Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of Saturday’s first Klassiker meeting of the Bundesliga season, with the Englishman seeking revenge for last term’s big defeat.
Dortmund have won two of the last three meetings against record champions Bayern, but suffered a disastrous 5-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena in 2018/19 which led to them losing out in the title race to their Bavarian rivals.
Sancho - who has travelled to Munich after completing the team's final training session without injury - is eager for a different result this time, though, and believes form on the day will prove decisive.
"I think when we go to Munich we want revenge," Sancho told Dortmund’s official YouTube channel. "There's pressure on both teams. Bayern have some crucial injuries and changed their manager. I picked up a knock against Inter, Marco [Reus] might be out and Paco [Alcacer] is only coming back. Whoever has the most desire will come out on top.
"These are the games I love to play in, the big games. It's going to be a good game. I'm very excited. Hopefully I should be there on Saturday. I’d like to be there."
In comparison to his last two years at Dortmund, Sancho endured a slow month in October. The 19-year-old provided just a single assist in five appearances in all competitions and the Englishman has admitted to it being a difficult period. But one he is not dwelling too much on.
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"It's been a hard month, as a player you always want to do well for the team," Sancho said. "I want to assist and score goals every game. Some games are just not meant to be. I've worked hard in training to keep trying new things but you've seen that there are other players that are impressing like [Achraf] Hakimi and [Julian] Brandt.
"That's what so good about our team. We don't rely on one or two players. I'm going to bounce back, keep my head straight and keep focused."
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Dortmund have only scored twice in their last four visits to the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga, and Sancho sees finding the net early as a key factor this time around.
Mahmoud Dahoud hit the post after just seven minutes of last term's fixture, before Bayern went on to score five goals without reply.
"I remember the 5-0 last season, we had a few chances at the start," Sancho said. "That's what changed the game. If we get an early chance this time, we need to score."