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Dortmund Match Preview: Favre’s last stand

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The Swiss manager need a big result if Berlin if he wants to keep his job

Press conference Borussia Dortmund with coach Lucien Favre Photo by Guido Kirchner/picture alliance via Getty Images

After a embarrassing few weeks, things have come to a head for BVB. In our general meeting last weekend Watzke said Favre had two games to right the ship. Well his first game was an embarrassing 3-1 loss to Barcelona. Now comes Hertha Berlin who are sure to be on a new manager boost after hiring Jurgen Klinsmann. Favre has the whole squad available but Thomas Delaney and Paco Alcacer.

For lineup, hopefully Favre employs some actual wingers this time. A backline of Hummels Akanji with Raph-Hakmi full backs is probably our best bet. Piz is too rusty and Nico Schulz had a screamer of a match over the week. In the midfield we are met with rough choices. Witsel obviously should start but Weigl is not a good option there any longer. Mo Dahoud should be given the chance, especially cause this is to save his 2x managers’ job. In front of them Hazard-Reus/Brandt-Sacho with Gotze up top is the best move. Reus has been so shaky recently so giving Brandt the start ahead of him may be for the best. Showing trust in Sancho is something Favre must do if he is to save his job.

Hertha have had a rough season. They currently have lost 4 of their last 5 games and only have 11 points this season, sitting right in the relegation playoff spot. They fired their manager Ante Covic and put former German MNT and USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann in charge. Hertha haven't been the most dangerous side but since our squad just let 3 goals in from Paderborn that doesn’t mean much. Salomon Kalou and Ibisevic are still very good players despite Hertha’s struggles are should be our biggest worries. Also we can’t discount the chance of a Marius Wolf revenge game.

Overall I feel many BVB fans may be rooting for a bad result against Hertha. A loss or tie probably guarantee Favre’s exit and its clearly time to put this time behind us. While Favre was stellar when he first came to Dortmund, the year 2019 has been rough for him. I’m not even entirely sure he’s a bad manager, it seems that he lost the plot then the team gave up on him.

What do you think the best lineup for the game is?