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Joachim Low predicts tight Bundesliga

August 12, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Germany coach Joachim Low is expecting Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to push each other all the way in this season’s Bundesliga.

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PA PhotosJoachim Low has backed Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to both do well this season.

Bayern and Dortmund both picked up three points on the opening weekend of the new campaign. The European champions beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, while their rivals saw off Augsburg 4-0.

Last season, Bayern finished 25 points clear of Dortmund at the top of the table, but Low is expecting this season to be far tighter.

“In line with expectations, Bayern and Dortmund recorded their first wins. Already on matchday one it has become obvious they will be the ones to catch as the favourites,” Low told kicker. “Neither Gladbach nor Augsburg surrendered without a fight, but rather, at least at times, they tried to stand up to their opponents.

“If Dortmund don’t run into injury trouble they, with their first XI, are always capable of beating Bayern and of giving them a good fight at the top of the table. Borussia will have problems if one of their key players gets injured. Bayern has more overall quality in their squad.”

The Germany boss also hinted at a possible Nationalmannschaft debut for Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

The 33-year-old was hailed as the “best uncapped ‘keeper in the world” by German media after he helped his side to reach last season’s Champions League final.

“I acknowledge his accomplishments with huge respect. He played fantastic,” Low said. “Over the last two to three years he has become a personality, and he’s one of the leaders at Dortmund. His footballing skills have improved and on the line he has become even better than he already was. He has proved many wrong.” 

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