Dortmund (AP) – Michael Zorc sees the pros from Borussia Dortmund put on duty against FC Schalke 04 for the Revierderby Saturday (6.30pm / Sky).
“We expect a response,” said BVB’s sports director, referring to the weak performance of the federal football lists at the Champions League opener in Rome on Tuesday (1: 3). He sees a lot of catching up when it comes to fighting: “In Rome, especially in the game against the ball, we kept the distance rule exemplary”, Zorc complained with an ironic undertone.
To coach Lucien Favre’s relief, staff are concerned about the defensive decline. National player Emre Can, who was suspended in Rome and was recently slightly ill, is available again. The Swiss Manuel Akanji is also expected to return to the team two and a half weeks after his positive corona test. “He worked a lot on the treadmill and the exercise bike in quarantine. It looks good,” said footballer Favre.
Although FC Schalke has had 20 Bundesliga games without a win, Zorc expects a competitive derby: “Schalke is quite far below the table. They will approach it with too much passion and dedication. They want to ruin our game. We need to be prepared for that. have an answer. “The sports director reminded the BVB professionals of the signal effect that the prestigious derby can transmit:” We know how important this game is – for us, for our fans. “
Coach Favre left open which goalkeeper will start. Recently, Marwin Hitz was preferred to regular keeper Roman Bürki, who has since recovered from an infection. “We will see that on Saturday. Marwin did well,” said the Swiss.