- Personnel situation for the derby
Arguably the most important game of the season awaits for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and for once the personnel situation couldn’t be better. Every single BVB-player is healthy, even Dan-Axel Zagadou who was questionable at the beginning of the week, was able to practice with the team yesterday. The French centerback will probably not start but he could be an option of the bench.
The only player who missed practice was Jadon Sancho because of a bereavement in his family, however the winger is expected to be able to start in the Revierderby.
BVB’s rivals from Gelsenkirchen don’t have the same luxury as BVB, in fact their situation at centre forward is pretty dire, di Santo, Embolo, Teuchert and Uth will all likely miss the game. This means Burgstaller is a shoe in to be the starting striker against Dortmund.
Julian Weigl has not played a lot since the arrivals of Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney. The young German broke into the starting eleven under Thomas Tuchel and was a mainstay with Peter Bosz and Peter Stöger as well, but now he has a harder time getting minutes. This leaves some room for speculation and Bild are the first to claim the defensive midfielder might look for a new club in January. According to the report Weigl could be loaned to AS Roma for 1,5 seasons where he could get some playing time he desperately needs for his development.
Borussia Dortmund probably won’t give up on a talent like Weigl but it’s true that he needs playing time and a loan could be the best move going forward. Roma could be a good club for him to develop before returning to Dortmund to replace Witsel in midfield in a couple years.
Ahead of the derby Mario Götze has spoken out about the game, what it means to BVB and why Dortmund have things to “put right”:
It is a very special game regardless of the current situation or the position in the table of either team. It’s a big game regardless of all outside influences. It is especially important away from home because we did not put on a good performance last time and so we have a few things to put right
He was also asked about the defensive tactics opponents have deployed in recent games against BVB:
If you take a look at the last two games, then they were set up very defensively and they tried to defend with almost everybody on the edge of the box. It’s difficult to assess in those kinds of situations, but when you are considering how they are set up, it’s very dependent on the opposition, on the coach, and whether you are playing home or away. It’s difficult to generalise, but you do notice that they have got more defensive over time.
Daily Buzz: It’s derby-time in the Bundesliga! This game has provided some of the most memorable moments in Bundesliga history like BVB denying Schalke a chance at the title in 2007 or in 2010 when Shinji Kagawa became a fan-favorite forever. What was your favorite Revierderby ever?