The maximum Bundesliga match between Bayern and Dortmund will be played on Saturday. Manager icon Ottmar Hitzfeld has coached both clubs. Before the cracker he talks about Julian Nagelsmann of Bayern.
Coach icon Ottmar Hitzfeld defended Julian Nagelsmann. The criticism of the young Bayern Munich manager was “out of place. You can’t win every game. In my opinion he does a great job and has a great personality. He’s the right coach for this team,” Hitzfeld told Sky.
In Saturday’s Bundesliga classic (18:30 in live ticker t-online) between his former clubs Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, Hitzfeld sees the record-breaking champions “still favorites. Bayern have a great team and have made great transfers” . However, BVB could “gain a lot of mentality, sympathy and prestige in this game”.
Ottmar Hitzfeld (left) and Uli Hoeneß: the former Bayern president and former coach in conversation. (Source: Sven Simon images / imago)
Bielefeld and stay awake? “The opportunities are there”
In the battle for the relegation of the championship, the former Munich manager will now follow Arminia Bielefeld’s games “with great interest”. After Frank Kramer was fired, Hitzfeld’s longtime assistant Michael Henke joined the Ostwestfalen coaching team.
According to Hitzfeld, “He owes a lot to Michael. He is a friend of mine, he has always been loyal and well trained. Michael has a great deal of experience, knows the Bundesliga very well, cultivates personal relationships with the players and is a team player.” . For Bielefeld it will be “difficult to stay awake, but the possibilities are there”.
Hitzfeld coached Borussia Dortmund from 1991 to 1997 and then became their sporting director until June 1998. He then coached the record champions for the first time from 1998 to 2004, then for the second time from 2007 to 2008. Ottmar Hitzfeld was a five-time German champion with Bayern and also won the Champions League in the 2000/01 season. He also won the trophy twice with Dortmund and also won the pot with BVB in 1996/97.