📣 Nagelsmann on Der Klassiker, squad updates, nerves and stopping Haaland | OneFootball

📣 Nagelsmann on Der Klassiker, squad updates, nerves and stopping Haaland

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Emily Wilson

Ahead of Bayern Munich’s trip to Dortmund on Saturday, manager Julian Nagelsmann addressed the media.

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Here is everything he had to say.

On facing Borussia Dortmund

“The game will have a lot to offer. Everyone knows what’s at stake with the teams at 30 and 31 points.

“That’s great for the league, it will be exciting.

“The motivation will be exceptionally high in both camps.”

On squad updates

“We were going to take Gabriel Vidovic with us to Dortmund, unfortunately, he suffered an injury yesterday and will be out for a few weeks.

“The chances [Leon Goretzka] would play are 60-40, it won’t be decided until tomorrow. The game is too big to let someone who isn’t at 100% play.

“[Marcel] Sabitzer is still out for a while. Joshua Kimmich will return over the course of next week, I’m not sure exactly when.

“Eric Choupo-Moting could get out of quarantine tonight if the test is negative. But he will not be available tomorrow.

“Josip Stanišić will be out for around 6 weeks.”

On stopping Haaland

“He’s of course a threat. Haaland is always lurking behind the opponent waiting for through balls. We have to prevent the quick transitions.

“But BVB also have a problem which is Robert Lewandowski.

“Whoever has the opponent’s best attacker under control will have a good chance.”

On Lewandowski’s Ballon d’Or finish

“He doesn’t look frustrated now. But he deserved to win it, so it probably hurts a bit.

“Now it’s about the future and I think he can still win the award in the next few years.

“He can be disappointed, but he also has to draw new energy from it.”

On nerves

“Yesterday I noticed a bit that I was a little more tense than I was before many other games.

“It’s an important game for our club. We have a certain standard.

“Dortmund is having a good season. The anticipation is already very big.”

On limited fans in the stands

“I have no idea whether it would have been a big disadvantage for us if the stadium had been sold out.

“But I’m happy when 15,000 come and create a good atmosphere.

“It’s psychological kick that will spur us on well.”