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The Daily Bee (July 30th, 2019): BVB defeat FC Zürich 6-0 and will play FC St. Gallen later today

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The first match of the day is already played

Borussia Dortmund Bad Ragaz Training Camp Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
  • Double Matchday!

Borussia Dortmund will take on FC St. Gallen in the last friendly before the season officially starts with the Supercup against Bayern Munich on Saturday. The game against the Swiss team will be played at 19.00h CEST and will be available on BVB-TV, Youtube and Facebook as well as DAZN in Germany.

However this was not the only game for BVB today. The black and yellows already played a friendly this morning against FC Zürich and won convincingly with 6-0. Sancho scored a hattrick, Alcacer a brace and Delaney added one goal. Dortmund played the game with the following line-up:

Hitz - Piszczek, Akanji, Balerdi (67. Zagadou), Schmelzer – Delaney, Dahoud – Guerreiro, Raschl (79. Pherai), Sancho – Alcácer

Those players likely won’t be playing later today against St. Gallen.

Two of BVB’s biggest transfers this summer have picked up minor knocks and will be out for a few days. Thorgan Hazard twisted his ankle in the opening minutes against Udinese Calcio and Julian Brandt has problems with his adductor muscle since the friendly. Both will train individually for a few days and will miss the game against St. Gallen but could possibly be ready to face Bayern.

Just yesterday Maximilian Philipp was being linked to Dynamo Moscow but Philipp’s agent has denied those rumors saying that it was “the first time I’ve heard of it”. Nevertheless a move is still likely with several clubs interested in the 25-year-old:

“Many clubs are interested in Maximilian, but as of right now he’s under contract with Borussia Dortmund. There is interest from Germany, Spain and England. There will be a decision very soon, negotiations are being conducted.”

Gio Reyna’s move to Borussia Dortmund has just been made official this summer but the 16-year-old has already made an impression during his time with the first team. The comparisons to Christian Pulisic will inevitably come but he still has a long way to go until he can actually compete at the senior level.

Hans-Joachim Watzke thinks Reyna can be just as successful as Pulisic was:

“There are a lot of well-known American players nowadays. Christian is the captain of the national team, but we have a very interesting young player, Giovanni Reyna. He’s a big, big talent. I think he will do a lot for American soccer in the next 5 or 10 years.”

Youth coordinator Lars Ricken thinks Reyna has immense potential and what BVB’s plan with youth signings is:

“Giovanni is one of the world’s best midfield talents in his age group. He has exceptional technique and is a real team player. You don’t just make signings to win the junior Bundesliga title, though. The club has a responsibility to the player and his family when you take them out of their social environment at such a young age. We only consider bringing in youngsters from abroad when we’re 100 per cent sure that the player has the potential to play for the first team.”