Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland in the same team is nothing out of the ordinary for FIFA FUT and Bundesliga Fantasy Managers - but what if you could only pick one from the two world's best strikers?
Ahead of Borussia Dortmund's trip to Bayern Munich, bundesliga.com assembles a heavyweight Klassiker squad by jersey number...
1. Manuel Neuer
Let's start with the easy one. As the world's best goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer would walk into any team. The Bayern captain has played at the highest level for club and country for over a decade, sweeping up the danger and plaudits in equal measure. He's not the first sweeper-keeper the game has seen, but he has perfected the role - more often than not at the expense of silverware for Dortmund. Since Super Manu joined Bayern in summer 2011, the record champions have won nine of 10 Bundesliga titles on offer, five of 10 DFB Cups and - among others - two UEFA Champions Leagues. It might sound churlish, but opposite number Gregor Kobel - despite being one of the finest young goalkeepers in the Bundesliga - doesn't get a look-in. Not yet anyway...
Watch: Manuel Neuer - the world's undisputed No.1
Packing more testosterone than the entire field at an Arnold Classic, Joshua Kimmich was tailor-made for the biggest games in football. The terrier-like Germany international rose to prominence as a right-back, but nowadays it's in his preferred central midfield role where he can be seen - and heard. As Roma manager Jose Mourinho put it not long ago: "Kimmich has the qualities to be anything". That includes the role of audacious match-winner, as Dortmund learned the hard way in 2019/20.
Watch: Joshua Kimmich - Bayern's Klassiker specialist
If the Bundesliga made Superhero movies, these two would play the lead roles. Lewandowski is the world's best player, and the German top flight's leading foreign-born marksman. Haaland is his likeliest successor on both fronts - but it's the Bayern man that wins through. Lewy has outscored Haaland 32 Bundesliga goals to 16 so far this season, whilst his record in meetings with former club Dortmund is irrefutable: 26 goals in 25 games, among them seven braces and two hat-tricks. For the time being at least, BVB's Caped Crusader may need a little help from his black-and-yellow sidekicks to topple Bayern's Man of Steel.
Watch: Lewandowski vs. Haaland - who has the edge?
Back in the summer of 2012, Marco Reus was at a crossroads after a stellar season with Borussia Mönchengladbach - one way pointed the way of then champions Dortmund, the other to Munich. And while Bayern have gone on to lift the Meisterschale every season since, Reus says he has "no regrets" having followed his heart back to the Signal Iduna Park. The 32-year-old has since gone on to score 153 goals in 351 appearances for Dortmund, winning three Supercups and two DFB Cups. Already a Schwarzgelben icon, a maiden Bundesliga title would cement his status in BVB folklore.
13. Raphael Guerreiro
Unlucky for some, but not Raphael Guerreiro. The Dortmund No.13 has ranked consistently among the Bundesliga's left-backs down the years, though at times he's more in the outright attacking winger mould. His forward forays are a real boon for BVB, and a thorn in the side of any player unfortunate enough to be stationed on the right-hand side. Despite missing 10 matches through injury/ illness, he's contributed six league goals this season - which is one more than back-up Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Needless to say head coach Marco Rose will be hoping the UEFA Euro 2020 winner is back to full fitness ahead of Der Klassiker.
One of the most gifted 17-year-old footballers on the planet, Youssoufa Moukoko made his Klassiker debut in this season's Supercup. He was a surprise starter alongside Haaland in the Dortmund attack, and even had a goal ruled out for offside in the eventual 3-1 loss. Injuries have checked his progress, but it would be no great surprise if the Bundesliga's youngest debutant and goalscorer one day makes history as the Klassiker's greenest marksman.
Watch: Youssoufa Moukoko's historic Bundesliga goal
19. Alphonso Davies
Alphonso Davies knows a thing or two about turning heads. The Major League Soccer record-breaker enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season at Bayern in 2019/20, with his performance in shutting down Jadon Sancho on his Klassiker debut his watershed moment as a Bayern player. The defending champions won the game 4-0 in Munich, before all but ending Dortmund's title aspirations with a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture. The result might have panned out differently but for Mr. Rapid Fire's eye-watering recovery challenge to deny Haaland at 0-0 - an intervention that led Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku to label the Canadian a "cheatcode". Almost two years on, Dortmund are still searching for a hack of their own...
Watch: The Story of Alphonso Davies
Jude Bellingham isn't only up there as one of the best U23 players in the Bundesliga; he ranks as one of the German top flight's finest midfielders of any age group. The 18-year-old brings a bit of Kimmich and Leon Goretzka to the table, making for one hell of a box-to-box midfielder. No Dortmund player has won more challenges than the Birmingham-reared prodigy, who sits third league-wide in the category. He's also developed a seriously good creative streak, chipping in with six goals and 13 assists in all competitions so far this season. Only Haaland and Reus boast a better combined hand, among his teammates.
Watch: The Best of Jude Bellingham
Thomas Müller's neither No.7, No.8, No.9 nor No.10 - but a little bit of all four and much more besides. In his own words, he's a 'Raumdeuter' (space interpreter/ instigator/ invader). His No.25 jersey number is purely academic. "I like to be active in the space in behind the opposition’s midfield. It's about instinct," he once explained of his inimitable attacking role that has yielded some 241 goals and 226 assists in 622 senior Bayern appearances. He's the division's top assist provider for the third season in a row, and has been directly involved in 13 goals in 23 Bundesliga games against Dortmund. If they ever start cloning footballers...
Watch: Thomas Müller, Mr. Bayern
Axel Witsel is one of the most experienced players on the pitch who doesn't call Bayern's Allianz Arena home. The 120-time Belgium international has won domestic titles in his homeland, Portugal, Russia and Germany, and his importance to the Dortmund cause should not be underestimated. He boasts the steel of any top-level midfield general worth his salt, together with a finely tuned passing game.
Jamal Musiala dons the lesser-spotted No.42 jersey. The Anglo-German teenager continues to make some serious gains on the football pitch, putting in performances befitting the No.8 or 10 shirt. He's had a had in 20 first-team goals to date, including six goals and as many assists in 36 competitive outings in 2021/22. The former Chelsea academy star also opened his senior Germany account during the October 2021 international break.
Watch: The best of Jamal Musiala
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