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The Daily Bee (December 10th, 218): Matchday recap and Favre to rotate against Monaco

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6 starters stay at home

Borussia Dortmund Training and Press Conference Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images
  • Matchday 14

Borussia Dortmund have won the Revierderby and have extended their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga.

Behind BVB, Gladbach won their game in decisive fashion to stay in second place, 7 points behind Dortmund. Bayern Munich move into third place and seem to have found some consistency, although a win against Nürnberg should be expected of the Bavarians. They will have to face tougher opponents in the coming weeks when they have to play Frankfurt and Leipzig to close out the Hinrunde.

Speaking of those two teams, they did not have a successful matchday, RB Leipzig got routed by Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt fell to Berlin.

  • BVB fans welcome team back home

The Revierderby is the most important game of the season for BVB fans and the reception the team got when they arrived back in Dortmund proved it.

  • Dortmund to rotate vs Monaco

On Tuesday Borussia Dortmund will play the last match of the Champions League group stage against AS Monaco. The black and yellows could still top their group but they not only need to win their own game but they also need Brugge to get a result against Atletico.

Lucien Favre will seemingly use this match to rotate and give some players a well deserved rest, Reus, Piszczek, Delaney, Sancho, Bruun Larsen and Witsel all did not make the trip to Monaco. Surprisingly Shinji Kagawa also stayed at home which is not a good sign for the fan favorite, even with a heavily rotated squad Kagawa can’t even make the squad. A transfer in January looks increasingly likely.

Borussia Dortmund have been said to be interested in Pedrinho for a few weeks now with some reports going so far as to say that both parties had agreed to a a deal, however Michael Zorc had already denied this. Now Pedrinho himself has spoken about his future and confirmed that he will stay with Corinthians for now:

“Yes (I will stay), my head is always with Corinthians, there are no proposals, only soundings, so I want to stay here, write my story”

Daily Buzz: With a lot of the starters staying at home how should Dortmund’s line-up against Monaco look like? Something like this is possible: Bürki - Hakimi, Zagadou, Toprak, Schmelzer - Weigl, Dahoud - Pulisic, Philipp, Wolf - Götze