‘Won’t be easy for Bayern to win the league’, says Claudio Pizarro ahead of high-voltage clash against Dortmund | Football News

Former Bayern Munich ahead Claudio Pizarro believes that the upcoming ‘Der Klassiker’ may be essential for Bayern’s home season, contemplating their comparatively shaky outings in the previous few video games. Despite being at the prime of the desk, Bayern have endured important slip-ups this season together with a surprising 5-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach and a slender 1-2 defeat to Augsburg final month. 

While accidents and COVID-related absences have performed an element, Bayern have largely relied on their attacking prowess this season to bail them out of difficult conditions.

Pizarro believes that the title race may be extra intense this season, and the end result against Dortmund would be an correct reflection of the place Bayern stand at the second.

“This year’s going to be a little more exciting,” the former Bayern Munich forward replied to a question from Hindustan Times. “It’s not going to be easy for Bayern to win the league. A good reflection at how Bayern is at the moment after all these problems will be the game on Saturday. We will see how they are going to play, that (the result) is the good way to see if they are capable to be in the race for the Bundesliga title,” Pizarro said.

The former Bayern star, who has represented the defending Bundesliga champions in two spells (2001-2007 & 2012-2015), further commended the side’s manager Julian Nagelsmann for his flexibility with a razor-thin squad amid major absences.

“Nagelsmann is doing very nicely in the crew. He can adapt rapidly, he’s younger and he’s versatile along with his crew. He can talk very nicely along with his gamers. I hope there may be going to be sport on Saturday,” said Pizarro.

Lewandowski deserved Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or this year was a fairly controversial one with Lionel Messi winning his seventh ‘Golden Ball’. Many believed that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was a more deserving candidate than the Argentine football legend, and Claudio Pizarro, who has played alongside Lewandowski at the club, insisted that it was “disappointing” to see the Bayern forward missing out on the title.

“Of course, it’s totally troublesome as an ex-Bayern participant. I’ve performed with Robert. I feel he deserved it. All the issues he has to do to win the Ballon d’Or, he did that. Messi is an unbelievable participant, however on this year, Robert deserved to win. It’s disappointing,” Pizarro said.

Lewandowski finished second in the final Ballon d’Or list this year. The Bayern forward was also pipped to win the title last year, but the Ballon d’Or was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting football action across the globe.

Rangnick ‘a good organiser’

Pizarro also believes that Manchester United and the Premier League will have a lot to gain from Ralf Rangnick’s appointment. Rangnick was named the interim manager of the ‘Red Devils’ last month, and Pizarro, who has played against Rangnick’s sides on a number of occasions during his playing days in the Bundesliga, believes that the veteran manager would know “exactly what he has to do.”

“I hope he’ll make a big effect. He is an excellent organiser. He managed Red Bull for a few years, he is aware of how to do a job, of course with loads of expertise, he is aware of precisely what he has to do. It just isn’t easy to come to a crew the place all the things could be very difficult. I hope he could make a big effect for Premier League and for Manchester United,” stated Pizarro. 

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