DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) – Leipzig are pinning their slim Bundesliga title on victory over Bayern Munich, and Robert Lewandowski’s injury has strengthened his chances.
On Saturday, “Leipzig” hosts “Bavaria”, four points behind the champion of the championship. The loss will be seven games behind the team, remaining seven games, which all assure “Bavaria” of the title for the ninth consecutive championship.
There are two things by Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann.
First, Lewandowski, who suffered a knee injury in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra, was ruled out for four weeks. That game was just more than official for Poland, but could play a key role in this season’s Bundesliga: Champions League.
The injury is a blow to the “Bavaria” striker’s attempt to break the record of 40 goals scored in one Bundesliga season. He needed six games before the accident. Lewandowski’s undisputed dominance means that reserve defender Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had little playing time.
Second, there is a story. Following the arrival of Bayern Munich coach Hans Flik in November 2019, he has beaten every team in the Bundesliga except one – Leipzig. Nagelsman’s team to the leaders 0: He drew 0-0 in Munich in February 2020, and “Bavaria” needed Thomas Mueller at best to save the score 3-3 in November.
The international break shook things after Lewandowski’s injury. “Bavaria” is the backbone of the German team, which lost 2-1 to Northern Macedonia in the World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. These players now have to quickly shift their focus to club issues and a different style of play.
It is unclear whether Leipzig will have to deal without defender Marcel Halstenberg after he was ordered to isolate himself from the German team after playing backgammon with a teammate who later praised the coronavirus.
Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is another suspicion of the game as he tries to recover from injury. If the French central defender plays, it will be a conversation, considering that he will move to “Bavaria” at the end of the season.
For Bayern, victory will not only mean a breakthrough in the title race, it will also allow Flick to focus his team on defending the Champions League title. On Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain will host the first match of the quarterfinals, the return match of last year’s final.
For Leipzig, the loss would mean that within a decade of Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga, the ceiling of a team that could be reduced by third-placed Wolfsburg could fall.
Like Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig is more of a risk-taker than a true title contender. This can make it difficult to keep promising young players.
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