Borussia Dortmund closed the gap at the top to five points as they beat SV Darmstadt 98 2-0 ahead of the second-placed club's meeting with Bayern on Saturday. Bayern play at their best when they're angry, and a loss like the one they took to Mainz earlier in the week is a good way to get them riled up.
Bayern perhaps came closest in the first half when Douglas Costa went through on goal only to be denied by Roman Burki, and they were even closer on 64 minutes, when Burki did superbly to tip Arturo Vidal's shot onto the crossbar. "I hope everyone will see that we have a lot to win and are playing at home." . "There are always things you can improve upon".
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Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel is certain the 5-1 thrashing his men suffered at the hands of Bayern, made them better and shaped their season. "But you can learn from that", said Tuchel.
The visitors had 17 efforts at goal, compared to Dortmund's 11. An exciting, engrossing and intense "Klassiker" offered a mere "to be continued" on the fate of league title, but did so in a goalless draw far more exciting than your standard 0-0 fare.
The Yellow Brigade now sit second in the table with 57 points from 24 games, 5 adrift of leaders Bayern.
Vidal had another good chance before Erik Durm hit the side-netting with Dortmund's next opportunity. "It's hard to escape a spell of pressure against Bayern in this kind of form, so it was crucial that we were solid at the back".
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"Nil-nil is definitely a result we can live with".
A defeat is sometimes necessary to become stronger and both coaches agreed with this theory, as Guardiola said: "We're not ideal".
Augsburg's South Korea striker Koo Ja-Cheol scored his first hat-trick in Germany's top flight to put the hosts 3-0 up mid-way through the second-half. Karim Bellarabi started the comeback with a half-hour remaining. The 37-year-old lifted the ball over two Hannover defenders with his right boot and smacked it past the goalkeeper with his left.
"The win was very important".
Although the former Barcelona coach was not impressed by Bayern's showing, he was not too disappointed about it.
Schalke climbed to fourth thanks to a dramatic 3-1 win over Cologne which could so easily have ended in defeat for the Royal Blues.
Despite Mainz managing only 22 percent of possession, Cordoba grabbed the late victor and was mobbed by his team-mates.