Borussia Dortmund have scarcely had the chance to catch a breath in the build-up to this weekend’s Klassiker with defending champions FC Bayern München.
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Die Schwarz-Gelben have been pushed to the very limit by the likes of VfB Stuttgart, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in recent weeks, but still have an uncomfortable-looking trip to Darmstadt to overcome prior to Matchday 25’s main event.
Night and day
On paper, Darmstadt away is a fixture Dortmund should be winning. Second in the table and competing for honours in the UEFA Europa League and DFB Cup, BVB are enjoying their most successful season since reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League and domestic cup in 2012/13. After Bayern, they are also the Bundesliga’s most prolific outfit this term on 57 goals.