Schweinsteiger: Empty Dortmund stadium is advantage for Bayern Munich





Berlin (dpa) - Former Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger said Sunday he sees the club as favourites to win against Borussia Dortmund in their Tuesday match.



"Playing in the stadium is known to put pressure on the guest team. That's why I think it's an advantage for Bayern to have the stadium empty," the 2014 World Cup winner told broadcaster ARD.
According to Schweinsteiger, Dortmund needs to show "that they want to be an absolutely top-level team. Not only in the Bundesliga but at a European level."
Schweinsteiger said Dortmund has several excellent players, especially in the forward game, such as Julian Brandt or Jadon Sancho.
However, Bayern has players on a very high level who could decide games, he said.
Bayern enter Tuesday's match with a four-point lead over Dortmund and with victory could take a big step towards a record-extending eighth straight Bundesliga title.
On Saturday, Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 while Dortmund prevailed 2-0 at Wolfsburg.
But the competing clubs were sweating on the fitness of their centre backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng ahead of their Bundesliga table-topper.
Hummels was substituted with Achilles tendon problems at half-time of Dortmund's victory at Wolfsburg, while Boateng had to quit with muscular problems late in Munich's win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Dortmund's sports director Michael Zorc said Hummels has been nursing Achilles problems for some time but added "we hope he'll be able to play again on Tuesday," a statement echoed by coach Lucien Favre.
In Munich, they also hope that Boateng will recover quickly, with an upbeat coach Hansi Flick saying: "He had a few problems but I believe it is not so bad that he can't play. I believe it should be OK by Tuesday."
Boateng and Hummels once formed central defence together in the German national team highlighted by the 2014 World Cup title. They were also paired together in Munich before Hummels returned to Dortmund last year and is a team leader there.
Both sides have won their two matches after the coronavirus-related break and have shown fine form since the winter break, with Munich picking up 28 of 30 possible points in the period and Dortmund 27.
"We obviously have a lot of respect for Bayern. But I'm personally really looking forward to this match. And we're in really good form," Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney said.

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Monday, May 25th 2020
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