DFB Cup winner Borussia Dortmund still has to do without Torjäger Erling Haaland on Sunday against Borussia Mönchengladbach, but also on defender Manuel Akanji. “Erling is not an issue for the game against Gladbach, Marius Wolf could become an option,” said coach Marco Rose on Saturday at the press conference.
In addition, the coach announced that Akanji will be about three weeks with a muscle fiber rupture in the calf. He injured himself on Friday in training. Thomas Meunier is not again in team training and also no alternative.
Thus, Rose must further improvise on the right defender position. Akanji started against the Rangers, in the course of the second half even left foot Raphael Guerreiro took this unfamiliar role.
To the failure of Haaland Rose said, “others have to jump into the breach.” Donyell Painting will continue to the Bundesliga: “He felt the last two games felt back to two steps again. If he is not there, others have to pull on the chains, prepare goals. The output so far is already disappointing, you have to be disappointing say.”
Haaland failure: “Makes something with every team”
However, a player of the caliber Haaland is missing weeks, “does something with every team. We still want to initiate things, develop and have the right to be an absolute top team.” Dominant theme is otherwise “to defend better. I stuck in the Wespennest. I stay uncomfortable, we work out things.”
Against Gladbach for Dortmund “again an important game” on, “we have to occur differently than against the Glasgow Rangers. The opponent has refueled self-confidence in the last two games,” Rose expressed himself from the duel against his ex-club. On Thursday, the black-yellow at home had suffered a 2-4 broke against the Scottish record champion Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League. One wanted to now show a “reaction”.
Defender Mats Hummel had made “nonsensical football” against the BVB against the Rangers. Rose referred to it and spoke on Saturday of football at the “Play Station, which does not work in real football”. In addition, the coach of his troupe wants to put more constancy and cohesion on the way despite a few failures.
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The opponent becomes a tough adversary, because the “phase of uncertainty” is over in Gladbach: “They worked out. They have a lot of power, a lot of force, defend diligent and have good counterpressing.” They are ready to invest. “