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The Daily Bee (November 1st, 2018): Bundesliga teams struggling against lower tier sides

When will Diallo be back?

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

Yesterday we saw some rather shocking results but in the end the only real upset was 2.Bundesliga side Holstein Kiel defeating SC Freiburg 2:1. Bayer Leverkusen’s 5:0 in Gladbach was also a bit unexpected considering the previous performances of bot teams.

All three of BVB, Schalke and Nürnberg had to rely on extra time or penalty shootouts to get past lower tier sides but all three still managed to get to the next round.

The draw for the next round will be on Sunday.

  • Diallo’s injury

Abdou Diallo had to be subbed of in the 14th minute with a groin injury which is the absolute worst case scenario for the black ans yellows. Piszczek, Schmelzer and Akanji were already missing the game due to injury and Toprak just returned from his own. If Diallo misses a substantial amount of time Favre will have to get very creative with his backline.

The good thing is that Piszczek and Akanji are expected to be back soon but Zagadou and Hakimi probably need a break at some point which they likely won’t get now. This doesn’t bode well for next weeks matches versus Atletico and Bayern Munich.

  • BVB chasing ManCity duo

Various reports in the past few days suggest Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the next from Manchster City.

Winger Brahim Diaz hasn’t gotten much playing time with City and might look for a new team when his deal expires next summer (Metro). The Spaniard could follow in Sancho’s footsteps and join him in Dortmund.

In addition Phil Foden has been linked to Dortmund for the exact same reason, not enough playing time which BVB could offer (Mail Online). Foden’s situation is a bit different though because his deal with the Premier League side runs one year longer.

It’s easy to see where those rumors are coming from with Sancho’s tremendous success, but both of them would be great pick-ups for BVB especially if they can get both of them virtually for free.

Daily Buzz: Who do you want in the next round of the DFB Cup?

Teams still in the Competition: BVB, Bayern Munich, Schalke o4, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Nürnberg, Paderborn, Düsseldorf, Wolfsburg, Hertha BSC Berlin, HSV, Heidenhem, Augsburg, Werder Bremen, Holstein Kiel, Duisburg.