"FC bayern is the rough loser," said fubball emperor franz beckenbauer on sky 90 while looking at the standings. Defending champions borussia dortmund had just stormed to within four goals of leaders munich, who were level on points, thanks to an impressive 5-1 gala at hamburger SV. FC schalke 04 is third with also 37 payers, and only one payer behind lurks already bayern-bezwinger borussia monchengladbach (36).
"This is not a solo effort by the bavarians, but a gang of four. But it’s still exciting – and that’s good," beckenbauer added. The last time it was this close at the top was in the 1991/92 season: eintracht frankfurt, vfb stuttgart and borussia dortmund went into the final matchday tied in this order. Frankfurt lost in rostock, dortmund won in duisburg, but was caught seven minutes before the end when guido buchwald headed his vfb to victory in leverkusen and thus to the title win.
Now even three bavarian youngsters are within striking distance – and are more or less openly challenging the star ensemble. "Bayern is and remains the favorite," said BVB international kevin grobkreutz after the twelfth game in a row without defeat. To add almost at the same moment: "with this, we have set a clear sign for ourselves. We just have to keep doing our thing. And if we continue like this, it will be very difficult to beat us."