Bundesliga – Bayern Munich responds to Dortmund before returning to Paris Saint-Germain

The lights are green for Bayern. Four days before receiving Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Munich club won on the lawn of the poorly ranked Stuttgart (2-1), Saturday evening, and responded to Dortmund, winner the day before against Leipzig (2-1). The distance duel between the two behemoths of the German championship continues, since eleven days before the end of the season Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have 49 points each, the Munich players retaining first place on goal difference ( +44 against +19).

Behind them, a small hole was created, since Union Berlin could not do better than a draw at home against Cologne (0-0), as well as Freiburg, held in check by Borussia Mönchengladbach (0- 0). Surprise of the season, the Union is now five points behind the leading duo (44), while Freiburg shares 4th place with Leipzig at seven units (42 pts, ahead on goal difference).

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Bayern and Dortmund do not let go

The players of Julian Nagelsmann and Edin Terzic have an appointment in Bavaria in the Bundesliga on Saturday April 1 (6:30 p.m.) for the summit which could decide the future German champion, during the 26th day. By then, both will have two more league matches – against Augsburg and Leverkusen for Bayern, in Gelsenkirchen against Schalke and against Cologne for Dortmund – and above all a knockout round of the Champions League return on Tuesday in London against Chelsea for BVB and Wednesday at the Allianz Arena against PSG for Bayern.

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On Saturday in Stuttgart, Bayern ensured the essentials, namely to take the three points and not to leave the lead in the standings to BVB. After big chances by Jamal Musiala, countered after having dribbled through the entire opposing defense in a raid of which he has the secret (13th), or by Leon Goretzka, whose header 6 meters from goal was spectacularly pushed back by the Stuttgart goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow (21st), Bayern found the fault with a defender.

On a long shot, the Dutchman Matthijs De Ligt took advantage of Bredlow’s error to open the scoring in the fortieth minute, and allow his teammates to return to the locker room with the advantage. Everything was not perfect for the Bavarians during the first 45 minutes, and De Ligt avoided the opener for Stuttgart in the 37th minute after a hazardous exit from Munich goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Pavard on the bench, Upamecano back

With a view to the match against PSG, Julian Nagelsmann left Benjamin Pavard, suspended for the return match of C1, on the bench, and aligned the young Croatian Josip Stanisic, under pressure at the start of the match. In central defense, Dayot Upamecano made his return from suspension after the red in Gladbach two weeks ago.

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After the break, Cameroonian international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrated his contract extension with a goal per hour of play (62nd), before going out for Sadio Mané, who once again played a big half hour. and gradually ramp up.

Subsequently, the reigning tenfold German champions managed their lead, their heads probably already turned towards PSG. The reduction of the score in the 88th minute by Juan Jose Perea, however, revived the suspense a little in added time and underlined certain shortcomings in Munich, particularly in the aerial game.

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