Borussia Dortmund have started the season with a 4:1 victory over RB Leipzig but BVB’s management remain calm and try not to over-hype the start to prevent a similar collapse as last season under Peter Bosz.
Talking to kicker Sebastian Kehl has said “We will not let it (the 4:1 win) blind ourselves, it’s to early to send signals to our competition just yet”, he continued “We know that not everything was great, we still have a lot to work on”. About the game itself Kehl noted “We weren’t in the game at all in the first 20 minutes. We got overrun by Leipzig.” Thankfully BVB recovered and managed to turn things around, especially Dortmund’s set pieces seem to be a improved over last season.
Paco Alcacer has arrived in Dortmund on Monday evening and has completed his medical this morning. The announcement is imminent.
The question now will be what repercussions this will have on BVB’s squad going forward. With Philipp and Alcacer, Favre has two good options at striker which means Marco Reus can move back to his more natural winger position. However that means Pulisic, Wolf, Sancho and possibly Philipp (if Alcacer is the starting striker going forward) have to compete for the other winger position. Of course there will be a certain amount of rotation but it will still be a tough situation for them.
SBnation’s main site took a look at BVB’s opening match and tried to explain the physics of Mo Dahoud’s equalizer in Sunday’s game against RB Leipzig.
Daily Buzz: The draw for the group stage of the Champions League will be on Thursday August 30th after the playoff round has been finished and we know all the teams who will participate. Borussia Dortmund will be in pot 2.
As always there is a draw simulator so try it out and let’s hear what your result is. Mine was Atletico Madrid, BVB, CSKA Moscow and Inter Milan, yikes.