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The Daily Bee: Marco Rose’s First Day, and Marcel Halstenberg Update

The BVB head coach had his first day on the job and gave his first official press conference.

Borussia Dortmund Unveils New Head Coach Marco Rose Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Good morning, everyone. Happy Friday.

Marco Rose Arrives in Dortmund

BVB’s new head coach, Marco Rose, officially joined the club yesterday. He held a press conference where he stressed the need for Dortmund to be tactically flexible:

Back three, back four, a diamond is always an exciting system, two strikers, a very strong midfield, lots of lines, good for pressing, good for switching, good at positional play, because you can do a lot with this particular system.

The idea of a formation with two strikers suggests that BVB’s interest in Donyell Malen could be driven by his tactical possibilities. He’s a much more direct forward than Sancho, the player he’d replace, which means he could form a deadly pairing with Erling Haaland.

RN: Borussia Dortmund *NOT* interested in Marcel Halstenberg

A few days ago, BILD reported a rumor that RB Leipzig’s utility defender Marcel Halstenberg was a potential target for Borussia Dortmund. However, the more reliable Ruhr Nachrichten reported yesterday that there is no truth to these rumors, and that BVB are not interested in Halstenberg.

Manuel Akanji vs Spain

Our Swiss king plays Spain, who have had a very strong EURO 2020 thus far, today at 12 pm EST. Be sure to head over to our EURO 2020 open thread to check it out!

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