Berlin - European champions Bayern Munich have dismissed
Saturday's Bundesliga showdown against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund as no more
than a clash for bragging rights between Germany's top sides.
Bayern were confirmed German league champions a fortnight
ago with a record seven games to spare and are 20 points clear of second-placed
Dortmund in the table ahead of the the Allianz Arena clash.
"The game has some statistical value, but nothing
more," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of 'Der Klassiker'
against Dortmund, while director of sport Matthias Sammer was damning in his
"I have never seen it written on a list of
achievements: 'prestige won', so it's not a decisive game for us," said
Sammer with Bayern through to the Champions League's semi-finals after their
4-2 aggregate win over Manchester United in the last eight.
Nevertheless, Bayern's bosses will be extremely irritated to
lose to Dortmund, especially after last Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat at Augsburg
and the 3-3 draw at home to Hoffenheim in the league.
Ever the diplomat, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola talked up
Dortmund, especially following Borussia's 2-0 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday
as they bowed out of the Champions League after losing their quarter-final 3-2
"We know how good Dortmund are, it's important for both
teams to show how good they are," said Guardiola.
"I watched the Dortmund match against Real Madrid game
and they were amazing.
"We'll need to be well prepared to face them on
Likewise, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says he is relishing
taking on the European champions in their own backyard, especially fresh from
"It is a sensational time to play in Munich, between
Real Madrid and VfL Wolfsburg," said Klopp, whose side play Wolfsburg in
the German Cup semi-finals next week.
"It's all about three points which would do us the
world of good."
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