Julian Nagelsmann is looking for “control” against the unpredictable Borussia Dortmund

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Friday his team had to show “a more controlled game” if they were to beat opponents Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Bayern Munich travel to Dortmund after winning the last nine ties between the two clubs, but Nagelsmann said Dortmund under coach Edin Terzic have shed the unpredictability of recent years. “There’s been a lot of talk about Dortmund’s ‘inconsistent performances’ in recent games. I don’t think it’s that dramatic,” said Nagelsmann.

“I think they are having a good season and will be a top opponent tomorrow.”

Bayern and Dortmund go into the duel with 15 points in third and fourth place. It’s the first time in 13 years that one team hasn’t been at the top when it meets the other.

In addition to Bayern Munich’s recent dominance in the game, “The Classic” was also a rich source of goals.

Only once in the last 12 games between the teams have fewer than four goals been scored, which is perhaps a testament to the quality of the teams’ strikers in recent years – Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland – both of whom are now gone.

While Bayern Munich boasted a league high of 23 goals, Dortmund’s 11 goals total are among the lowest in the league, showing they are struggling more than their Bavarian rivals with the departure of their top scorer.

However, Nagelsmann said the hole left by the great Norwegian made Dortmund less predictable.

“I’m not sure yet who will play up front,” said Nagelsmann.

“They create a lot of give and go situations with a lot of good footballers sprinting behind the lines and getting good passes.

“They’re a very good side…especially when they defend deep – there’s always a lot of danger when they counterattack.”

Bayern’s Leon Goretzka, who used to play for Dortmund’s arch-rivals Schalke, said the result gave the winner nationwide bragging rights in German football.

“This is the game that Germany is looking forward to all year,” said Goretzka, who played 116 games for Schalke, on Friday.

“Now we (Bayern) are pursuers for once.

“It’s about prestige and it’s about supremacy in German football.”

Nagelsmann agreed, saying: “It’s an important game when it comes to the table – but as a symbol it’s also an important game.”

Two games of the recent duels – Bayern’s Thomas Müller and Dortmund’s captain Marco Reus – were ruled out of the duel due to illness and injury respectively.

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However, Bayern are bolstered by the return of French winger Kingsley Coman, while Dortmund welcome Mats Hummels, Gregor Kobel, Marius Wolf and Gio Reyna.

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