To follow the embarrassment against Leverkusen last week, Favre rolled out a 343 with Lucasz Piszczek instead of Manuel Akanji and Thorgan Hazard replacing Julian Brandt.
Our Starting XI against Frankfurt— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 14, 2020
Łukasz Piszczek leads us as Captain ©️ pic.twitter.com/oDE331m8pe
Dortmund started strong as strong midfield and defensive efforts led to consistent counterattacks by Jadon Sancho, Hakimi and Erling Håland. A Frankfurt foul outside the box led to BVB’s first chance of the match as Guerrero struck the outside of the post. Frankfurt’s 442 and consistent pressing eventually toned down the BVB attack for some period of time. Quick Hakimi counters and buildup play through Zagadou dribbles, Emre Can outlet passes, and Guerrero crosses led to some great opportunities, but the finishing lacked. Finally, Emre Can found Guerrero on the left, who crossed the ball into the box. Some futile headers led to Hakimi passing from a poor angle on the right to Piszczek, who slotted the ball past Trapp in the 33rd minute. The half finished eventfully, as Hakimi ran past two Frankfurt defenders to half-volley the ball over the net, which would have been a fine goal for the new dad.
After the break, a Hummels transition pass to Witsel, led to Sancho in acres of space (the entire quadrant of the field was empty bar Sancho), who fired a rocket past Trapp to put BVB in the drivers seat for the rest of the half. Quickly after, Guerrero crossed the midfield horizontally and found Hakimi on the wing. After a quick
one-two combination with Sancho, Hakimi found Håland’s feet in front of goal who slotted home the 3:0 lead.
10 minutes later, Emre Can was subbed off for Dahoud, as he picked up a knock in the first half and continued to limp around. He still offered a massive performance with 9(!) tackles and interceptions.
Another 10 minutes passed, and a Hummels long ball to Hakimi lead to a cross which found Guerrero after a botched clearance. The Portuguese international rocketed home the shot into the bottom right corner for the 4:0 lead.
BVB proceeded to coast out the rest of the match as Gio Reyna and Götze were subbed on for Sancho and Håland, respectively.