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The Daily Bee (October 24th, 2018): BVB vs Atletico with or without Alcacer?

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  • Paco Alcacer questionable for Atletico clash

Borussia Dortmund might have to plan without Paco Alcacer in their duel with Atletico Madrid today. The Spaniard missed the last training session before the game which indicates he won’t be available for the game. Favre also remained coy when asked about Alcacer during the press conference saying “We don’t know. [...] We’ll see”.

Alcacer would be the third starter who misses the game with Marcel Schmelzer and Manuel Akanji also out. In addition Jeremy Toljan is not available which means Hakimi and Piszczek will most likely start again.

Meanwhile Atletico have some players returning to their team like Diego Costa and Stefan Savic who were both injured recently. This means the only starting player Atletico are missing is Jose Gimenez.

  • Champions League results

There weren’t any really surprising results on Tuesday. Real Madrid narrowly won against Plzen, Roma dismantled CSKA and Manchester United lost at home to Juventus who look like the best team in Europe right now.

The German teams did ok. Bayern won as expected against AEK but it wasn’t exactly a dominant performance. Hoffenheim’s game against Olympique Lyon was a lot more exciting. The game went back and forth but in the end Hoffenheim cost themselves three points with costly individual mistakes on defense.

  • Wolf is the new HSV-coach

Hamburg have yet again changed coaches. Christian Titz was sacked after a disappointing start to the season in the 2. Bundesliga. The club has now hired former BVB youth-coach Hannes Wolf to lead them back to the Bundesliga. He already did it with VfB Stuttgart and will look to replicate it with HSV.

Daily Buzz: If Alcacer misses the game how confident are you that Philipp can replace him adequately?