This man knows what he is talking about. Ottmar Hitzfeld is one of only five coaches to have won with two different Clubs in the Champions League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund and 2001 with Bayern Munich. The 69-Year’s it’s possible that one of his Ex-clubs wins this year, the most important European club title.

“The German football after the Premier League, still in second place in Europe, maybe together with Spain. Germany has caught up again,” said Hitzfeld and supplemented with a view on the debacle at the world Cup in Russia: “It is always good if there is a crash, it’s because, in retrospect, the concentration is there.”

In the Champions League round of sixteen, it comes to three direct duels between Bundesliga and Premier League: Schalke encounters with the English Champions Manchester City, Dortmund has to play against Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern get it to do with Liverpool. “If you can turn off the English Clubs, then you can win the Champions League,” said Hitzfeld. “Time will tell so now.”

On the hard it will be after the evaluation of the former success coach for the Munich, the supposedly easy path to the quarter-finals and a possible title win, Dortmund have, in his view. “Liverpool is the leader of the Premier League. But also Chelsea are playing against Manchester City, had anything other than luck of the draw. Tottenham is also strong, but not to compare with Liverpool or City,” says Hitzfeld.


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