Darmstadt should lose 18-0 at Bayern, says president

Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich on Saturday hosts bottom side Darmstadt, whose club president says it should be an 18-0 thrashing - based on the clubs' respective financial clout.

Carlo Ancelotti's star-studded Bayern was confirmed German league champion last weekend for the fifth year in a row after its 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg   -  Reuters

Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich on Saturday hosts bottom side Darmstadt, whose club president says it should be an 18-0 thrashing - based on the clubs' respective financial clout.

Darmstadt's two-year stint in the Bundesliga is poised to end with its relegation set to be confirmed after Saturday's David verses Goliath clash, given that it is nine points from safety with three games left.

Ruediger Fritsch, Darmstadt's president, says 'The Lillies' have had a good run for their money with a squad worth around €25 million ($27.4m) -- which is peanuts in Germany's top flight.

His club is bottom of the table, but Fritsch is still impressed with recent results, under ex-Germany midfielder Torsten Frings, as Darmstadt has won its last three games to keep its survival hopes alive.

"With our opportunities, the Bundesliga is always an adventure and a challenge," Fritsch told Die Welt.

"We start with a big (financial) gap behind the other clubs.

"To give a few numbers, we can keep up in the second division, but if you look at an established Bundesliga club like Eintracht Frankfurt, they have a playing squad worth three times ours, at around 75-80 million euros.

"And don't even start looking at Bayern Munich's (squad worth around) 360 million.

"If you think about it, when we play against them this weekend -- 25 million euros are playing against over 300 million euros.

"Actually, we should lose 18-0 there.

"So you can see that we are super happy with how things have gone and sometimes you achieve more in a team sport than the facts suggest."

Carlo Ancelotti's star-studded Bayern was confirmed German league champion last weekend for the fifth year in a row after its 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg and Darmstadt need a near-miracle in Munich.

It lost 3-1 in February 2016, its only previous appearance at Munich's Allianz Arena, and has never beaten Bayern in seven previous meetings.

However, only a Douglas Costa free-kick in the 71st minute sealed Bayern's 1-0 win at Darmstadt last December.

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