With Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table and qualified for the Knockout stages of the Champions League, it appears that the contract of manager Lucien Favre will be extended.
Der #BVB und Lucien #Favre, das ist eine Erfolgsgeschichte.— Ruhr Nachrichten BVB (@RNBVB) December 10, 2018
Der Vertrag des Schweizers läuft bis 2020, doch der Verein wünscht sich eine langfristige Zusammenarbeit. Gespräche dazu soll es bald geben (RN+): https://t.co/96QnRGoUmC (Fotos: @FotoKirchner / imago) pic.twitter.com/tirfu5eQMi
According to Ruhr Nachrichten, BVB will be looking to extend Favre’s contract before it runs out in 2020. With Favre at the helm, Dortmund has only lost once this season. 21 total matches, 11 Bundesliga wins, three Champions League wins, and only one loss total. That’s absolutely insane for a new manager with a team that underperformed mightily the previous season. Think of it like this: at this point last season, Dortmund were in a tailspin and had only earned three points from eight league matches after starting the year 6-1-0, and didn’t win a single Champions League match.
And it’s not like the team is only winning matches through blowouts. Several times this season we’ve seen the team fall behind only to battle back for a draw or a win. The matches against Leverkusen and Augsburg are prime examples of Favre making tactical adjustments based on the situations and, utilizing excellent substitutions, pulled back wins. Coupled with these excellent in-game adjustments has been a slew of singings that have all mostly panned out (Witsel, Diallo, and Paco being the highlights), plus an instilled sense of pride and fight that I didn’t see much of in the Bosz or Stöger days, that has Dortmund firing on all cylinders.
Favre joined the Black and Yellows in May 2018 from OCG Nice, where he managed Les Aiglons for two seasons and he led them to finishes of 3rd and 8th in Ligue 1 and a spot in the knockout stages of Europa League last season. Favre has also managed in the Bundesliga prior to Dortmund, coaching two seasons at Hertha Berlin and four with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
There’s no timetable for when Favre will get a new contract, but I don’t see either party in a rush to get this done. For now, let’s ride out the final four matches of the Hinründe before locking him down long-term.