The past week has been pretty great for BVB. A 1-0 defeat of the evil empire last Saturday and a 8-4 goalfest against Warsaw has fans in high spirits. Also the return of captain Marco Reus is a huge boost for a team that is rolling again. Believe it or not, we are equal on points with Eintracht Frankfurt at the moment. Frankfurt are perennially at the bottom of the table so being so high at this point of the season is quite remarkable for them.
For Dortmund everyone is available but Neven and Bender. However, Tuchel did say that 90 minutes would probably be too much for Marco as well. With a lot of players rested or given limited minutes on Tuesday, a best XI may be likely for Dortmund. After a bad game against Warsaw hopefully Bartra can find his footing again. With our back line being full strength and with no one being thrown into the game unexpectedly, it hopefully won’t be swiss cheese. As for the midfield I’d expect Julian Weigl and Mario Gotze to come back into the starting lineup with any two of our talented wingers with them. Of course Aubameyang will probably be up front ready to score whatever comes his way. The BVB predicted lineup doesn’t have Barta in maybe as a predicted punishment for his failure against Warsaw. The rest of the predicted lineup looks fine. As always take the BVB predicted lineup with a grain of salt.
Frankfurt are an interesting team so far this year. Alexander Meir is still playing for Frankfurt and playing quite well with 4 goals on the season. Stopping him won’t be Dortmund’s only problem as Marco Fabian has also been having himself a season with 3 goals and 4 assists so far. More impressive then their offensive pieces has been their defense which is tied for second best in the league. 19 year old Spaniard Jesus Vallejo has been fantastic so far with German Hector and Uruguayan David Abraham helping make a multi national wall of a back line. It may seem funny to think of Frankfurt as a tough opponent but this year they really are the real deal. With a defense that is solid and attacker that can slip by, Tuchel will have to carefully lay the game plan.
In his press confrere today Tuchel stressed the importance of starting aggressively. This was our mistake vs Warsaw and our advantage against Bayern, so it’s only naturally we try to do what’s right. Hopefully we don’t struggle against a team that gave us some trouble last year as well around this time. With us being 6 points behind the league leaders, every match will count from now on.