he Premier League title race is over, but will there be drama on the final day in the Bundesliga?

Just as in the Premier League, there are two teams in contention with one round of matches left to play.

Unlike in the Premier League, where Manchester City and Liverpool racked up huge points tallies in their relentless pursuit of the title, there have been far more points dropped between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

“Imperfect Bundesliga gets perfect finale,” is how German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has summed it up.

For the first half of the season it looked like Dortmund were on track to win their first league title since 2011/12, when Jurgen Klopp was in charge. They had the second-best points tally in club history at the halfway mark and led by nine points from Bayern Munich at the start of December.

However, Dortmund have imploded in maddening fashion in the second half of the season.

They blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim in February before losing 3-0 to Tottenham in the first half of their Champions League last-16 tie. A 0-0 draw with bottom side Nuremberg followed, and more recently a 5-0 thrashing at Bayern, a 4-2 derby defeat to Schalke – after having two players sent off – and a defeat to Werder Bremen after leading 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play.

“One day you’re sad because you made mistakes, the next day you’re happy because we can still be champions. So yeah, the Bundesliga is crazy,” said Axel Witsel after Dortmund kept the title race alive with a 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last weekend.

While Dortmund have been unable to maintain their high level, Bayern have recovered from a slow start with one of their best finishes in recent years. They have only lost once in 2019 in the Bundesliga and have taken 39 points from a possible 48.

They could have wrapped up their seventh straight title last weekend but were held to a goalless draw by RB Leipzig, with Leon Goretzka having a goal ruled out for offside.

The disappointment was lifted by the slight consolation that if Bayern do seal the title on Sunday it will be the first they have won at home since 1999/2000.

“We’ve now got the opportunity to win the title on the final matchday, in front of our own fans. I don’t think it gets more emotional than that,” said Goretzka.

In Turkey, Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir are level on 66 points at the top of the table with two matches to play.

Basaksehir have slipped up in recent weeks, allowing Galatasaray to move ahead of them courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.

Bayern and Dortmund battle for Bundesliga title on final day

he Premier League title race is over, but will there be drama on the final day in the Bundesliga?

Just as in the Premier League, there are two teams in contention with one round of matches left to play.

Unlike in the Premier League, where Manchester City and Liverpool racked up huge points tallies in their relentless pursuit of the title, there have been far more points dropped between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

“Imperfect Bundesliga gets perfect finale,” is how German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has summed it up.

For the first half of the season it looked like Dortmund were on track to win their first league title since 2011/12, when Jurgen Klopp was in charge. They had the second-best points tally in club history at the halfway mark and led by nine points from Bayern Munich at the start of December.

However, Dortmund have imploded in maddening fashion in the second half of the season.

They blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim in February before losing 3-0 to Tottenham in the first half of their Champions League last-16 tie. A 0-0 draw with bottom side Nuremberg followed, and more recently a 5-0 thrashing at Bayern, a 4-2 derby defeat to Schalke – after having two players sent off – and a defeat to Werder Bremen after leading 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play.

“One day you’re sad because you made mistakes, the next day you’re happy because we can still be champions. So yeah, the Bundesliga is crazy,” said Axel Witsel after Dortmund kept the title race alive with a 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last weekend.

While Dortmund have been unable to maintain their high level, Bayern have recovered from a slow start with one of their best finishes in recent years. They have only lost once in 2019 in the Bundesliga and have taken 39 points from a possible 48.

They could have wrapped up their seventh straight title last weekend but were held to a goalless draw by RB Leipzig, with Leon Goretzka having a goal ruled out for offside.

The disappointment was lifted by the slight consolation that if Bayern do seal the title on Sunday it will be the first they have won at home since 1999/2000.

“We’ve now got the opportunity to win the title on the final matchday, in front of our own fans. I don’t think it gets more emotional than that,” said Goretzka.

In Turkey, Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir are level on 66 points at the top of the table with two matches to play.

Basaksehir have slipped up in recent weeks, allowing Galatasaray to move ahead of them courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.

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