The Bundesliga title could be decided on Saturday, when league-leading Borussia Dortmund visit Borussia Moenchengladbach.Dortmund have set the pace for much of the campaign, and with four games to play they have an eight point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
That means a win for Juergen Klopp’s side – and any points dropped by Leverkusen from their home clash with Hoffenheim – would hand Dortmund their seventh Bundesliga crown, and first since 2001-02.
Klopp insists his side’s focus will be squarely on claiming all three points from their own game against a desperate Moenchengladbach side eager to claim full points in a bid to lift themselves off the bottom of the league.
In a sign of just how seriously Klopp was taking Saturday’s game, training sessions on both Thursday and Friday were closed to the public after crowds had increased throughout the week.
“We want to win and get the three points and I am not interested in anything more than that at this moment,” Klopp said. “We cannot influence the rest anyway.”
“I hope our fans understand the need for this measure – at the end of the day it is in our interest to prepare in a professional manner for the game in Gladbach.”
Also on Saturday, Hamburg visit Stuttgart, who will be looking to put some room between themselves and the relegation zone, as will Kaiserslautern when they travel to Schalke.
Bayern Munich – unbeaten in their last five games – head to Eintracht Frankfurt and second-from-bottom St Pauli host Werder Bremen at Millerntor-Stadion.
On Sunday, fifth-placed Mainz could all but wrap up a place in the Europa League with a win over sixth-placed Nuremberg at EasyCredit-Stadion and Cologne travel to Wolfsburg who are four points short of safety in 16th position.