Dortmund (dpa) – Borussia Dortmund is in debt after a sobering 1: 3 in the first round of the Champions League in Lazio.
With another setback, the Bundesliga club threatens to end up in the supposedly easy group F. With the convincing 3-0 in the Revierderby over Schalke, Favre’s team drew courage for Wednesday’s game (9 p.m. / Sky) against St. Petersburg .
INITIAL SITUATION: The big false start in Lazio Rome (1: 3) put pressure on the alleged favorites of Group F from Dortmund early on: “We cannot afford to make another mistake,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. This also applies to the double winner from Russia, who lost his first group match in injury time with 1: 2 at home against Club Brugge. “This team lost unnecessarily against Bruges and missed many chances. We need a great performance”, coach Favre warned.
STAFF: Given the ongoing deadline, Coach Lucien Favre should rotate. Marco Reus and Axel Witsel, who were only replaced late on Saturday in the Revier derby against arch-rival FC Schalke (3-0), were able to return to the base. In addition, attacker Thorgan Hazard is available again after surviving a torn muscle. BVB has to do without national player Emre Can, who is in domestic isolation due to a positive corona test and was not an option anyway due to a suspension. Furthermore, only the long-term injured Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou are missing.
EXCITING: After the discussion about the goalkeepers that Coach Favre had caused by his temporary move from Roman Bürki to Marwin Hitz, Dietmar Hamann’s contribution about captain Marco Reus is now the subject of discussion. The statement of the Sky expert that Reus is not an ideal team captain due to his frequent injuries and must be replaced by Mats Hummels, countered director Hans-Joachim Watzke via “Bild”: “Marco is a good captain. We know what we are dealing with. have it. ”Coach Favre declined to comment.
TACTICS: At BVB the fourth four is back. For the first time since February, Coach Favre resorted to this defensive variant when defeating Schalke. The coach had never made a secret of his preference for it in the months before. According to reports, the switch to a three-way chain was initiated by the team. The progress made when checking into the Revierderby should have reinforced the Swiss in his opinion.