Munich - Borussia Dortmund host FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening of Matchday 13. It is, however, a game whose consequences reach far beyond German borders.

Interest in the Bundesliga has never been higher, and rounded up the views of the international press ahead of the mouthwatering Klassiker.

John Cross (Daily Mirror, @johncrossmirror): The Bundesliga has never been more popular among English football fans. I think that is for several reasons. The interest in other European leagues has never been higher, the Bundesliga, I think, is close in style to the Premier League. It's physical, fast and powerful.

We like the characters, the passion in the stadiums and when Wembley hosted the all-German Champions League final I can rarely remember so much excitement about a game not involving an English team. I love coming to Germany. My recent experience in Dortmund was as exciting as ever. Jürgen Klopp has built a team capable of matching and beating Bayern.

Alberto Cerruti (editor of Gazzetta dello Sport): Around two years ago, there was relatively little interest in Bayern-Dortmund in Italy. However, recently, it has become so popular that it’s now on a par with the Spanish El clasico (between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona).

A lot of people will watch Saturday’s game live. One of the reasons is certainly Dortmund’s intoxicating footballing style, and another is of course to focus on big-name figures like Pep Guardiola or Franck Ribery. I voted for the Frenchman in the Ballon d’Or, his team play impresses me much more than the individualism of a figure like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Additionally, the titles he won speak for themselves. Dortmund against Bayern is youth and freshness against experience and tradition. I rate Bayern actually to be stronger than last year, but you can see that motivates Dortmund to provide an incredibly tough challenge to the record champions. I really like Dortmund because their cavalier style causes huge problems to whoever they come up against, but on Saturday, because of their defensive worries, I see Bayern easily in the ascendancy.

Marcos Lopez (renowned Spanish football analyst): There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this game in Spain. Perhaps not as much as the Champions League final, but both Bayern and Dortmund are viewed as huge clubs. Klopp attracts huge attention in Spain, and Guardiola is Guardiola. His every move is followed religiously by the Spanish press.

The two clubs' current incarnations are spectacular and it’s clear that if you want to watch football at the highest level, you can’t miss this match. It’s just as clear that Dortmund really need a win, but have to line up against the formidable Bayern with an entirely new back four.

If they lose, it would be a huge psychological advantage for the Bavarians, who are currently the best side in Europe. Under Guardiola, they’re improving more and more and as for the Catalan coach, he can talk football for hours – and is worth listening to.

Mundo Deportivo: The game will have all eyes on it, the duel between the two German giants is the match of the day and justifiably dominating all the attention.


Die Welt: A clasico in German. When Dortmund host quadruple-winners and table leaders FC Bayern München on Saturday night, the game could go a long way to deciding who wins the title. Previous contests have taught us though, that sparks always fly between these two.

Kicker: The big game. Bayern in Dortmund. First against second. DFL Supercup rerun, Champions League final rerun. A game to invigorate Germany.

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Dr. Reinhard Rauball (Borussia Dortmund Club President, League President): The whole Bundesliga will be watching this match. It will also have an international resonance like the Champions League final, which has gained us worldwide recognition.

Uli Hoeneß (FC Bayern München Club President): Both teams are developing into the outstanding sides in the Bundesliga. Over the next few years, I can certainly see this game being classed alongside Real Madrid against Barcelona.

Karl-Heinz Riedle (1997 UEFA Champions League winner with Dortmund): I certainly think Dortmund can win. I hope they do so that the Bundesliga is as exciting as possible. They've got a fantastic side who are impressing again this season, but three points are crucial, otherwise Bayern will be clearly in front.

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München club captain): It's a huge game. The whole Bundesliga should be looking forward to this one.

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München attacker): This game just oozes tradition. The stadium is always jam-packed, and last season they were such close contests.

Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München defender): We're not even thinking about defeat. We're on a great run and go to Dortmund targeting three points.

Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04 captain): That these two sides contested the Champions League final shows what level they're at. It's a face-off between the two best German teams and will certainly be a real battle.

Both FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund are battling injuries, but here's what might have happened had Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer and Franck Ribery been fit for Saturday's Klassiker. All this and much more on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel!