BVB goes to Eindhoven with” huge respect “

bvb goes to eindhoven with huge respect

Status: 19.02.2024 19: 41

In the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund lags behind their own expectations. In the Champions League, on the other hand. However, PSV Eindhoven’s eighth-Final Draw is only an easy task at first glance.

By Lukas Thiele

Whether Niclas Füllkrug likes to play Tennis is not recorded. On tennis balls, the striker of Borussia Dortmund not speaking well at the moment. Among other things, Füllkrug blamed the Yellow felt balls for the BVB’s slow performance in the 1:1 at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday: “it is extremely difficult to get such Top performances, or to develop a dynamic or dominance when the game is interrupted every ten minutes,” said Füllkrug after the game to the WDR.

Several times the game in Wolfsburg was interrupted because tennis balls and other objects flew from the respective fan blocks onto the field in Protest against the investor plans of the German Football League. “You have to be honest, that was also a disadvantage for us,” said Füllkrug.

Kehl calls performance “partly arrogant”

After the good results of the past weeks (14 points from five games), the 1-1 in a struggling and wavering VfL Wolfsburg was clearly too little for the demands of the BVB, which is far from a desired Championship and as fourth in the table now only has a one-point advantage over pursuers RB Leipzig. Sporting director Sebastian Kehl, meanwhile, not only blamed the tennis balls for Dortmund’s weak performance and called the appearance “partly arrogant”. Especially over the wings, there was hardly any Impulse at BVB. Donyell Malen, who had to sit out with knee problems, was sorely missed.

But it is quite possible that Malen will be back in the Dortmund lineup on Tuesday. Then BVB will compete in the round of 16 of the Champions League for the first leg at PSV Eindhoven (21h). “We are optimistic,” Terzic said in Monday’s press conference. For painting it would be a special game. Finally, in 2021, the Dutchman moved from Eindhoven to Dortmund.

BVB exceed expectations in Champions League

In contrast to the Bundesliga, BVB has played above expectations in the Champions League so far. The “Death Group F” with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Newcastle United even ended the BVB as first in the group with only one defeat. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel is therefore certain that BVB will show a different face in the Netherlands than last time in Wolfsburg: “tomorrow is the Champions League. This is always special, we are looking forward to this Challenge and are very motivated,” he said on Monday.

With PSV Eindhoven, however, the BVB has now only supposedly got an easy opponent for the round of 16. “We have great respect for the opponent. PSV is doing exceptionally well this season, ” Terzic said. A look at the Dutch Eredivisie illustrates this: there is Eindhoven, coached by ex-BVB coach Peter Bosz, unbeaten leader of the table with ten points ahead of Feyenoord Rotterdam and a goal ratio of 70:10 after 22 games.

Ex-Gladbacher is Eindhoven’s Top scorer

“They are very dangerous, they score few goals. To have all this, you need not only good ideas, but also good players,” said Terzic. Dortmund must pay particular attention to a former Bundesliga player: with 19 goals this season, Ex-Gladbach Luuk de Jong is PSV’s Top scorer. “De Jong is their target player in the Center. The outside players are very dribbling, they play with the right foot over the left and vice versa,” Terzic described the offensive strengths of the opponent.

The 41-year – old has identified weaknesses in the Dutch Defense-although PSV has only conceded ten goals in the league. In the Champions League, however, there were just as many in six matches. “We have to use that,” Terzic said.

Of course, scoring goals is the main task of Niclas Füllkrug. In the Bundesliga, the striker is currently well underway and has scored six times in the past five matches. In the Champions League, on the other hand, a filling Jug only stands on a hit. In Eindhoven, he now has the chance to improve this balance. Tennis balls should at least not get in the way of him and the BVB this time.

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