Superstar Philippe Coutinho could make his Bundesliga debut in Bayern on Saturday. The Brazilian still has a conditional backlog and will first sit on the bench. On Friday, Borussia Dortmund, rival of the title in Munich, will be the first Friday.
The Fernduell between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich is also on the second day of the Bundesliga in the center. In addition, the league will turn to Gelsenkirchen, where the new offensive star of Munich, Philippe Coutinho, could make his debut.
WESTDUELL: The new Bundesliga season has just begun, Borussia Dortmund can already count five points ahead of Bayern Munich. At least 22 hours. It remains to be seen whether the task with the promoted 1. FC Cologne will be easier than that of Munich on Saturday night at FC Schalke, rival of Dortmund. According to Cologne, coach Achim Beierlorzer wants "to have the heart in his hand" and the "full attack game". The Dortmunds are, however, "prepared for anything", assured coach Lucien Favre.
COUTINHO: Does he make his debut on Saturday (6:30 pm) at FC Schalke – or not? "He certainly is not at the level of fitness he needs to play from the start or 90 minutes." He said that himself, "said Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac Thursday after the third Training session of the new offensive star Philippe Coutinho. Although the FC Barcelona loan, 27 years old, is full of enthusiasm for action, it also has a significant backlog. The Brazilian international will be the first to sit on the bench.
CLIMB: For the first time in five years, SC Paderborn will once again play a home game in the Bundesliga. Despite the strong performance that started at Leverkusen, the match against SC Freiburg is not yet complete. The Breisgau are however the ideal model to create a small club permanently in the Bundesliga. The Union Berlin has felt the Bundesliga wind from its inception. After the defeat at home against RB Leipzig (0: 4), it will be a duel in the basement Saturday at 17 FC Augsburg.
KUMPEL MEETING: For the first time in their coaching career, meet the two great friends and former friend of WG, Marco Rose of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Sandro Schwarz of FSV Mainz 05 in direct duel. "Yes, it's exciting," said Gladbach coach before Saturday's duel. "But this match will not change our friendship." Then talk about the store: Both coaches agreed to dinner Saturday night.
LIQUIDATION OF THE LEAGUE: The General Assembly of the German Football League revealed a clear split between the Bundesliga and the 2nd league. Especially the small clubs pushed into the presidency of the DFL, the influence of FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund seems to dwindle. On the lawn, this will hardly be noticeable on weekends, but on the honorary grandstands, where one or the other conversation about the future of the league should be conducted.