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The Daily Bee (October 3rd, 2018): Matchday!

BVB vs Monaco and scouting the next talents

Club Brugge v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Group A Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
  • Champions League results

The first games of matchday 2 have been played and we saw some huge surprises. Real Madrid, the reigning champs, have shockingly lost in Moscow to CSKA. The Spanish giants have now gone three consecutive games without scoring.

Manchester United was also once again putrid in their draw with Valencia, Mourinho’s time as coach of the club seems to come to an end with continuing bad performances and apparent issues between him and his players.

The German teams didn’t fare well last night. Hoffenheim put up a fight against Manchester City and even got the lead but Pep Guardiola’s team turned it around to win in Hoffenheim. Bayern Munich drew against a talented young Ajax team at home and have now a streak of three games without a win. The pressure will increase on Niko Kovac who will already be under a lot of scrutiny if Bayern fail to win against Gladbach on Saturday.

  • Kagawa and Schmelzer not available for Monaco

Shinji Kagawa and Marcel Schmelzer will not be available for Dortmund’s game against AS Monaco today. Favre confirmed during yesterday’s press conference that Kagawa is injured but he did not specify what kind of injury the Japanese international suffered or how long he’ll be out.

Marcel Schmelzer already missed the 4-2 comeback win against Bayer Leverkusen and he might also have to sit out against AS Monaco. The former captain had to sit out the last training session before the game which indicates that he won’t play. Favre now has three possibilities, either play Hakimi on the left if Piszczek is ready to play at right back, Guerreiro could start or Diallo could play at left back which would mean Zagadou stays at centerback.

  • BVB scouting next young talents

Borussia Dortmund have had enormous success with scouting and developing young players, Sancho, Pulisic, Bruun Larsen and Zagadou are just some examples. Now the club is looking for their next stars and is scouting Aleks Matsukatov and Jake Clarke-Salter.

Matsukatov is a 19-year-old central midfielder who is currently playing for FK Krasnodar 2. He is already considered as one of Russia’s biggest talents and can play both the “8” and “10” positions. (

According to HITC Borussia Dortmund are also eyeing a move for 21-year-old English centerback Jake Clarke-Salter. BVB are one of many clubs that are keeping an eye on the young centerback who is currently playing for Vitesse Arnheim on loan from Chelsea.

Daily Buzz: What should Favre do at left back and what is your prediction?