- Matchday 19 recap
Borussia Dortmund convincingly defeated Hannover 96 with a 5:1 scoreline to stay 6 points clear of Bayern Munich. The Bavarians won their game against VfB Stuttgart 4:1. Both matches were surprisingly similar, BVB and Bayern struggled to beat their opponents for about 60 minutes before the floodgates finally opened during the last stretch of both games.
Gladbach and RB Leipzig round out the top 4, both teams easily won their games against teams in the relegation zone. Eintracht Frankfurt meanwhile lost ground on the Champions League spots with a 2:2 draw in Bremen. Dortmund’s next opponent showed some weaknesses in defense but also the strength of their incredible front three with Jovic, Rebic and Haller.
Peter Bosz picked up his first three points with Bayer Leverkusen in Wolfsburg, both team sare still in the hunt for a Europa League spot. The former BVB coach could help Dortmund next weekend when Leverkusen host Bayern Munich.
Just the 37 goals this weekend ⚽ pic.twitter.com/FjmHDOsw5h— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 27, 2019
- Hannover sack Breitenreiter, hire Doll
Hannover 96 have sacked André Breitenreiter following their 1:5 defeat in Dortmund. Even before the game there were rumors about a possible coaching change in Hannover. Former BVB coach Thomas Doll will take over and is charged with leading Hannover out of the relegation zone. The club is currently in 17th place with just 11 points, 3 points behind Stuttgart in 16th and 4 behind Augsburg.
- Kehl admits it will be tough to keep Hakimi
Sebastian Kehl was a guest on the Check24 Doppelpass on Sport1 on Sunday, a German football talk show and he talked about BVB and the current season.
The most interesting statement he made was about Achraf Hakimi where he admitted that the club would want to keep him but Real Madrid are “following” his development:
“Unfortunately, we only loaned him for two years and it’s going to be difficult to sign him.”
He also admitted that Shinji Kagawa would like to leave Dortmund and his preferred destination would be a club in Spain. However there have been no offers so far.