BVB travels to Trier to take on Eintracht Trier in the DFB Pokal on Monday. Trier currently play in the Regionalliga Sudwest where they finished 5th last year.
Expect Tuchel to experiment with the lineup a bit as Trier should not offer much of a challenge even to our bench players. Unfortunately Gotze picked up a knock and will not be in the team. Sahin, Merino and Park are all not apart of the squad as well. I’d expect to see bench guys like Guerriero and Pulisic get good playing time this game. We may even see players playing in unusual posistions in classic Tuchel fashion. Anyone who doesn't play in this match will probably be in the squad for our friendly against Chemnitzer FC on Tuesday.
We should also get a better look at Andre Schurrle this game. With the Gotze injury there will definitely be room for him to play in the starting XI. It’ll be interesting to see how he meshes with the rest of the team in an higher pressure situation. I look forward to him and Aubameyang linking up more then a few times this season.
Sebastian Rode will be another player to keep your eye on this game. After being the best player in black and yellow on the pitch vs Bayern, Rode looks like he can be an important piece for BVB this year. Hopefully we will get to see him play alongside Weigl in a 4-2-3-1. It may work out and make our distribution game all the better, or it may logjam the midfield. Hopefully we can figure out these things against weaker competition.
After our disappointing loss to Bayern in the Supercup, it’ll be good for the team to grab a win to start our Pokal campaign. After losing the Pokal final to Bayern last year, we have a lot to prove to get back to the final again this season. Also facing competition in a game that isn't a friendly will prepare us more for our match against Mainz this upcoming Saturday.
Lets go BVB!!!