Borussia Dortmund and Bayern circumvented the logic that playing without fans takes advantage of the homeowner. They were the only ones, besides Hertha, to win as home team after the return of the German Championship, which had more victories from visitors.
The Bavarians beat Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday (23), and Borussia scored 4-0 in the North Westphalia classic against Schalke the week before. This Tuesday (26) will have the visit of the leader, Bayern, to the vice leader, Dortmund.
This is a four-point advantage for the Munich team, which means that could be the first decision of a major championship during the pandemic. Even without honoring the champion mathematically.
Bayern are favorites for the record of seven consecutive trophies, four of them with Borussia as their runner-up. He also accumulates the Champions League, of 2013, and the finals of the German Cup of 2014 and 2016, always the winner against Dortmund.
The Bavarians got better after being beaten by Frankfurt in the first round. The 5-1 defeat knocked out coach Nico Kovac, replaced by Hans Dieter Flick. As a player, Flick was an average midfielder, runner-up in the European Champions Cup in 1987, lost to Porto in Vienna.
Being played in Austria, the decision was marked as a zebra. Porto, of Algerian Madjer and Brazilian Juary, could not be imagined, beating Bayern, three-time German champion under the command of Udo Lattek, the first European champion for the Munich team.
As a coach, Flick made a simple switch in the middle and cast Goretzka as the third man, instead of having Muller or Coutinho with the tips Gnabry and Coman. The sector has gained consistency. Bayern were fourth when Kovac was fired in the tenth round. In the 20th, Flick's eighth game, he took the lead not to lose it anymore.
Borussia Dortmund's chance is to win in this Tuesday's classic. Then, he will have a difficult commitment against Leipzig, away from home. Bayern will visit Bayer Leverkusen and host Borussia Mönchengladbach. They will be your two most complicated rivals.
It will also be the duel between Lewandowski and Halland, top scorer and runner-up in the Champions League. Norwegian is the third version of the fast and surefire strikers discovered by Borussia. The first was precisely Lewa, author of four goals in José Mourinho's 4-1 defeat of Real Madrid, in the game that helped lead the team to the 2013 Champions League decision. The second was Aubameyang.
Dortmund is run by Swiss Lucien Favre and has returned from the pandemic stop better than he left.
Germany's Brandt and Belgian Thorgan Hazard made four passes for the six goals after their return. It is likely that the midfielders Kimmich and Thiago Alcântara, this son of globalization, are always around.
Born in Bari, Italy, he lived in São Paulo when Mazinho, his father, worked for Palmeiras. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro, spent his adolescence in Spain (selection that he defends) and plays for a German club.
Bayern has another child from these times when neither the virus chooses a homeland. Defender Alphonso Davies was born in a Liberian civil war refugee camp in the city of Buduburam in Ghana. He moved to Canada at age 5 and received Canadian nationality at age 17, two years before being traded by Vancouver to Bayern. Play as a striker, midfielder or side. It is global and multipurpose.