For the first time in six years, Borussia Dortmund will probably miss qualifying for the Champions League this season. The BVB team could actually use a makeover. Due to the difficult financial situation, also due to the Corona crisis, only a “light upheaval” is to be expected.
BVB is seven points behind the Champions League ranks after the bitter 1: 2 bankruptcy against direct rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.
Should Borussia catch up in the remaining seven Bundesliga games, it would be a little football miracle – just like if the black and yellow win the premier class and secure a ticket for the coming season in this way. So everything boils down to the most important club competition in the world taking place in 2021/2022 without Dortmund participation.
The millions of revenue lost as a result are missing in the war chest of BVB, which should actually go on a big shopping tour in the summer in view of the disappointing performance in recent months. In addition, there are the lost revenues due to the Corona crisis, in particular due to the ongoing ghost games.
Felix Uduokhai a topic at BVB?
According to “Sport Bild” there will be no major upheaval after the season at Westphalia. Sports director Michael Zorc, his designated successor Sebastian Kehl and Co. still want to turn a few screws.
A new man for central defense is urgently needed. In addition to Maxence Lacroix from VfL Wolfsburg, who has been trading at BVB for weeks, Augsburg’s Felix Uduokhai should also be an issue. The 23-year-old, who was appointed to the DFB team by Joachim Löw for the first time in 2020, would cost a whopping 15 million euros.
BVB also needs reinforcements on the offensive wings – one player if Jadon Sancho, contrary to expectations, does not leave the club in the summer, even two if the Englishman finds a club that pays the called 100 million euros plus X for him.
In this context, “Sport Bild” once again brings Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) and Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon) into discussion. The latter would even be available free of charge due to his expiring contract, but without the Champions League he would probably not be keen on playing in black and yellow in the future.
BVB: What will happen to Nico Schulz and Felix Passlack?
On the other hand, the deliberations of the BVB officials to sign a new number one for the goal should be off the table. Instead, Marwin Hitz and Roman Bürki will probably continue to duel for the regular place between the posts.
If you believe “Sport Bild”, Nico Schulz could leave BVB in addition to the established departures of Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek. The national player, who was signed for 25 million euros from Hoffenheim in 2019, has remained a foreign body in his second season in Dortmund so far.
According to the report, Felix Passlack will take over his place as a substitute for Raphael Guerreiro on the left defense. The expiring contract with the home grown is to be extended for this purpose.