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After stunning Inter, Dortmund turn sights on Bayern

Bayern Munich striker, Coutinho
Bayern Munich striker, Coutinho

After their stunning Champions League fight back against Inter Milan, buoyant Borussia Dortmund now have Bayern Munich in their sights for Saturday’s crunch Bundesliga clash .

Dortmund came from two goals down at halftime against Antonio Conte’s Inter on Tuesday as Achraf Hakimi netted twice to seal the hosts’ superb 3-2 win which keeps them on course for the last 16 of the Champions League.

“The second half was outstanding. That gives us a tailwind for Saturday. We are ready for the ‘Clasico’,” said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watkze, referring to Saturday’s Dortmund-Bayern showdown.

Dortmund’s third straight victory buoyed spirits for Saturday’s match at Bayern, who are hunting a new head coach since Niko Kovac was fired last Sunday in the wake of a 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt, which left them fourth in the Bundesliga.

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Dortmund, second in the German league, look to bring their Champions League form to the Allianz Arena where former Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick has been named interim Bayern boss for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home to Olympiakos and Saturday’s Bundesliga game.

“If we play like that again, then we will also have a good chance in Munich,” said former Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl.

“We need again to have a lot of intensity and the same willingness to take risks.

“The boys played really well – that’s how we need to play on Saturday.”

Dortmund have won four, and Bayern six, of their last 10 meetings.

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