If Borussia Dortmund defeats Mainz at home on Saturday, they will win the Bundesliga for the first time in 11 years. As they enter the season’s last match, Dortmund sit two points ahead of Bayern Munich at the top. Bayern must win in Cologne and hope that Dortmund loses or draws in order for them to win the German top division for an unprecedented 11th time in a row. Sebastian Kehl, the director of sports at Dortmund, said, “We cannot allow this to be stolen from us. We just need to triumph once again, said Kehl, the captain of the Jurgen Klopp-led squad that won the league in 2011–2012.
“In general, I feel good, but I know that we need to play really well one more time before we will be deserving of it. “The fans will support the players as they go by bus to the stadium. They’ll be pushed by it. Although the title battle has been unpredictable thus far, with Bayern and Dortmund frequently exchanging the top spot, if Edin Terzic’s club can complete the task, it will signal a great victory.
Dortmund might win the league without having a single player reach double digits this season, in contrast to former seasons when Erling Haaland’s goals (62 in 67 league games) were largely relied upon.
Sebastien Haller, a new acquisition who had been brought in to replace the departing Haaland for Manchester City, was given the disease in July, which delayed the start of the season.
The Ivory Coast forward made his comeback to action six months after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. He has scored seven goals in his last nine games for the team, which has continued to play forward and venturesome football without him. Paul Lambert, a former midfielder for Dortmund who led them to Champions League success in 1997
“Dortmund appear to be capable of scoring at any time or place. There is no element of dread. They have been unrelenting at home and appear to be unstoppable. The presence of belief is palpable.
Additionally, Dortmund has had to deal with ongoing media rumors regarding the future of English midfielder Jude Bellingham, who is recovering from a knee injury and is questionable for Saturday’s title-clinching match.
The 19-year-old has been connected with a number of clubs, and rumours indicate that Real Madrid of Spain is close to finalizing a deal this summer.
Bayern was in first place at Christmas and in first place midway into 2023, but erratic play cost them both, along with head coach Julian Nagelsmann’s dismissal in March.
And while Dortmund’s table-topping “Klassiker” victory under new manager Thomas Tuchel gave the team that has dominated Bundesliga titles their typical air of invincibility, they have not been able to keep it up.
Following a loss to Freiburg in the German Cup, they were soundly defeated over two legs by Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals.
However, they had at least been on track for some hardware in the shape of a 33rd league championship up until last weekend’s shocking 3-1 home loss to RB Leipzig.