A year after the Klinsmann debut, Borussia Dortmund returns to Berlin, at Hertha there is uncertainty. On the eighth game day of the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen needs an FC Bayern miracle, while Max Kruse is to be stopped.
Game of the week: Hertha BSC – Borussia Dortmund
A year ago, the Olympic Stadium looked very different. So not from the outside, little has happened in the west of Berlin. But inside, back then, as now, at the end of November, Borussia Dortmund made a guest appearance. The well-filled stadium is the most obvious difference, it was the afternoon when Jürgen Klinsmann made his debut as Hertha coach and as an amateur filmmaker waved his mobile phone through the brightly lit, wintry cold round. The hopes were high – for the exceptional coach Klinsmann, who, with the rest of the Windhorst millions, should lead Hertha to an unprecedented shine. Twelve months later, the facade is crumbling, and not that of the Olympic Stadium.
100 million euros should actually flow from investor Lars Windhorst to the BSC recently, but the club looked in vain for the transfer on the bank statement. Managing director Michael Preetz emphasized: “In the end it is a completely normal process. New payment terms have been agreed and communicated. And that’s all” and that Hertha continues to plan with the full amount, he did not mention the new date. Because of these ambiguities, there is speculation on the one hand that the donor is dissatisfied with the development of the club and on the other hand that Windhorst has not made great promises for the first time – in his vita, in addition to impressive successes, there is also a personal bankruptcy and a conviction for infidelity. which he could not keep afterwards.
Borussia Dortmund is also familiar with big promises – with (almost) bankruptcies too, given. The Revierklub is a popular destination for hopeful young professionals, and the latest in the “Future Stars” series will kick off on Saturday evening (8.30 p.m. / Dazn and in the ntv.de live ticker) just old enough to even be allowed to play in the Bundesliga: Youssoufa Moukoko. The German U-national player is 16 years old and has ten goals this season after three games in the U19 Bundesliga. Now he should be allowed to show what he can do in a duel with adults.
He can learn from Erling Haaland, whose quarantine puzzle was solved in favor of BVB after the positive corona test of one of his teammates in the Norwegian national team, so he can run up. Last year, Dortmund ducked to a 2-1 away win in the Olympic Stadium despite being outnumbered by 45 minutes without the powerful attacker, this time it could be a little clearer. After all, Hertha is still without a win at home after three attempts – 1: 3 against Frankfurt, 0: 2 against Stuttgart and 1: 1 against Wolfsburg – while Dortmund recently won 2: 0 in Bielefeld and 1: 0 in Hoffenheim.
What else is going on
Maybe Werder Bremen just shouldn’t be there. Because the away games at FC Bayern are a constant source of disillusionment for the green-whites. 1: 6, 0: 6, 0: 5, 0: 6, 2: 5, 1: 6 – and that alone since 2013. Nevertheless, or maybe because of that, SVW defender Marco Friedl, who in 2018 from Munich in moved north, aiming for ten points from the six games before Christmas. It would be surprising if the record champions started successfully, because Werder last left Munich in 2010 when the coach was still called Thomas Schaaf with one point in their luggage.
Borussia from Mönchengladbach – currently leaders in the Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid and Inter Milan – are meanwhile receiving FC Augsburg, who are tenth only two points short of 1. FC Union in fifth. In view of numerous corona cases, TSG Hoffenheim applied for the Baden-Württemberg duel against VfB Stuttgart to be postponed, but the DFL refused and so 1899 coach Sebastian Hoeneß has to be creative again to achieve the first league win since the furious 4th : 1 against Bayern on the second matchday.
Crisis king Schalke is hoping for the first ever success against VfL Wolfsburg and promoted Arminia Bielefeld will face Bayer Leverkusen, which has won the league four times in a row. The top game will take place on Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in Frankfurt, Eintracht challenges RB Leipzig. On Sunday, the winless taillight FSV Mainz 05 has to compete at SC Freiburg, who as 14th could also use a sense of achievement. 1. FC Köln then closes the match day with an attempt to prevent 1. FC Union Berlin with the outstanding Max Kruse (six goal participations in the last two games) from continuing their highs.
What happened yesterday?
Nothing in the Bundesliga, after the international game interruption, the German elite class and the 2nd Bundesliga do without the Friday evening. But there was a duel in the French Ligue 1 that was quite attractive for German fans. Niko Kovac and AS Monaco received Paris Saint-Germain with Thomas Tuchel. And after a furious race to catch up, the game ended with a nasty surprise for PSG. You can find our match report here!
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