Not only is it the game of the day in the Bundesliga, but it can also be decisive in the future of the competition. Bayern Munich, leaders of the German league, visit Leipzig, second placed, in an attractive match (6.30 pm, Movistar Champions League) with the addition of being able to decide the fight for the title with 10 days remaining . The energetic team is four points behind first place and a win would leave them on the heels of Bayern, triggering the excitement. Otherwise, a Bavarian victory away from home would leave their immediate pursuer within 7 points and open a significant gap to lead to their ninth consecutive league title.
So Hansi Flick’s painting faces a litmus test at Red Bull Arena that will undoubtedly gauge the significance of Robert Lewandowski’s loss. The Polish striker, who scored 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga games, was injured during the national team break and will be off the pitch for about a month due to a ligament injury in his right knee. The Canadian full-back Alphonso Davies will also miss the appointment, after seeing the direct red against Stuttgart, and the central Jérome Boateng, due to accumulation of yellows. Lewandowski’s position could be filled by his natural substitute, Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, although another alternative would be for Serge Gnabry to play as a false nine. Meanwhile, Lucas Hernández is running as an option for the side and Niklas Süle would enter the defensive axis. Leipzig, meanwhile, will have to do without Angeliño once again. The Spanish winger, due to a muscle injury, and midfielder Kevin Kampl, due to suspension, are the two most relevant casualties of Julian Nagelsmann’s team.
Bayern is aware of what is at stake against Leipzig and does not want to miss the opportunity to hit the table to put a new league title on track. To do this, he will have to put all five senses in today’s game and mentally park the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against PSG that will be played on Wednesday in Munich.
The other great game of the day today in the Bundesliga is Borussia Dortmund-Eintracht, with the place of access to the Champions at stake. The Frankfurt team marches occupies the fourth position in the standings, four points above their rival, and if they win at home at Signal Iduna Park it would leave Haaland and company far from being able to reach the maximum continental competition.
Leipzig: Gulacsi; Orban, Upamecano, Klostermann; Mukiele, Adams, Sabitzer, Haidara; Dani Olmo, Forsberg y Nkunku.
Entrenador: Julian Nagelsmann
Bavaria: New; Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Lucas Hernández; Goretzka, Kimmich; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Choupo-Moting
Coach: Hansi Flick
Referee: Daniel Siebert
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
TV: Movistar Champions League