Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are the two biggest clubs in Germany. While Bayern has dominated the league over the years, Dortmund have been the only consistent side that was able to give them some competition.
This rivalry on the ground often gets carried off the field as well. This is what happened when the Sporting Director of Bayern Hasan Salihamidzic had some criticism over the conduct of Dortmund captain Marco Reus.
But Dortmund counterpart Michael Zorc was quick to defend his captain and used strong words against Salihamidzic. This new war of words will surely fuel the rivalry when Bayern takes on Dortmund on the 4th of December.
BAYERN AND DORTMUND BOSSES FIGHT OFF FIELD
What kindled the heated exchange was the early withdrawal of Marco Reus from the German national squad. Salihamidzic questioned Reus decision to leave the German team due to an injury, only to face Bayer Leverkusen three days later in the Bundesliga.
“It is sometimes quite surprising to move away from the national team and to replay two or three days later. This is not the first time that this has happened. If you are injured, ok, then you are out, but if not… Serge Gnabry stayed and he will probably be absent against Barcelona ”– said Salihamidzic to an interview.
However, this did not go well with the Dortmund camp as Michael Zorc soon made his feelings clear. “Salihamidzic should shut his mouth and speak out on issues relating to Bayern Munich. Who does he think he is?” – responded Zorc to Kicker.
While clubs going ahead with each other is not new, the recent events will only increase the tension between both sides. Bayern have been traditionally the better side and have won the first meeting of the season.
The Bundesliga champions beat Dortmund to win the DFL Supercup in August, adding the first trophy of their new season. Both the squads will now look forward to kicking off their Champions League campaign, which starts on the 14th of September.
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