Once again, it is not just Germany but the world united in excitement and anticipation of Der Klassiker. Accordingly, bundesliga.com has rounded up the best pre-match soundbites ahead of Borussia Dortmund's clash with FC Bayern München on Saturday night...
The Bayern view
Pep Guardiola (FC Bayern coach): "We can't stop [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang one-on-one. We'll have to play as a team. We'll see what happens. The title won't be done and dusted if we win. There's still a long way to go."
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern striker): "It's a really important game. If we win there, we'll be eight points clear again. If we lose, it'll be really tight."
Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern midfielder): "It’s going to be tough against Dortmund because they’ve got a very good team. They’re a side that attack really well and they’re very fast. It’s going to be a good game."
FC Bayern on social media:
Mainz played a good match yesterday and we did not capitalize on our chances. Full focus on Dortmund now. pic.twitter.com/9GlsGFnQCh— Philipp Lahm (@philipplahm) March 3, 2016
The Dortmund view
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund coach): "We have a situation now where we can get very close to them. We've worked hard for this situation and hopefully we enjoy it. To a certain degree, losing 5-1 in Munich has made us into the team we are now. We absolutely want to win the game and we believe we have a victory in us. We'll need all the fans to get behind us."
Mats Hummels (Dortmund defender and captain): "We have a huge opportunity on Saturday to make it really exciting at the top again. To do that, we have to win and we know that. But we're in good form, we're playing at home and we'll give it everything we have. We're all massively up for the game. I think that's obvious."
Julian Weigl (Dortmund midfielder): "I’m really looking forward to it. As a former 1860 Munich player it’s sort of a personal derby for me. We’re looking forward to them coming to our place and we want to send them home empty-handed."
Hans-Joachim Watzke (Dortmund CEO): "It's is perhaps the most important in German football. There’ll be another very special atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park and you can actually feel it crackling. That only happens twice a year - against Bayern and in the derby against FC Schalke 04."
Dortmund on social media:
"It's what happens on the pitch that counts!"
What the rest of Germany is saying:
Joachim Löw (Germany head coach): "The Bundesliga could be really exciting after this weekend if Dortmund beat Bayern."
Ottmar Hitzfeld (former Dortmund and Bayern head coach): "For me, Bayern remain the favourites because they're unbelievably consistent in terms of the way they play football and they way they dominate the opposition. But getting something from Dortmund is never easy. In a game between two top teams like this, the little details can make the difference, and I think this weekend will be no different."
Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg midfielder): "It would definitely be great for the Bundesliga if Dortmund win. Then it'll be really exciting again [at the top]. I'm looking forward to the game and I'll definitely be watching. I won't be crossing my fingers for either team though, I just want to see a good game. Yes, of course it'd be great if it was exciting [at the top] again. And if Bayern win, then the title will be theirs - they'd have deserved it."
Andre Schürrle (Wolfsburg midfielder): "Both teams are amazing. If you see how Bayern played against Juventus or against us, it’s the best team in the world at the moment. But Dortmund can make it difficult for them. I think it’ll be an amazing game and I’m looking forward to watching it.”
Bruno Labbadia (Hamburger SV coach): "They're two teams who have been at the forefront of high-class German football in recent years. Bayern have been very far ahead but Dortmund are on a really good path. I think it'll be a really exciting game, not just for those watching in Germany but also for those tuning in from abroad. They're just two great football clubs and it'll be exciting."