The Bundesliga is ready to take off with a list of matchday one matches to savor
Here. We. Go. The Bundesliga’s big kick-off is set for a series of spectacular opening matches which will see champions Bayern Munich visit UEFA Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, goal-celebrating specialists the Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen face off and a Berlin derby to boot.
Last Saturday’s sensational Supercup curtain-raiser set a terrific milestone for the Bundesliga campaign to come, and with a round of opening day fixtures flavorful enough to salivate over, this weekend is guaranteed to satiate fans’ cravings. fans waking up from a long summer football sleep.
Bayern and Leipzig produced an eight-goal thriller at the Red Bull Arena last weekend and with Julian Nagelsmann’s skilful side claiming their first trophy of the season with an incredible 5-3 win, the The German champions’ attention now turns to Frankfurt.
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With Sadio Mane and Co. ensuring Bayern’s post-Robert Lewandowski era is off to a magnificent start, the test now is to stop an Eintracht side brimming with confidence after their European-winning exploits last season.
“We were able to strengthen our team spirit and we are well prepared to achieve great things,” striker Rafael Borre warned as Die Adler focused on upsetting Friday night visitors to Deutsche Bank Park.
Oliver Glasner’s Europa League winners – who added world champion Mario Götze to their ranks – have triumphed in two of their last four meetings with Bayern. The team that won 10 Bundesliga titles in a row last time out will therefore be aware that they will have to be at their best if they want to leave. Mainhatten with maximum loot.
“We feel ready but now we have to show it,” coach Glasner said at the end of Eintracht’s pre-season preparations. “We have integrated the newcomers well, everyone is doing their part.”
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“Players like Götze and Randal Kolo Muani are doing very well,” added club captain Sebastian Rode. “You could see how dangerous Lucas Alario is in front of goal in our last friendly game. These are things that we missed last season. Everything is not perfect yet, but we are a step ahead of what we were last year. We are on the right path.”
Just like Bayern, which with Mane has strengthened with Matthijs de Ligt, Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui and Mathys Tel. “It’s a fresh start and a good chance for us to move into a new role,” said Bayern striker Serge Gnabry. “It’s nothing negative, but it’s a chance we want to take. At the end of the day, you’re always looking forward to things picking up again.”
We’ve seen over the past few seasons that once Dortmund and Leverkusen get going, very little stops them. Thought for Saturday night’s main game, popcorn will be a prerequisite for a match that produces more entertainment than a cinematic classic. When last season’s second and third-place finishers met in 2021/22, they managed a combined 14 goals. In their last 11 meetings, there have been 57. That’s more than five goals per game between two of the most forward-thinking teams in European football.
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“We have a new ‘old’ manager again who has new energy and brings a breath of fresh air,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus said on Edin Terzic’s return for a second term in charge of the giants. the Bundesliga. Dortmund also boast a new central defensive duo of Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck as well as talented striker Karim Adeyemi, who scored on his competitive debut for BVB in the DFB Cup first round win last weekend.
Wary of predicting a stellar and stylish start to the campaign, Reus added: “It’s all the more important that the results are good and then, afterwards, the [style] is added.” Dortmund’s on-pitch methods aside, Leverkusen will be keeping a close eye on Reus, who have scored six times in their last seven games against Die Werkself.
Satisfied that his team “has more or less stayed the same”, the side which clinched their first third place finish in six years last season, Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane added that in addition to Adam Hlozek, Saturday’s visitors to Signal Iduna Park had “gained another exciting player to add to the squad”.
The Czech striker arrives to join fellow countryman Patrik Schick – the Bundesliga’s second top scorer with 24 goals in 2021/22 – in what will be one of the division’s most chilling attacks. With Moussa Diaby – who scored 17 goals and 14 assists in all competitions last season – still on board and the captivating Florian Wirtz making solid progress in his return from injury, Bayer’s prospects for the season ahead are huge. “We believe in our abilities, but we all know that the season starts with no points on the board,” Seoane said ahead of this weekend’s big kick-off.
And speaking of the big, Hertha Berlin fans will see a derby challenge against top-flight neighbors Union as a chance for some big revenge. The Old Lady survived a play-off scare against Hamburg before clinging to Bundesliga survival last time out, but what will have hurt the most in a difficult season are the three defeats against Union . Along with successive defeats in the top flight – including the Union’s biggest ever away win in the Bundesliga (4-1 at the Olympiastadion) – Hertha have also gone down to Die Eisernen in the DFB Cup.
“We don’t want to make the fans go through this again,” Hertha goalkeeper Oliver Christensen recently admitted. “We can’t have another nervous season,” added the Dane – who will be looking to impress under new Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz.
“We feel in the dressing room and, of course, on the pitch that things are finally starting to get going; every player wants to fight for points and wins. We will give everything to start the season on the right foot.”
Union Berlin were able to celebrate wins over city rivals Hertha with their fans on three occasions last season. – DFL
With Union still abuzz after finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League group stage, Hertha’s matchday one task will be far from simple.
Add to that the fact that Bundesliga returnees Schalke (who visit Cologne) and Werder Bremen (who face Niko Kovac’s Wolfsburg) are also in action, as well as the excitement of seeing the Bundesliga player of the season. last, Christopher Nkunku, in action for Leipzig. at survival specialists VfB Stuttgart, the start of the 2022/23 season could not have been more anticipated.