'Bayern has it all to lose', says Dortmund as it eyes final day drama

Bayern missed the chance to wrap up a seventh successive title when they were held to a 0-0 draw at RB Leipzig, while Dortmund beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2 to keep themselves in the running until the final round of games next weekend.

Hans Joachin Watzke

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the pressure is now on rivals Bayern Munich to claim their seventh successful Bundesliga title.   -  Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that the pressure is now on league leader Bayern Munich after his side bounced back in the Bundesliga title race on Saturday.

Bayern missed the chance to wrap up a seventh successive title when it was held to a 0-0 draw at RB Leipzig, while Dortmund beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2 to keep itself in the running until the final round of games next weekend.

“We have given the Bundesliga a final on the last day,” said Watzke. “That is good for the league and we are proud of that.”

“We have been under brutal pressure, but now the pressure is heading south. Bayern have it all to lose, we can only win.”

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Having held a nine-point lead at the top of the table in December, Dortmund looked down and out after it slipped four points behind Bayern last weekend.

Yet it battled its way through a nervous game against Duesseldorf to haul itself back into the race.

“We need to control the game better towards the end and stay calmer,” coach Lucien Favre told Sky, after his team survived a frantic last few minutes.

Dortmund must now beat Favre's former club Borussia Moenchengladbach next Saturday, and hope that Bayern slips up at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

“We have to give everything to win in Gladbach,” said Favre.

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Bayern, meanwhile, was left to rue a missed opportunity after it was held in Leipzig. It came within inches of securing the title on Saturday. Leon Goretzka's second-half goal was ruled out after VAR ruled that Robert Lewandowski's foot was in an offside position.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness called the offside decision “a joke”, but CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that Bayern was happy with a point.

“We would rather have won the title today, but the result does not put us in a worse position,” he told Sky.

“In Frankfurt, we face a team who have had a very good season, but we have a good chance to win the championship.”

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Bayern has home advantage against Frankfurt next Saturday, and the chance to be crowned champion in the Allianz Arena for the first time ever.

The Munich giant has not secured the title on home turf since 2000, despite having won 12 Bundesliga crowns since then.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac also faces his former club next Saturday, and told Sky that he still talks to his former Frankfurt colleagues.

“I still have contact to one or two players and a lot of contact to the officials there,” said Kovac. “We will need passion and the will to win next week.”

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