Saturday will be the 104th meeting between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, usually Dortmund have been Bayern’s closest challengers but this year, a whopping 13 points separate the two sides.
Ahead of the clash, Joshua Kimmich sat down with Bayern’s official site fcbayern.com and spoke about the upcoming match while reflecting on the last two outings between the two sides.
Kimmich was asked if the rivalry is still as fierce, despite Bayern being head and shoulders above Dortmund this season as 13 points separate them in the league table.
“Games against Dortmund are always special. Since I’ve been here, they’ve always been our fiercest rivals Kimmich said. The games were usually very tight, especially in Dortmund. We were often able to win at home and that’s our goal this time as well. But we know how much quality BVB have and that’s why it’s a special game, I think for the fans as well.”
The Bayern midfielder was then quizzed about the last outing against Dortmund when he suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of action for over two months.
“Yes, unfortunately, I got injured in that last game against them. Actually, I felt very, very good before the game. I didn’t have the feeling that I was tired. It was an accident, it happens. I immediately tried to focus on my comeback. But for me, the most important thing was not to come back as fast as possible, but to be as strong as beforehand. And for my body to not have any weak points or problem areas afterwards. I’ve managed that quite well up to this point.”
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Kimmich managed to score the winner when Bayern faced off against Dortmund in the Supercup final and the German was asked if Bayern’s resolve will help on Saturday.
“We need absolute resolve in every game, not just against Dortmund. But especially against them – in a game where two teams are almost on an equal footing. We’re a few points ahead, but Dortmund have the quality to compete at the top. That’s why mentality might make the difference in the end, so it does have to be evident that we absolutely want this.”
Clashes between Bayern and Dortmund are always special and we cannot wait to see what the next installment has to offer on Saturday.