The upcoming tournament (Saturday, 15:30 o’clock) between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund is already electrifying the Bundesliga. One who can best appreciate the brisk duel between S04 and the BVB is Andreas Muller.
The sporting situation could not be more different: the host Schalke 04 separates from the duel saturated 19 points from table leader Dortmund. If the BVB wins, in the current Bundesliga season still without defeat, even with the royal flowers, the autumn championship draws ever closer. According to Andreas Muller, Lucien Favre’s elf already has “quite clearly” the stuff to win the championship, says the former midfielder in an interview with the “Funke Media Group”.
“The way the team plays football as it is structured is great class. It can attack, it can counter, and it also stands very well defensively,”praised Muller, who above all highlighted the work of Lucien Favre. The Swiss has given the BVB the previously lacking “balance”.
Praise was also expressed by Andreas Moller, sports director Michael Zorc, who in the summer had “a very good transfer policy”, saying: “There goes one wheel in the other, the mix between young and old, experienced players – this looks very much like championship.”
Schalke can”come under the first seven”
A few kilometers from Dortmund but the situation looks a little bleak. If Schalke 04 loses the prestigious duel, Coach Domenico Tedesco’s team is back in the middle of the basement.
“It’s a good team, but I miss the special in the form of two or three players who also make the difference. That’s what Dortmund has,”says Muller, who even between 2000 and 2003 tied the shoes for the buttons. Schalke will come under the first seven when everything is normal. But the team lacks the extraordinary to perhaps even make the very big leap.”
How the game will end on Saturday, however, Muller cannot estimate. The “Derby has its own laws”.
Muller explains his change from BVB to Schalke 04
Meanwhile, the 85-time German national player also looked back on his own active time. 21 Derby games contested Muller for the two clubs, only twice he left the place as a loser.
How important the game is, was already registered to him at his contract signing in Dortmund: “I am not a native Ruhrpottler, so this was the first, What was sharpened for me: There are two very special games a year before which you have to go to bed very early.”
After his second engagement at BVB between 1994 and 2000 Andreas Muller decided to switch to the unloved neighbour from Gelsenkirchen. The reason was purely financial, Muller now admitted.
“It’s been a long time, I can tell you frankly: I didn’t get a good contract offer, the belt had to be tightened, so I was told. I would have liked to have stayed, but the Dortmunder offer was simply not acceptable, I could not accept t hat.”
Ultimately, S04 manager Rudi Assauer made a strong effort for the middleweight player at the time:”I was 32-year-old at the finish line of my career and Rudi Assauer presented me with a three-year contract. This is the story.”