Berlin (dpa) – Today, Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky), the most unusual season in the Bundesliga, given the coronavirus pandemic, is ending – and the 57th season finale is over again without fans in the nine stadiums.
In order to make it through the relegation, there is an exciting duel as well as for the last place in the Champions League and the direct entry into the group phase of the Europa League.
DESCENT FIGHT: The signs are clear: If Werder Bremen still wants to push Fortuna Düsseldorf out of the relegation place and avoid the direct relegation, the North Germans have to beat 1. FC Köln and hope for a Fortuna slip at Union Berlin. It gets complicated when Düsseldorf and Bremen are tied at the end. Then the direct comparison that Düsseldorf won this season will decide.
The managers say:
Florian Kohfeldt (Werder Bremen coach): “It is difficult but not hopeless. There are not three points and ten goals that we have to catch up. Knives between our teeth and out of there.”
Uwe Rösler (Fortuna Düsseldorf coach): “It is very clear that there is nervous tension on the home stretch. We have to go into the game with a full tank. It’s about willpower. We have to deliver, of course.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen fight for the fourth Champions League place alongside champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. As in the previous year, Bayer is in fifth place in the season finale. As in the previous year, they want to snatch the fourth place in the Champions League from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The managers say:
Max Eberl (Managing Director Sport Borussia Mönchengladbach): “If we achieved the very big goal, it would not only do us good in terms of sport. We would also have completely different options as an association to get over this crisis.”
Peter Bosz (Bayer Leverkusen coach): “We saw and showed that it was possible. At that time they played against Dortmund. It may be different than this time against Hertha. But we still believe in it. We have no choice: we have to win the game. We cannot deal with what’s going on in Gladbach, because if something happens there, it’s only going to benefit us if we win our game. ”
In addition to the loser of the remote duel between Gladbach and Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim will play in the Europa League. VfL wants to defend sixth place against Bayern, which means entering the group stage directly. The seventh still has to play several qualifying matches. Hoffenheim would therefore like to advance further, but faces a difficult task in Dortmund.
FC Bayern will be honored for their eighth championship and the 30th overall in a very unusual setting at the game in Wolfsburg. The usual wheat beer showers fail, as does the rain of confetti and an emotional celebration with the families on the lawn. In compliance with the strict hygiene rules, captain Manuel Neuer will be presented with the championship trophy; the DFB Cup is to follow in a week after the final against Leverkusen in Berlin. After the separation from coach Niko Kovac, Hansi Flick ensured that the record champions gradually regained their usual dominance.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick says: “We made it, and that’s the crowning glory when the trophy is presented. It is important that we are present and use the rhythm for the final in Berlin.”