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The Daily Bee (January 14th, 2019): BVB 4:2 Feyenoord - first win of the year...

...and the first loss - 0:2 to Mainz

Borussia Dortmund v Feyenoord Rotterdam - Friendly Match Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund will very likely need a new right back this summer and rumors say that Lukas Klostermann was a hot candidate for the position. However, it looks like the right-back from RB Leipzig is not on BVB’s radar, at least if you can believe the kicker. The outlet claims Dortmund are currently not interested in the 23-year-old and are looking at other options.

BVB does not seem to have given up hope that they can still hold on to Achraf Hakimi in the summer. According to kicker a move to Bayern Munich is out of the question for the fullback but there’s still a chance that he’ll continue to wear black and yellow. Hakimi himself told Ruhr Nachrichten how happy he is in Dortmund right now:

“My heart is divided between Madrid and Dortmund. What I can say is that I’m happy to be at Dortmund. I feel very well.”

  • BVB friendlies

Dortmund played two friendlies on Saturday with mixed results.

BVB won their first match 4:2 against Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam. Lucien Favre lined up a team that had most of the starters in it and it looked like it. The team played well overall, especially Raphel Guerreiro who was the MOTM with a brace. Youngsters Gio Reyna and Chris Führich scored the other two goals.

Line-up for the game against Feyenoord:

Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Balerdi – Hakimi, Dahoud, Witsel, Guerreiro – Sancho (78. Boyamba), Reus (46. Führich), Reyna (70. Pherai)

The second match can only be described as disappointing, a 0:2 loss to Mainz. The team never really had much control over the game and was shaky on defense. Especially worrying is the continuing trend of individual mistakes that lead to chances for the opponent. Manuel Akanji once again did not look good. The only positive from this game might have been Erling Haaland’s debut for the black and yellows, however the new striker

Line-up for the game against Mainz:

Hitz (C) – Morey, Akanji, Zagadou, Schulz – Götze, Raschl (72. Pherai), Brandt – Hazard (63. Führich), Alcácer (79. Boyamba), Bruun Larsen (46. Haaland)

It should be noted that the first friendly was played in the 3-4-3 system while Favre let the second game be played in his preferred 4-3-3. It was interesting to see that BVB played better and looked way more comfortable in the 3-4-3, although it is be hard to compare both games considering that both games were played with different players. However, it might be a good idea to keep the 3-man backline going for now.