Hot cup duels from Blamagerisiko to character question

Stumbling blocks and revanching opportunities, blame risk and character issues: In the second round of the DFB Cup, the top teams from Munich to Leipzig to Dortmund are well below

FC Bayern have to play at VfL Bochum this Tuesday (8:00 pm), anything but an unbearable defending championship title at Table 16. the second league should continue to fuel the sovereignty debate at the record champions.


Things get really tough for BVB the day after: Bundesliga leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach arrive (8:45 pm). An end in the cup competition and the discussion about Dortmund coach Lucien Favre would be fueled again. These included games like Wednesday VfL Wolfsburg against RB Leipzig (20:45 clock) or on Tuesday (18:30 clock) of Hamburger SV against VfB Stuttgart as only last matchday in the second division – the HSV won 6-2

As always in the Cup, the big clubs can only lose. "Cup matches are always dangerous," warned Bayern coach Niko Kovac on Monday. He is missing Javi Martínez for muscle hardening and the longer-injured Niklas Süle (cruciate ligament tear) and Lucas Hernández (ankle surgery). The rest is fit, including Leon Goretzka, born in Bochum. It looks pretty good that the international may "run up against his home club," Kovac said #

Zorc: "Take a new run"

Whether the series holds for the winner of the duel remains to be seen: In the previous five matches, the winner each reached the final – once the VfL, four times the FCB. One of the 19-time Cup winner from Munich in the second round was last 19 years ago by penalty shootout at 1. FC Magdeburg.

Also, the FC Schalke must compete on Tuesday (20:45 clock) at a second division , Host Arminia Bielefeld, however, is strong second in the table. In the fourth division 1. FC Saarbrücken should 1. FC Cologne (18:30 clock) after the bankruptcy in Mainz from another setback, between the SC Freiburg and the 1st FC Union (18:30 clock) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SC Paderborn (20:45) will face two out of a total of four Premier League matches in the 16 games of the second round.

The tingle of it awaits Football Germany on the second day of the cup. "On Wednesday we will take a fresh start," emphasized Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. For the third time the BVB meets in the second rounds on the Gladbacher, the two previous encounters won the then Lower Rhine hosts.

Gladbach with strong away series

A victory would set the mood at the Westphalia clearly lighten a defeat, the opposite, even if the Gladbacher is currently the Bundesliga leaders on paper the heaviest of all possible opponents and coach Marco Rose announced: "On Wednesday we will throw everything in to get one round." For his team speaks: The last nine away games in the Cup Gladbach decided in his favor.

The character test is the cup match for Leipzig and Wolfsburg. 1: 1 it said a week and a half ago in Saxony, now the Leipzig have to reach the Lower Saxony. Four championship games without victory gnaw at the Leipzigers. An end in the DFB Cup would be a sensitive atmospheric disturbance for last season's finalist and new coach Julian Nagelsmann.

"The atmosphere is not very rosy, the club has a certain claim, I have a certain claim How the team performs and what distinguishes them, "said Nagelsmann, who is well in the race with his team despite weaknesses in the league, Champions League and Cup. "It only becomes really stupid when we have to check off one of our goals," said the 32-year-old.

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