The end of the Bundesliga season is almost upon us! It’s been a long and (to some) disappointing season, and there are lots of narratives flying around concerning Tuchel, Aubameyang, and others. Tomorrow will be the last competitive Bundesliga match until next fall, other than the DFB-Pokal final next week.
It will be far from a meaningless match, because Dortmund and Hoffenheim are tied at 61 points each for 3rd place, with Dortmund ahead on goal difference. Here’s the lowdown: if Dortmund win, they secure third, barring a beatdown of astronomical proportions by Hoffenheim against Augsburg.
To secure a win, Dortmund will have to beat the surprisingly-good Werder Bremen. Many (including myself) expected them to fight for relegation this season, but instead they have settled into 8th in the Bundesliga and might snag a Europa League spot if everything falls right.
Even though Bartra has returned to training, he will still start on the bench tomorrow. Tuchel probably wants to rest him so that he is 100% fit for the DFB Final. Sahin will take the place of the injured Julian Weigl in holding midfield, his first match in a while since his injury.
There is a bit of good news, in that it looks as if Serge Gnabry will not be available. The young winger and BVB transfer target has had a breakout year. Max Kruse, a veteran of Die Mannschaft, has had a stellar year, with 14 goals and 6 assists in 22 matches.
Dortmund could really use a 3rd place finish because the Champions League playoffs can be a pain, and it would be nice to finish above Hoffenheim. It would also be nice to have some confidence going into the DFB Final.
3-2 for the Bees