Cologne - With all seven of his Bundesliga title triumphs coming during spells in charge of either FC Bayern München or Borussia Dortmund, Ottmar Hitzfeld is a font of all knowledge when it comes to Der Klassiker.
Speaking to bundesliga.com ahead of the two powerhouses’ Matchday 8 showdown at the Allianz Arena, the retired strategic great explained who he believes shades the standout head-to-heads…
Manuel Neuer vs Roman Bürki
"It's Neuer for me because he's the epitome of world-class. He’s a modern goalkeeper who bosses his area. He’s so quick off his line. He reads the game brilliantly and plays the ball out from the back to perfection."
Jerome Boateng vs Mats Hummels
"I'm going for Boateng over Hummels because he’s a little more aggressive, a bit more polished in the air and moves the ball a bit quicker. His build-up play from the back is also fantastic, so that’s why I have to go for Boateng."
Arturo Vidal vs Ilkay Gündogan
"Vidal-Gündogan is another red-hot head-to-head, but again I also prefer Vidal. He's an aggressive leader, he wins the important challenges, he’s full of running and is also dangerous in front of goal."
Thomas Müller vs Marco Reus
"Thomas Müller is a phenomenon. He’s the modern-day Gerd Müller. He’s developed an incredible nose for goal, he’s always on his game and he’s always in dangerous goal-scoring positions because of his amazing instinct. He’s also a great finisher."
Douglas Costa vs Henrikh Mkhitaryan
"Costa versus Mkhitaryan: right now I’m going to say Mkhitaryan because he’s in scintillating form. He’s more dangerous than Costa, he’s more direct and he creates so many scoring chances."
Robert Lewandowski vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
"Lewandowski and Aubameyang are both top strikers, but at present Aubameyang is in better shape. He’s incredibly quick, purposeful and assured in front of goal. He’s more mobile in the 18-yard box and that makes him more dangerous in front of goal."
The final verdict
"In the head-to-heads, Bayern are way ahead because they simply have more individual talent and more experience."
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