Berlin (dpa) – The Bundesliga is on the home stretch of the season:
CHAMPIONSHIP AND MÜLLER RETURN: If FC Bayern won in Bremen on Tuesday (8.30 p.m.), the 30th FC Bayern German championship would also be mathematically perfect. If the Munich do not win, they have to see what Dortmund does on Wednesday. After their yellow locks, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller return to the starting XI. There was a stir around Müller after statements about wage cuts and transfers. Now the top preparer of the league wants to set accents on the lawn.
IT WAS ONCE: The duel between Werder and Bayern used to be a classic. Today there are worlds between the two clubs. The Munich-based team got 45 points more this season than their former rival. The last Werder victory against Bayern was almost twelve years ago. While the Bavarians can get their eighth championship title in series on the Weser, the Bremen team is concerned with bare survival. After all, the latest 5: 1 in Paderborn gives courage to avert the first relegation in 40 years. But the penultimate table needs a few more points.
DOES GLADBACH SUBMIT? In the season’s final sprint, there is again a duel between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen for participation in the Champions League. Last year Bayer Gladbach snatched fourth place. That could happen again this year. Three games before the end, Leverkusen is one point ahead. On Tuesday, however, Gladbach can put the Werkself under pressure with a win against Wolfsburg. Leverkusen will only play the derby against Cologne on Wednesday. The psycho product opened Gladbach manager Max Eberl: “Leverkusen has to go to the Champions League, we want to go to the Champions League.”
UNION RESCUE AND PADERBORN DESCENT ?: This journey home is extremely uncomfortable for Steffen Baumgart. In Berlin of all places, the former Unioner may have to accept relegation to the Bundesliga as coach of SC Paderborn. And then also get to know the remains of the Iron Classes up close. Even if Union coach Urs Fischer refuses to play any arithmetic games, the starting position before the duel of promoted players in the stadium at the Alte Försterei is clear. Only with a victory can Paderborn still maintain the theoretical chance of remaining in the class. Union would be saved with success. For Fischer, staying in the class with the Berlin underdog would be “a sensation”.
FREIBURG’S NEXT STRIKE? Last week only celebrated its 55th birthday and then extended the contract, kidnapped a point from Wolfsburg on the weekend despite an early 0-2 deficit – it is underway with Freiburg coach Christian Streich. His team has long since been relegated, instead they are still fighting for participation in the Europa League three matchdays before the end. “How do you think we’d like to go to Lithuania or something to kick there?” Asked Streich. With a win against Hertha, the Breisgauers would come a bit closer to this goal. It would be the eighth prank this season.
AND ON WEDNESDAY: Schalke stumble through the second half of the season after a passable first half of the season. If the team remains without a win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, the “Knappen” will expand their negative record of 13 games without a win so far. The arch-rival from Dortmund, on the other hand, can break his record of the 2015/16 season (82 goals) with a goal against the relegation-threatened 1. FSV Mainz 05. The direct pursuer Leipzig under coach Julian Nagelsmann wants to secure the Champions League qualification by winning against the relegation-prone Düsseldorfers. Bayer 04 Leverkusen defended their fourth place with a win in the derby against Cologne and thus the direct qualification for the Champions League.