Borussia Dortmund worried about injured Mats Hummels

Dhe actually most important news of Wednesday evening almost went under. Borussia Dortmund is early in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Due to the 1-1 draw in the home game against Lazio Rome, the Bundesliga club cannot be ousted from the top two positions in the group before the final game at Zenit St. Petersburg next Tuesday. The ten points reached so far to run in the final before the knocked-off Russians (one point) and Lazio (nine) or FC Bruges (seven), who will face each other in a direct duel next week.

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

The interim goal that BVB set itself in this complicated Corona season has therefore been achieved. Nevertheless, the mood in the Dortmund camp was anything but good. Because the day had left its mark. Even before the game, the news of Erling Haaland’s failure was alarming. For the best striker, who has scored six goals in four games for Borussia in the Champions League and ten goals in eight games in the Bundesliga this season, the football year 2020 is probably already over. After a muscle fiber tear in the final training session, the Norwegian is expected to be out until January.

“It hurts a lot, of course, because Erling Haaland has been responsible for the goals and the will to win in the last few weeks,” said sports director Michael Zorc on TV channel Sky before the game against Lazio. “He is a very important player for us and set the tone on the offensive. But up to 12 months ago we played without him and of course we have to make it more flexible now to compensate for the risk of goal. ”It won’t be easy. Against the Romans, BVB created few scoring opportunities. One uses Raphael Guerreiro (44th minute) to lead 1-0.

The fact that it wasn’t enough to win was of course also due to the Borussia, who did not step up and let the up-and-coming Lazio get better and better into the game in the second half. “We played against good opponents. It is impossible to always win high. We definitely had our scoring chances and could take a higher lead, ”said coach Lucien Favre. Captain Marco Reus also saw his own shortcomings: “We were too low in the second half, we dropped too far, that shouldn’t happen to us at home. Unfortunately we didn’t reward ourselves with a win. “

Even more than the Dortmund deficits, the black and yellow were concerned with a decision by the referee team. In a duel with the recently substituted Nico Schulz in the far corner of the penalty area, the Roman Sergej Milinkovic-Savic took off. Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz initially let the game continue, but then suddenly turned around, whistled and gave a penalty. Even the Romans didn’t know what was happening to them at first, the Dortmunders reacted puzzled and then angry. Ciro Immobile, who played a rather unfortunate season in Dortmund in 2014/2015 despite his ten goals, did not miss the chance to make it 1-1 and converted the penalty (67th).

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Crisis in German football: red alert among youngsters

Dhe national team is in free fall at the end of 2020. When it comes to youth development, too, all the advantages that the German Football Association (DFB) had worked hard for over the past decade are long gone. Just three years ago, in the summer of 2017, the former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann declared that German football lived in paradise. His successor Joachim Löw could draw on the full at the 2018 World Cup and fall back on around forty to fifty first-class professionals. There are so many good players in Germany that you can even put together two top international teams from them. Klinsmann was right. Back then.

Only three years later everything is different. A badly beaten national team and their national coach stagger into the European Championship year after the 6-0 debacle in Spain. Out of nine games since the World Cup disaster in 2018, they have only won one against top nations. The view into the future is also more gloomy than it has been for many years. U-21 national coach Stefan Kuntz sounded the alarm last week: “We’re so beaten!”

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Thomas Müller from FC Bayern talks about a comeback in the DFB team

Thomas Müller seems open to a return to the German national soccer team. “As I said, none of us resigned,” said the 2014 world champion after his FC Bayern 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen on Saturday on Sky. But he was “not of the opinion that we should discuss players”. After the 6-0 defeat of the DFB selection last Tuesday in Spain “we should discuss other things”. His “main focus” is also “on the club”.

Like his Munich team-mate Jérôme Boateng and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Müller was sorted out by national coach Joachim Löw in March 2019. The 60-year-old justifies the decision with the change in personnel, so far he has not deviated from his course. The return of at least parts of the trio was repeatedly called for from different sides – not least after the Spain game by several experts.

Müller said on Saturday: “Of course you suffer with your teammates in the club and your former national team colleagues as well as the spectators.” The fans “longed for things to go well again,” said the 31-year-old. “At the moment there is a lot of negativity around the topic, it really hurts.” In the Nations League in Seville, the national team lost as much on Tuesday as it has not since 1931.

The national team’s crisis allegedly does not burden the work at Bayern Munich. “The boys are professionals enough,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Saturday in the Sky interview before the game with a view of the Munich national team. The training was good and there were talks with the returning players. “I’m not worried that it won’t continue the way it ended in Dortmund,” emphasized Salihamidzic. The national team should analyze what happened in Seville. “We do our work here exactly as we did it before.”

Salihamidzic did not confirm reports about the supposedly imminent departure of Jérôme Boateng from Bayern next summer. “We all know that Jérôme has an ongoing contract until June 30, 2021,” said Salihamidzic. “We will meet with him and his management at a reasonable time and make a fair decision for everyone.” The former national player’s contract was “not at all our topic at the moment”.

Boateng (32) himself had said that he was “surprised” by the customer that his contract should not be extended beyond the summer of 2021. Coach Hansi Flick had expressed his great appreciation for the central defender on Friday. “He’s a player who has shown outstanding performance, he’s won the triple for the second time. Little need to be said about its qualities, ”he said. “Jérôme certainly knows how I see the whole thing and how I feel about it.”

FC Bayern meanwhile have to fear defender Lucas Hernández’s failure. The world champion hit the ground after a duel in a 1-1 draw against Bremen and was replaced after 19 minutes. He had problems with his hip and will be examined on Sunday, said coach Flick. “We have to wait and see.” For Hernández, who signed for 80 million euros last year, a long absence would be particularly bitter, as he is now a regular at the Munich team as a left-back after a difficult first season.

Alphonso Davies is missing as another left-back injured. Flick hopes that in Wednesday’s Champions League game against RB Salzburg midfielder Corentin Tolisso and right-back Bouna Sarr can return after their muscular problems. “We’ll have to wait and see,” said Flick.

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DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff should present crisis analysis

National team manager Bierhoff is to present a crisis analysis to the DFB presidium for the team of national coach Löw in December – whether there will be a vote on its future is open.

The crisis management around Joachim Löw will last at least until December 4th. On this day, Oliver Bierhoff, as director for the national teams, is to present the results of an analysis of the state of the German elite footballers after the historic 0: 6 against Spain to the Presidium of the German Football Association (DFB). The “Bild” reported after a message from the highest DFB committee on Friday.

FAZ: Need for discussion in the presidium because of Fritz Keller

According to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, however, “within the Presidium, there is now an increased need for discussions – on their own behalf. According to this, parts of the committee accuse President Fritz Keller (63) of a sluggish course and a lack of communication after the defeat in Seville last Tuesday.

In terms of work-up, the DFB executive committee agreed on a common line, according to the FAZ. The “Bild” wrote of a debate that was “very factual”.

Persuasion plan for success track

But now it’s up to Löw, who has retired to his home in Baden, together with co-trainer Marcus Sorg, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke and Bierhoff to analyze and explain the target state as well as the current state. Those responsible for the team must ultimately convince the Presidium of how they want to shape the team into a successful unit again in order to achieve the declared goal of the semi-finals at the EM in the summer of next year.

“There is no free ticket for Jogi Löw,” the “Bild” quoted a participant from Friday who was not named. He will listen very carefully to what Löw’s review looks like and what perspective he is showing the DFB Presidium with a view to the EM 2021. This also includes the question of whether there is a need for more experienced players in the squad who would take command – “especially when things are not going well”. The main concern is the retirement of ex-world champions Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng.

Löw should be spared further appearance

It is unclear whether there will be a vote on Löw’s future after the meeting at the beginning of next month, wrote the “Bild”. That Bierhoff should explain the situation is because the DFB presidium wanted to spare the national coach another appearance.

The World Cup qualification will be drawn on December 7th just three days after the presidium meeting, which was already scheduled. The national coach will not be able to convene his squad again until mid-March, so that he can work with his national players for the last time before the EM training camp.

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Boateng does not expect a comeback in the national team

Jérôme Boateng apparently has little hope of a comeback in the national soccer team under Joachim Löw. After the 6-0 debacle against Spain, some experts demanded that the national coach have to bring him, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels back into the selection – but Löw immediately declined. “That was clearly communicated last year. The DFB has chosen this path, you have to respect that – and I do, ”said the 2014 world champion in an interview with Spox and Goal on Thursday.

The 32-year-old added that he doesn’t want to go back to the national team at any cost. “I have expressed my position on this several times, and those responsible at the DFB have also done so. Basically, I don’t rule it out, but it would also depend on how I feel at the moment, ”he said.

The defender had once again developed into a top performer at Bayern Munich under coach Hansi Flick last season and has also impressed this season. Nevertheless, the Munich-based company does not seem to offer him a contract extension beyond 2021, according to a “Bild” report. But he doesn’t want to deal with that either.

Boateng has now come to terms with the fact that his contract with the Bundesliga leaders, which expires at the end of the season, will not be extended. “I was surprised and would have liked to have sat down beforehand. But now I don’t deal with it anymore, ”he said.

He always explained. “That I would like to get to know something else and accept a new challenge”. Boateng is apparently toying with a move to a metropolis. He is “a person who loves to get to know new cities, new cultures and new people. I’m actually not the type who likes to stay in one place for a long time. Accordingly, Paris, London, but also cities outside Europe are interesting for me, ”said the 32-year-old.

Born in Berlin, he moved from Manchester City to Munich in 2011. He will always keep fond memories of the ten years with the German record champions. Boateng: “When the day comes when they part ways, I will look back proudly on the years and many successes with this club. Not many footballers are allowed to experience something like this. “

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Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff do not understand criticism of the DFB team

IIn the next seven days, the last three international matches of the year are due. A year that marked the dawn of a new era for the national soccer team. But the year 2020 is so far a year of missed opportunities for the four-time world champion. And that is not (only) due to Corona. In the final sprint, the most important team in the country is all about damage limitation.

Because of the unpleasant mood of crisis that has spread since the 2018 World Cup and has intensified again in recent months, Oliver Bierhoff has recently been on the phone a lot. The DFB director national teams spoke to people from very different industries because he hoped to get such an honest German mood around the national team. You don’t have to be a fortune teller to say that Bierhoff should not have been spared a few unpleasant discoveries in these open conversations. For example, that some football fans are especially tired of the leadership of the national team.

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Bierhoff names danger when returning from Müller & Co. – These are “alpha animals”

Doubts about full EM stadiums

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff openly addressed a particular problem in the debate about a possible return of former world champions Thomas Müller (31), Mats Hummels (31) and Jérôme Boateng (32) to the national team. “If you bring back well-deserved national players, you have to assume a certain approach. These players would of course be set, ”said Bierhoff on Monday in Leipzig at the meeting point for the current DFB squad for the last three international matches of the year. Currently there is “no need for action”.

Bierhoff recalled an example from his own time as a DFB player. National coach Berti Vogts reactivated former captain Lothar Matthäus for the 1998 World Cup in France. Do something like that with a group, Bierhoff warned, “because they are alpha animals”. Even at the failed 2018 World Cup, there were discussions between young and old players. The DFB selection was eliminated in the preliminary round. “It is absolutely correct that Jogi continues on the path. You have to give the young people space to develop, ”explained Bierhoff.

Max, Uduokhai & Baku nominated for the first time: The DFB squad in the gallery

International matches in November

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Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané as well as Toni Kroos, Matthias Ginter and Timo Werner are intended exclusively for the Nations League games against the Ukraine (November 14th) and in Spain (November 17th). Germany will meet the Czech Republic on November 11th.

Goal: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim, 0 internationals)

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Goal: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern, 94 international matches)

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Goal: Bernd Leno (Arsenal, 8 caps)

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Goal: Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt, 4 international matches)

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Defense: Matthias Ginter (Bor. M ‘gladbach, 33 internationals)

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Defense: Robin Gosens (Atalanta Bergamo, 4 international matches)

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Defense: Ridle Baku (Wolfsburg, 0 internationals)

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Defense: Robin Koch (Leeds United, 4 caps)

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Defense: Philipp Max (PSV, 0 internationals)

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Defense: Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea, 35 caps)

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Defense: Nico Schulz (BVB, 11 internationals)

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Defense: Niklas Stark (Hertha, 2 internationals)

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Defense: Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04, 11 internationals)

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Defense: Felix Uduokhai (FC Augsburg, 0 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Nadiem Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen, 4 international matches)

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Midfield / Attack: Julian Brandt (BVB, 33 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Mahmoud Dahoud (BVB, 1 international match)

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Midfield / attack: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern, 15 international matches)

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Midfield / attack: Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern, 27 international matches)

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Midfield / attack: Ilkay Gündogan (Man City, 39 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Jonas Hofmann (M’gladbach, 1 international match)

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Midfield / Attack: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, 100 caps)

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Midfield / Attack: Florian Neuhaus (M’gladbach, 1 international match)

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Midfield / attack: Leroy Sané (FC Bayern, 23 international matches)

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Midfield / Attack: Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica Lisbon, 4 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Timo Werner (Chelsea, 33 internationals)

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Löw confirms retirement: “Nothing has changed about that now”

Löw had confirmed on Monday in the “Kicker” that the Munich Müller and Boateng, who had been retired in March 2019, as well as the Dortmund Hummels, would not be brought back to the DFB team. “We basically decided not to nominate these players, that has not changed now.”

Bierhoff assured that the topic was purely about a personnel realignment of the German national team. There was “nothing interpersonal between Jogi and the players”.

Bierhoff laments the mood around Löw-Elf: “Cloud over the team”

Bierhoff fervently defended the young German national team against criticism and complained about a bad general public mood. “We are in a prominent position and earn a lot of money. But it’s people. There is a cloud over the team that is fighting, that is working, ”said Bierhoff. In his more than ten-minute monologue, Bierhoff spoke of tension and frustration in the team over recent mediocre results. “But they stand up and don’t take the easy path,” Bierhoff advertised.

12 in the 100 club: The German record international players

12 – Toni Kroos | 100 international matches

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11 – Thomas Müller | 100 international matches

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10 – Thomas Häßler | 101 international matches

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9 – Franz Beckenbauer | 103 international matches

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8 – Per Mertesacker | 104 international matches

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7 – Jürgen Kohler | 105 international matches

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6 – Jürgen Klinsmann | 108 international matches

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5 – Philipp Lahm | 113 international matches

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4 – Bastian Schweinsteiger | 121 international matches

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3 – Lukas Podolski | 130 international matches

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2 – Miroslav Klose | 137 international matches

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The European champion from 1996 complained several times about the “tonality” with which the Löw selection was spoken. “What will be achieved and not what will not be achieved” should be the focus. “The players have earned our trust and they will pay back.”

The DFB-Elf will meet the Czech Republic in a test match in Leipzig on Wednesday. The Nations League game against Ukraine follows on Saturday, before the competition ends three days later with the game in Seville against Spain. “It’s only about results on the pitch. We have to perform there, we have to be there in a nutshell, ”said Bierhoff, calling for success at the end of the year.

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Bierhoff does not believe in EM 2021 with full stadiums: “I doubt”

In view of the unforeseeable end of the corona pandemic, Bierhoff also does not believe in an EM with full stadiums and the processes familiar from previous tournaments. “How do I imagine the EM 2021? Not in the way I would like, ”he said.

“You have to assume that Corona will not have left us next year,” said Bierhoff. He is assuming strict rules for the teams at the European Championship finals, which had been postponed by a year due to the virus and should now start on June 11, 2021.

One of the twelve venues is to be Munich, where the German team would also play their three group matches against world champions France, defending champions Portugal and Iceland or Hungary. “They will try to do that with the teams,” believes Bierhoff, who pessimistically added with a view to the fans: “I doubt that the stadium will be full. But I think that a few spectators will be there. “

Copenhagen to London: The envisaged EM stadiums by capacity

Telia Parking / Capacity: 38,000 / Home Team: FC Copenhagen

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Aviva Stadium / Capacity: 51,000 / Home Team: Ireland

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Hampden Park / Capacity: 51,000 / Home Team: Scotland

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San Mamés / Capacity: 53,000 / Home team: Athletic Bilbao

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Johan Cruijff Arena / Kapazität: 54,000 / Heimteam: Ajax Amsterdam

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Arena Națională / Capacity: 54,000 / Home team: Dinamo Bucharest

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Gazprom Arena / Capacity: 61,000 / Home team: Zenit St. Petersburg

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Olimpico di Roma / Kapazität: 68,000 / Heimteams: AS Rom, Lazio

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Puskás Aréna / Capacity: 68.000 / Heimteam: Ungarn

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Baku Olympic Stadium / Capacity: 69,000 / Home team: Azerbaijan

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Allianz Arena / Capacity: 70,000 / Home team: FC Bayern Munich

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Wembley Stadium / Capacity: 90,000 / Home team: England

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Borussia Dortmund’s worries before the CL game at Club Brugge

ADefense boss Mats Hummels is out, striker Erling Haaland is questionable – just before the key game at FC Bruges and the league summit against FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund’s personnel worries are growing. Nevertheless, everyone involved thinks they are ready for the trend-setting games on Wednesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Sky) in the Champions League and on Saturday (6.30 p.m.) in the Bundesliga. “It will be a week in which we can move a lot,” said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl full of hope for a continuation of the soaring with three recent wins.

Much will depend on how the Bundesliga second masters the absence of Hummels. Because all hopes for a quick recovery of the 2014 world champion, who sustained a thigh injury in the 2-0 win in Bielefeld last Saturday, turned out to be wishful thinking. “Unfortunately it won’t be enough. We hope he can do it again on Saturday, but he won’t be there tomorrow, ”complained coach Lucien Favre on Tuesday with a sad expression. After all, Hummels was apparently spared a serious muscle injury and thus an even longer loss. “Good news: I’m too slow to tear a hamstring,” he joked on Twitter, “I’ll be back on Saturday.”

The absence of Hummels is a handicap for BVB. Finally, with Emre Can (Corona) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (knee), two other defenders are not available. In addition, Hummels is a guarantee that the team, which is actually known for their offensive power, has recently even been convincing on the defensive and without conceding a goal in five of six Bundesliga games. Most recently, the 31-year-old veteran also made a name for himself as a goalscorer and scored three goals against Schalke (1) and Bielefeld (2).

To the chagrin of Favre, the comeback of Erling Haaland could also be delayed contrary to expectations. “We don’t know yet,” replied the coach when asked about the chance of the Norwegian, who had been spared in Bielefeld due to knee problems. After all, the striker, who scored twelve times in ten Champions League games, took part in the final training and should at least be part of the squad.


Departure with pain: Mats Hummels had to be replaced injured against Bielefeld.
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Without Hummels and Haaland, it should be much more difficult for Borussia to improve the weak away record on international territory. Because the last four games in Milan (0: 2), Barcelona (1: 3), Paris (0: 2) and Rome (1: 3) were all lost. “We have room for improvement away from home. There is a clear challenge for us to do better “, commented sports director Michael Zorc in the” Kicker “.

In any case, the task of fourth place in the Jupiler League should not be underestimated. Two of the three previous games in the narrow Jan Breydel Stadium were lost for BVB. Only two years ago we managed a happy 1-0 in the group game. Another defeat would set the Revierklub far back in the fight for the round of 16. After all, after the surprising 2: 1 at Zenit St. Petersburg and the 1: 1 against Lazio Rome in Group F, the Belgians rank second in the table, one point ahead of the Dortmunders. “We have to win this game and want to work out a good starting position for the second half of the group stage,” said full-back Felix Passlack.

Because Belgium is currently one of the Corona hotspots in Europe, BVB has adjusted its travel plans. Contrary to other customs, the team did not complete their final training in the opponent’s stadium, but in Dortmund and only set off for Bruges on the evening before the game. Immediately after the final whistle, it goes back home. “We’re flying later than planned and don’t want to stay there long. We have to be careful, ”commented Favre. He made no secret of his concern: “What we’re doing is very dangerous. We are at the limit because we travel all over Europe. “

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BVB and Mats Hummels threaten worst-case scenario

Borussia Dortmund will have to do without Mats Hummels in the third Champions League group game on Wednesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Sky) at Club Bruges. “Unfortunately it won’t be enough. We hope he can do it again on Saturday, but he won’t be there tomorrow, ”said coach Lucien Favre on Tuesday.

Defense chief Hummels sustained a muscle injury in the 2-0 win for the Revierklub in Bielefeld after his two goals. Even if the 2014 world champion played in the league summit against his former club FC Bayern on Saturday, it remains questionable, even if Hummels was optimistic on Twitter. “Bad news: unfortunately it is not enough for the game in Bruges. Good news: I’m too slow to tear a muscle fiber, I want to be there again on Saturday. “

Haaland also questionable

The failure of Hummels increases the Dortmund personnel worries in defense during the guest appearance in Belgium. In addition to the 31-year-old veteran, national players Emre Can (corona quarantine) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (knee) are out.

In addition, Erling Haaland’s comeback could be delayed: “We don’t know yet,” replied Favre when asked about the chance of the Norwegian, who had been spared in Bielefeld due to knee problems. The coach only wants to decide on his assignment after the final training session.

Because Belgium is currently one of the Corona hotspots in Europe, BVB has adjusted its travel plans. Contrary to other customs, BVB does not complete its final training in the opponent’s stadium, but in Dortmund and does not leave for Bruges until the evening before the game. Immediately after the game, it’s back to home.

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Bundesliga: BVB wins thanks to Hummels in Bielefeld – Sport

Arminia Bielefeld – Borussia Dortmund 0: 2 (0: 0), Goals 0: 1 Hummels (53.), 0: 2 Hummels (71.)

The defender Mats Hummels scored a goal on Saturday that he couldn’t help at all. Hummels, you have to credit him, had placed himself in the penalty area after a corner kick. He did that well; Hummels could not really calculate in advance that five players would dive under the flank ball in front of him. Hummels watched in amazement as the ball hit his thigh and from there into the Bielefeld goal. With a striker it would have been said: He knew where to stand. Hummels grinned.

The goal redeemed Dortmund in a tough game that was reminiscent of the lecture during the week against St. Petersburg. Without Erling Haaland (knee injury), BVB found it difficult to ignite real goal danger. Manuel Akanji managed to push the ball past the free Bielefeld goal from three meters. The newcomer did his job properly, but probably did not expect to be able to steal a few points in the Ostwestfalen-Westfalen derby against BVB.

Hummels then scored another goal that he could do something for: A nice header, after a cross from Reus, Hummels grinned again. Last weekend he had already scored against Schalke. Dortmund’s new head striker had to be replaced shortly before the end, however, injured. “It tightened in my thigh,” said Hummels later, “I hope to win the race against time by Wednesday.” Then it goes on in the Champions League.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – RB Leipzig 1: 0 (0: 0), 1:0 Wolf (60.)

It was unmistakably the game of two teams who achieved a lot in the Champions League during the week: The Gladbachers had the game against Real Madrid (2-2) in their bones, the Leipzigers were still struggling at 5-0 at Manchester United. That’s how they played: a little weak and unwilling to take the big risk.

For at least an hour, then the former RB employee Hannes Wolf completed a really nice Gladbach attack with the opening goal, and the game picked up speed: On the Leipzig side, Marcel Sabitzer narrowly missed the goal, Alassane Pléa hit the Gladbach team Ball against the crossbar. Leipzig tried everything, but could not prevent the first defeat of the Bundesliga season. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann has lost the lead in the standings.

1. FC Cologne – FC Bayern 1: 2 (0: 2), Goals 0: 1 Müller (13th, hand penalty), 0: 2 Gnabry (45th), 1: 2 Drexler (83th)

Bayern could have won their away game in Cologne higher. Only they didn’t want that. Would have been too exhausting, between all the appearances in the Champions League. So Munich did exactly as much in the 2-1 victory in Cologne as they had to to win the game.

Without Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka, but with Leroy Sané in the starting line-up, Munich only needed 13 minutes to take the lead. Thomas Müller converted a penalty safely after Cologne’s Marius Wolf had jumped the ball to the hand. Shortly before the break, the Cologne team thought it was a good idea not to attack Serge Gnabry in the penalty area. He thanked him. Dominick Drexler scored a goal shortly before the end for Cologne who never gave up, but Bayern’s victory was no longer in danger.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen 1: 1 (0: 0), Tor 0:1 Sargent (51.), 1:1 Silva (65.)

Florian Kohfeldt has now been in office for exactly three years at Werder Bremen, despite all the rumors of replacement in the meantime. And on this Saturday he was very happy about this one dot for the anniversary. Bremen led through a counterattack by Josh Sargent, but then got very distressed. The equalization by André Silva (after a serious mistake by Bremen’s Theodor Gebre Selassie) remained the only profit for an angry storming Frankfurt, it was no longer enough to win. “I’m not satisfied with the result,” grumbled striker Bas Dost, “we deserved more.”

Especially because video assistant Bibiana Steinhaus had looked very closely at the alleged Frankfurt goal by Daichi Kamada, when she recognized an offside position during the preparatory pass from Steven Zuber to André Silva. It was about centimeters, but good: Silva was probably on the side. And Frankfurt mourns two points behind.

FC Augsburg – FSV Mainz 05, 3:1 (1:0), Tore 1:0 Vargas (40.), 1:1 Onisiwo (64.), 2:1 Hahn (80.), 3:1 Hahn (90.)

Again no point for Mainz 05. It is getting complicated, in Augsburg it was again not enough for anything countable, so the Mainz team remain last after six match days. Pointless last. “What we played in the first half was not suitable for the Bundesliga,” stated Abwehrspueler Daniel Brosinski very clearly.

In a tough game, the choice of the football highlight was easy: Ruben Vargas used a deflected ball with an overhead kick to the Augsburg leadership. Karim Onisiwo equalized for Mainz shortly after being substituted on, but André Hahn steered the game back into Augsburg with two goals in the closing stages. Next weekend Mainz will play against Schalke, it will be the game last against penultimate.

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