Seize the day
Coach watch: here's Borussia boss Edin Terzic on what he feels his side has to do today. "We must courageously seize our opportunities and show a different face [today] than we have in recent years in Munich."
Today's spectacular stage
Klassiker Day is here!
After all of the build up and excitement during a week of anticipation, the day is finally upon us! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Der Klassiker!
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What they're saying - Tuchel
"There's no bigger challenge than starting my time here with a game against Dortmund," Tuchel said at his official unveiling. "It's the biggest game in German football, and has an added element to it, given the current state of the league table. Dortmund are on a fantastic run of form [but] that won't stop us from going into the challenge with excitement and anticipation."
Dortmund squad nearing completion?
Julian Brandt, Gregor Kobel and Youssoufa Moukoko have all been absent in recent weeks for Dortmund, while Nico Schlotterbeck left the Germany camp earlier in the week due to a muscular complaint. However, Black-and-Yellow fans can be hopeful that all four players will be available for the game. "I have a very good feeling that I'll be ok by the weekend," said Schlotterbeck. Meanwhile, sporting director Sebastian Kehl said he believes Moukoko "will be in the squad" and is hopeful that "we'll have a big group in training by the end of the week and can travel to Munich with confidence and a full squad".
Thomas Tuchel vs. Edin Terzic: How do they compare?
A total of 346 goals have been scored in the 107 league meetings so far: 215 for Bayern, 131 for BVB. That equates to an average of 3.23 per game. As there have only been five goalless draws over the years, the chances are good we'll see a few more goals on Saturday!
Watch: Bayern's best Klassiker goals
It's advantage Bayern in the historical stakes, the Reds having won 52 (49 percent) of the 107 Klassiker fixtures in the Bundesliga to date. There have been 30 draws and 25 victories for Dortmund. Bayern's success rate is considerably higher at home, where they've taken the spoils 34 times out of 53 (64 percent). There have been 10 draws in Munich and just nine wins for BVB.
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Baptism of fire
It's Müller time
BVB: Black-and-Yellow fire
Saturday night's alright for FCB
The record champions do tend to like a kick-about of a Saturday eve. Bayern have not been on the losing end in a Saturday showpiece, evening game in 25 previous encounters (20 wins, five draws).
Bayern's in-house dominance
BVB fans looks away now. Saturday's hosts have won their last eight Bundesliga home games against Dortmund (with an aggregate goal difference of 33-6).
A truly top battle
Incredibly, this is the 13th time in the last 12 years - and 19th time in total - that Bayern and Dortmund meet as the first and second (or vice versa) placed teams in the division.
When last they met
Klassiker engines revving
What a game we have in store at the Allianz Arena! Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern are in the unaccustomed position - at least in recent memory - of playing catch up as we begin April. Their Klassiker rivals Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, lead the way at the top of the standings after a tremendous 2023. This one is going to be tasty.
Thanks for joining us for build-up and liver coverage of the Matchday 26 Klassiker encounter between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.