Bayern interim boss Hans-Dieter Flick insists his misfiring side WILL be able to cope with Dortmund’s pace in Der Klassiker
- Hans-Dieter Flick took charge after the sacking of Niko Kovac on Saturday
- The former assistant manager led Bayern to a 2-0 CL victory over Olympiacos
- Now the club turn their attention to the Der Klassiker clash against Dortmund
Flick was handed the reins after the sacking of Niko Kovac, who left the club following a heavy 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Flick, the former assistant manager, led Bayern to a 2-0 victory over Greek Super League side Olympiacos in the group stages of the Champions League this week.
Olympiacos was a perfect start for Flick, who took charge of Bayern following Niko Kovac’s exit
Now the club turn their attention to one of the biggest matches of the Bundesliga season as Bayern prepare to host second-placed Dortmund, who sit two places above them in the table.
‘We want to beat Dortmund,’ Flick said at a pre-match press conference.
‘It will be played at a high level, both teams have very good players. BVB have a lot of speed, we need to defend against and deal with that.
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‘The players are focused, they are so professional. They know how important this game is, they will give everything and are fired up for it.’
Flick would not be drawn into talking about the prospect of his role becoming permanent, saying at the press conference: ‘Dortmund is the target for me now, we want to win. That’s what drives me and the team. I feel the team is ready, everything else does not interest me.
‘It’s about beating Bayern. The club will make its decision.
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‘On Saturday we’ve got a game that the whole of Germany is looking forward to. We can lay down another marker with that.’
Bayern captain Manual Neuer disregarded Dortmund’s higher position in the table, telling the club website: ‘We always know what’s at stake in these games. It’s a meeting of equals, regardless of where we stand in the Bundesliga table and who’s ahead.
‘It’s Der Klassiker.’
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc described the club as having an ‘absolutely horrendous record’ from previous visits to the Allianz Arena.
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Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Zorc was all too aware that the Black and Yellows have not enjoyed an away Bundesliga victory against Bayern for over five years.
‘We need to match…