Leipzig vs Bayern: Best Bundesliga game shows direction in title fight

Status: 01/20/2023 2:23 p.m.

Football fans are hoping for an exciting restart of the Bundesliga. RB Leipzig could help with that with a win over Bayern. But if Munich wins, there is a risk of going back to the title alone.

National record holder Lothar Matthäus signs on. “It’s just a game, yes, but very special: if Bayern win, they become champions. If Bayern don’t win or even lose, then Leipzig will be there too.”the 61-year-old national record holder said in an interview with “Kicker” about the title fight.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann knows that too. He attaches great importance to the match at the top for the resumption of the Bundesliga on Friday (January 20, 2023) with the pursuer. “It’s an important match, at the tables too”said Nagelsmann. The inhabitants of Leipzig are “certainly a main contender for the championship” and also since “undefeated forever”. League leaders Munich have a six-point lead over coach Marco Rose’s side going into Matchday 16.

Nagelsmann: “Not decisive, but good cushion”

“If we win the game, it’s not completely revolutionary or decisive, but nine points would be a good cushion in such a good team.”, Nagelsmann said of the third in the table. In case of defeat, his FC Bayern would be up to it “much more under pressure”.

In the fall and with a new coach, RB Leipzig was already better than the great FC Bayern. Will the inhabitants of Leipzig finally be able to surpass the record champions? For all the euphoria, the odds of that happening aren’t particularly good.

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Leipzig hoping for Werner

The people of Leipzig mainly rely on Timo Werner. After his syndesmosis, two months of absence due to injury and absent from the World Cup, the German striker is impatient to find himself at the top with Bayern.

For the restart, Werner got fit in the dress rehearsal against Czech club FK Mlada Boleslav – he scored an immediate goal in the 4-0 win. It was important “that I could play again after the injury”, says Werner. Even though the 26-year-old is not yet at “100 per cent” summer it feels “ready to play against Bayern”.

Leipzig wants to increase the pressure

And Werner is confident enough ahead of the long-awaited summit meeting. “What you can say: With a win we are increasing the pressure on Bayern, especially as there is still the second half to play.”he told “Sport Bild”. “indicate the path” is the game, where Werner also warned: “But even more important than beating Bayern is consistency afterwards. The championship will be decided in games against opponents who have completely different concerns.”

Given the injury of top striker Christopher Nkunku, it is “It’s particularly important that Timo is there”Rose said. Because after his return from FC chelsea in the summer Werner found his game getting better and better after a cautious start, before his injury he was scoring more often. Werner has now scored nine goals and four assists in 16 competitive games since returning to Leipzig.

Rose warns of good humor

Rose warned her team not to be too cocky. “It’s important that there is no classic exchange of blows, because then the strength and pace of Bayern’s counterattack comes into play.”, explained the 46-year-old man. It takes to win “A top performance, a courageous performance and a bit of luck at the right time”.

Official Summer Change

It remains to be seen whether Werner will also score against Bayern. Just in time for the top game, the Munich team clarified their goalkeeping problem and signed Swiss international goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, it’s not yet clear if Sommer will be in the box against the Saxons.

The alternative in goal for Bayern is Sven Ulreich. “At the end of the day there will be someone in goal. I don’t care who. We try to shoot left and right.”Rose said.

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