The stage for the club record of ÖFB team striker Sasa Kalajdzic could not be a bigger one. In the German Bundesliga duel with Bayern Munich, the Viennese want to net for the eighth time in a row in the league on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) and thus surpass Fredi Bobic's previous record. On the side of the league leaders, goalgetter Robert Lewandowski has Gerd Müller's record in his sights, the Pole is still eight goals missing on his "40s" from the 1971/72 season. </p><div> <p>In any case, the newcomer from Stuttgart does not want to be intimidated by the leaders in the Süd-Schlager - despite the statistics. There have been 19 wins and only one defeat for Bayern in the last 20 games. "If we don't have the courage to play football, then we have no chance," said Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo before the trip to Munich. "We want to go full throttle."</p>
The starting position for this approach could hardly be better for the Swabians. Because the Stuttgart have had nothing to do with relegation this season. Everything that follows now is, in a sense, a bonus. After the recent 2-0 win against Hoffenheim, VfB could even intervene in the race for the European Cup places. This is one of the reasons why the mood among the players is currently resolved, as Matarazzo reported.
Kalajdzic is currently flying high. The 23-year-old two-meter man scores like on the assembly line, he already has 13 goals this season. He is still 19 missing from Lewandowski, who still has nine games to leave the Müller brand behind with just as many hits. In the Champions League, the Pole was still hungry for goals in the 2-1 win against Lazio. He scored a total of 39 competitive goals in 35 games this season.
“He’s a player who can score four goals in one game. Hopefully not against us,” said Matarazzo. It is not an easy task to stop the world footballer. “But we’ll try.”
The fight for the Champions League places remains exciting – also or precisely because Bayern and RB Leipzig have already escaped the chasers. Fernduellen is about important points for the entry into the “premier class” on this match day: The third VfL Wolfsburg from coach Oliver Glasner has to compete at Werder Bremen, Adi Hütter’s Frankfurt Eintracht in fourth place receives 1. FC Union Berlin .
Champions League quarter-finalist Borussia Dortmund meanwhile wants to score points with relegation-threatened 1. FC Köln and not let Bayer Leverkusen – who will be visiting Hertha BSC in Berlin on Sunday – overtake them in fifth place. The coaching chairs are shaking at both clubs on the banks of the Rhine: In addition to Cologne’s Markus Gisdol, whose possible successor is Peter Stöger, among other Austrians, his Leverkusen colleague Peter Bosz must also fear for his job.