Borussia Dortmund has a real mammoth program ahead of it until Christmas. The black and yellow must manage ten competitive games in 31 days. The game kicks off with the away game late on Saturday evening Hertha BSC. Coach Lucien Favre, who coached Berliners for a good two years until the end of September 2009, does not expect an easy game in the capital.
“I’ve seen several games in Berlin. They’re very uncomfortable to play,” warned the BVB coach at the press conference on Friday afternoon. Favre certainly also remembered the last two duels last season, which Dortmund won 2-1 and 1-0. For the coming weeks, the Swiss sees the black and yellow well positioned. “We can rotate our squad regularly,” said the 63-year-old. “I’m not worried, we will do fine.”
In terms of personnel, Favre can almost draw on full resources on Saturday evening. Only Marcel Schmelzer (rehab after knee surgery) and Dan-Axel Zagadou are not available. The latter is still behind in training after his torn ligament, but was able to complete part of the team training last week. Favre expects the center-back to make his comeback before Christmas.
The BVB coach left it open as to whether Youssoufa Moukoko, who will turn 16 this Friday, will be part of the squad. The 63-year-old only wanted to make a decision after the final training. Loud Sky-Information the youngster will travel to Berlin with. “He has fantastic potential and is fun to train with,” said Favre. However, sports director Michael Zorc also dampened expectations a little. “We should all take our foot off the gas pedal a little so that everything can develop,” the official said on record.
When putting together the starting XI, Favre will certainly also have the Champions League group game on Tuesday in the back of his mind and possibly give one or the other national player, e.g. Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham, a break. Marco Reus and Emre Can, on the other hand, who were not nominated by national coach Joachim Löw and were able to train in Dortmund, are hot candidates for the starting eleven.
No changes are expected in the back four in front of Roman Bürki. While Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji form the central defense, Thomas Meunier and Raphael Guerreiro take over the flanks. Favre is spoiled for choice again in the central midfield, where Axel Witsel and Can, who was only allowed to play as a defender this season, could gain confidence.
The offensive row of three could occupy Favre with Jadon Sancho, Reus and Thorgan Hazard. The starting eleven is completed by Erling Haaland, who returned to Dortmund prematurely after a positive corona case with the Norwegian national team and was tested negative several times.