Berlin (dpa) – The 20th Bundesliga matchday was hardly whistled off, as the DFB-Pokal continues. In the quarter-finals there are only five teams that do not play first-class. At the weekend, the league is looking to Munich for the top game.
BUNDESTRAINER: Right at the beginning of the week, Joachim Löw celebrates his 60th birthday. “You already have a bit of respect for age and number,” confessed Löw, who was born on February 3, 1960 in Schönau in the Black Forest. But the 2014 world champion coach isn’t thinking about retirement yet. In just over four months, Euro 2020 will be whistled – and the German Football Association and Löw, whose contract runs until after the 2022 World Cup, have big goals.
POKAL: Three more victories until the final in Berlin. As simple as the calculation is, it will be so difficult for the 16 eighth finalists on Tuesday and Wednesday. A total of five Bundesliga duels are on the agenda. In Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday (8.45 pm/Sky) there will be a direct reunion of Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC. Last Friday’s league game in Berlin was goalless. Record winner FC Bayern plays on Wednesday (8.45 pm/Sky and ARD) against TSG Hoffenheim. As outsiders, the regional leagues 1. FC Saarbrücken (against second division Karlsruher SC) and SC Verl (against Union Berlin) as well as third division 1. FC Kaiserslautern (against Fortuna Düsseldorf) hope for the sensation.
YOUTH: England also play in the cup. On Tuesday (8.45pm) in the FA Cup replay against third-tier Shrewsbury Town, however, probably without the stars of Liverpool FC. In protest against the start of the Premier League’s mini-winter break, manager Jurgen Klopp wants to have a junior team and boycott the game himself. The Liverpool appointment problem, however, is home-made: in the opening game, the undisputed league leader did not get beyond 2-2.
SPITZE: On Sunday evening (6 pm/Sky) FC Bayern hosts challenger RB Leipzig for the top game. The lead over the Saxons is still only one point for the record-breaking champion, who played strongly under coach Hansi Flick, who only last weekend took the lead in the standings from Leipzig. The chasers Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach are probably hoping for a draw at the Allianz Arena. BVB, which plays for Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening (6.30pm/Sky), and the Gladbachers, who will receive 1st FC Cologne on Sunday (3.30pm/Sky), both have 39 points, three fewer than Bayern.