Jupp heynckes must protect his chance of winning the championship with FC bayern munchen in leverkusen, while otto rehhagel faces his home debut for hertha BSC and urgently needs his first points. Gladbach, undefeated in seven games, is breathing down FC bayern’s neck. At the relegation-threatened 1. FC kaiserslautern coach marco under pressure shortly before game against vfl wolfsburg.
Eleven matchdays before the end of the season, at least a small preliminary decision can be made at the top of the table. If the defending champions from dortmund, who are undefeated for 17 games, also win against FSV mainz 05 on saturday and FC bayern lose at their pursuers in leverkusen, the munich team would already be seven points behind the champions.
"We still have eleven games to go, so there are still a lot of things to be corrected," said bayern coach heynckes before returning to his old club in leverkusen. "I’m looking forward to seeing my former players again, of course, and hope it will be the same after the game," said the coach. Confidence remains high among the record holders. "I believe in the team and the title," said captain philipp lahm in an interview with the trade magazine "kicker".
The fact that the team has been preparing for the match in the rhineland since thursday shows how seriously the second-placed team in the table takes the game. The stricken franck ribery is also expected to be part of the team on saturday. Arjen robben boosted his confidence with two goals in the netherlands’ 3-2 win in england. Bayer coach robin dutt also believes the bavarians are "back on track". The coach is still worried about the deployment of the ailing vedran corluka and andre schurrle.
Former hertha pro otto rehhagel faces a herculean task in his home debut for the berliners. The team must end its 12-game winless streak against its long-time employers werder bremen, of all teams. "It’s going to be a tough one," said the 73-year-old coach, who motivated his players in training with a prize of 10 euros for the best goal.
Also the 1. FC kaiserslautern (against vfl wolfsburg) and SC freiburg (against FC schalke 04) can come out of the bottom of the table with a sense of achievement in front of their own audiences. However, both clubs are plagued by personnel problems. Palatinate must do without goalkeeper kevin trapp, while freiburg is without several regulars. FCK coach kurz remains in focus after 13 games without a win. "I’m not abdicating my sporting responsibility now – but it’s about the club and not about me personally," said the coach.
Borussia moenchengladbach’s eleven, undefeated in seven games, currently have the best winning streak after BVB, but most recently had to settle for a draw at home against hamburger SV. Also at the 1. FC nurnberg a win is not a foregone conclusion. "It’s not easy away from home, especially at nurnberg, who have a good team and are desperate to add to their tally at home after the away win in bremen," said borussia captain filip daems.