Fri 07 October 2022 | 14:14

Bayern's boss Nagelsmann rules Thomas Muller out of Dortmund derby

Kimmich and Muller missed Bayern's Tuesday Champions League victory due to COVID-19. While the Bayern boss rules Muller out of selection for their Saturday Bundesliga clash while confirming Kimmich has recovered.

Bayern Munich

dominated Victoria Plzen as they gained a 5-0 Champions League victory on Tuesday. However, Joshua Kimmich and

Thomas Muller

missed the match after testing positive for the



While both players have returned negative results,

Julian Nagelsmann

revealed that the German striker still experiences virus symptoms as he might miss the Bavarians trip to Dortmund this week.

"Though they have both tested negative, Thomas Muller still has some cold symptoms, so he won't be in the squad,"

Nagelsmann said


He provided positive updates on

Joshua Kimmich

’s Coronavirus recovery, hinting at a possible injury return on Saturday. He added:

"Joshua Kimmich, everything looks good. He has no symptoms, he was asymptomatic the whole time.

"He'll travel with the squad and then we'll see how far off he is after five days on the sidelines, whether he can feature in the starting lineup.

"It's a special game and that might mean there are special circumstances, but we'll see how training goes and how he feels.

"At the end of the day, both are now free from the constraints, which is good news."


This Saturday’s

Der Klassiker

will be the first time in the last 13 years that neither Bayern nor


has topped the Bundesliga ahead of their clash. Union Berlin and SC Freiburg top the league with 17 points, followed by the German giants Bayern and BVB both with

15 points


Although Dortmund holds an 8-match losing streak against Bayern, Nagelsmann is aware of their rival’s threats.

"They have made some good signings and have put together a strong team,"

he added.

"Overall, I think they are having a solid season.

"They are a tough opponent and it will definitely be a really good game. We want to win more than anything.

"Dortmund like to defend deep and remain compact while waiting for opportunities to counter. They always have a clear shape when they counter.

"There's not really any sense of extra anticipation or tension, the preparations are the same. We don't want to let the tension come in too early, because if it comes too early, it can be hard to carry through."


Nagelsmann praised the English teenage duo

Jamal Musiala


Jude Bellingham

as they will encounter in different colors this Saturday. The Bayern boss added:

"Bellingham is having a very good season, he's very active, a different player to Jamal.

"He's more of a box-to-box player. With Jamal, it's all about the danger he can pose in front of goal, the passes he can play, and we're very happy that we have him.

"He has developed really well. He also developed well last season but didn't really hit that top level. Now, we're starting to see him do that.

"They both also have good standings in their national teams as well, so I think we can all enjoy the fact they are in the Bundesliga."



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