Dortmund Hopes to End Bayern’s Decade-Long Dominance on Final Day

With their title-deciding encounter against Mainz on a nerve-wracking closing day of the Bundesliga on Saturday, Borussia Dortmund is poised to end Bayern Munich's ten-year reign on the German crown. 

In prior seasons, the Bayern team's full stars had the championship locked up well before the last day, but this season, their gaffes and Dortmund's perseverance have kept the game close until the last whistle. Along with one of the closest survival contests in recent memory, European slots are also up for grabs.

Bayern can win their 11th straight Bundesliga title with a victory at Cologne, but only if Dortmund, who are two points ahead at the top of the table, falter. Meanwhile, Dortmund knows a win over mid-table Mainz will guarantee their first Bundesliga crown since 2012.

Dortmund's best bid since the Klopp era 

Edin Terzic, the coach of Dortmund, urged his team not to forfeit concentration.

"We're not done yet, but we're ready to take the final step," Terzic said, "As a team, as a club, as a city."

The football experts, along with the fans, have hyped Terzic to be the best since Klopp shouted directions to the yellow brigade at Signal Iduna Park.

Thomas Mueller, a seasoned player, urged supporters to "stick together for one more week" as Bayern tightened the organisation ahead of a week that might see them go trophyless for the very first time since 2011–12. This will also question the decision by the Bayern management to fire Julian Nagelsmann and hire Thomas Tuchel.

Fitting farewell to Bellingham 

Jude Bellingham, a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, faces an uphill battle against the clock to be well for the game on Saturday against Mainz, which could be his final match for the team.

Only the second game the English teenager has missed due to injury in the previous two seasons, Bellingham was unable to play in Dortmund's 3-0 victory away at Augsburg on Sunday owing to a knee problem. Real Madrid and Manchester City are interested in signing him, despite Dortmund having a deal that goes until 2025.a