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The Daily Bee (May 16th, 2019): Bürki questionable for Gladbach game

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Will the starting goalkeeper be ready?

Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
  • Bürki questionable for Gladbach game

Lucien Favre might have to plan without Roman Bürki for the final match of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach. BVB’s starting goalkeeper had to abandon today’s training session supposedly because of his continued thigh problems. That could mean that Marwin Hitz will once again start for Dortmund on Saturday.

In addition Abdou Diallo could not participate in team practice at all which could mean that he will not be available for the last match of the season. If the Frenchman can’t play Favre will have to start either Toprak, Zagadou or Balerdi next to Akanji.

During the press conference Favre revealed that Bürki might be able to play but the final decision would be made on Friday. However the coach was not very optimistic when it came to Diallo, the centerback will likely be out.

  • BVB U19 draw Schalke in 1st semifinal leg

Borussia Dortmund’s U19 team drew Schalke in the first leg of the German championship semifinals. BVB got the lead twice through Raschl and Ayindel but conceded the equalizer twice, the last one was especially disappointing because Dortmund gave away the win in the 94th minute. It’s still a good result which should help Dortmund advance in the second leg at home.

The DFL announced their intention to reject the current plans to reform the Champions League which would give the top European teams even more power.

DFL president Christian Seifert clearly dismissed the plans:

“The concept of ECA currently being discussed would not have acceptable consequences for Europe’s national leagues and should therefore not be implemented in this form: we must not allow traditional national leagues to be damaged in their appeal to millions of people across the continent” [...] “The game plan is not our core problem, but the performance in the national leagues would be downright irrelevant then.”

He also made clear that Germany’s two biggest clubs are on their side:

“Bayern and Dortmund are clearly against the reform concept.”

It’s a good sign that one of the biggest leagues in Europe is taking a stance against the current plans that would devalue national leagues in severe fashions.