It’s been a chaotic and busy few days at Bayern Munich’s Sabener Strasse, with Julian Nagelsmann unexpectedly being relieved of his duties and replaced by Thomas Tuchel. The former Chelsea boss must settled quickly, as his first game in charge is against another ex-club in Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
The Bavarians are currently trailing BVB in the Bundesliga title race, with their Der Klassiker rivals leading the way by just the single point in the fight for the highly-coveted Meisterschale. The Ruhr Valley club haven’t won the Bundesliga since 2011/12, so will be determined to usurp their fierce adversaries.
Tuchel returns to the hotseat six months after his acrimonious sacking from Chelsea. The leading tactician was once in this boat with Dortmund, attempting to knock Bayern off their perch. Now, he will be looking to quash the threats of Edin Terzic’s men, and attempt to retain the Bundesliga title for a record 32nd time.
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Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund match stats
Incredibly, Tuchel averaged 2.09 points in the Bundesliga during his time as Borussia Dortmund manager (between 2015 and 2017), which is a record for the club in the competition’s history, and underlines the scope of his talents.
One of his signings was Raphael Guerreiro, and he faces a man very much in form. The Portuguese defender has registered seven assists in 2023 alone, which is the most of any player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
At the other end of the spectrum, Emre Can will have to be careful of overstepping the mark here. The midfield ball destroyer has picked up a yellow card in each of his last three matches against Bayern Munich.
Dortmund stopped a rotten run of eight straight defeats in this fixture earlier this season after producing a 2-2 draw against Bayern. Nagelsmann’s men looked set to extend that record after goals from Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sane, but BVB battled back late on, with Youssoufa Moukoko reducing the deficit 15 minutes from time, and Anthony Modeste bagging a 95th-minute equaliser.