en Autriche.
Une constance qui prouve que son staff technique fait progresser permanent les joueurs.
Chapeau à AIMÉ LEON ZANG qui oeuvre pour la progression des footballeurs CAMEROUNAIS.
Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich
By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through
According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.
The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.
His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.
Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.
His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.
Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 3, 2020
It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.
Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.
Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)
The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.
Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .
The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.
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