The biggest game of matchday nine of the Bundesliga will take place at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund is set to host Bayern Munich in the first Der Klassiker of the season. With both teams enduring mixed start to the season, Der Klassiker is expected to be a mouth-watering affair.
Bayern has managed to build momentum before travelling to Dortmund on Saturday. The Bavarian club managed to bring a halt to the winless run of four games in the Bundesliga with an emphatic 4-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. They followed up last Friday’s win against Leverkusen with an even better performance at Allianz Arena on Tuesday in the Champions League.
The defending Bundesliga champions have struggled in their last couple of away games in the Bundesliga, which will make the trip to Signal Iduna Park even more challenging. A victory on Saturday will firmly bring Die Roten’s Bundesliga campaign on track after a tough September.
Saturday will be the first Der Klassiker for Bayern’s five summer signings. Sadio Mane has played multiple big games in Premier League during his six-year stay at Liverpool. However, the Senegalese forward is very much excited about playing at Signal Iduna Park. While talking to Sport1 this week, Sadio Mane insisted that he is very much looking forward to playing in front of the Yellow Wall.
"“I know the Yellow Wall and know it’s special. Everyone knows the stadium in Dortmund, it’s one of the best in the world. Playing there is fantastic.”“Everyone wants to play this game, we are all looking forward to it, it will be exciting and difficult for sure.”"
Mane will have a big say in the outcome of Der Klassiker since he is back in form after two good performances against Leverkusen and Viktoria Plzen. The Senegalese forward struggled during September, but he is back to becoming a menace in the final third for Die Roten.
The former Liverpool forward found the back of the net against Bayer Leverkusen. He also delivered a man-of-the-match performance against Plzen, scoring once and providing the assist for Leroy Sane’s second goal. Considering his good record in big games for Liverpool, the Bavarian faithful will be hoping to see Mane on the scoresheet against Dortmund.
Sadio Mane features in one of our key individual battles on Saturday that will have a big say in the outcome of the game. The 30-year-old might not have to create as much as he did against Plzen since Thomas Muller is set to return from illness. He may have to solely focus on beating the full-back and making consistent runs in the final third.
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A win in Der Klassiker is always huge for Bayern, but Saturday’s win will certainly establish the fact that the poor run of form is over. Beating Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park can set the tone for the remaining games before players leave for the World Cup in November.