‘Bay­ern have it all to lose we can only win’: Dort­mund eye fi­nal day drama

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AFP - Borus­sia Dort­mund chief ex­ec­u­tive Hans-joachim Watzke has said that the pres­sure is now on league lead­ers 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 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.

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

Yet they bat­tled their way through a ner­vous game against Dues­sel­dorf to haul them­selves 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 slip up at home to Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

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

Bay­ern, mean­while, were left to rue a missed op­por­tu­nity af­ter they were held in Leipzig.

They 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 were happy with a point.

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