Manuel Veth is a great follow on Twitter and broke down Sport Bild’s latest report on Borussia Dortmund that indicates things might not be so great behind closed doors. The mood at BVB might not be great as the front office, coach, and players all seem to be at odds. Perhaps, Borussia Dortmund needs a more defined leadership council of its own. Anyway, here is the break down of what is going on:
- Lucien Favre didn’t want Mats Hummels:
Lucien Favre did not back the signing of Mats Hummels. The #BVB head coach was not convinced that Hummels fits Dortmund's high defensive line, a system that would have better fitted Abdou Diallo, who has been sold to #PSG (Sport Bild).— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) September 10, 2019
Okay, so maybe that’s not something that will destroy a team, but the front office and coach not being in alignment is at least a little concerning (just like every time Niko Kovac wants a player and Hasan Salihamidzic/Karl-Heinz Rummenigge/Uli Hoeness tell him to get lost).
- Favre also doesn’t like former Hoffenheim man and Germany international Nico Schulz:
Hummels was signed because of Watzke. The #BVB CEO wanted to bring in a player with a winning mentality. Not the only controversy either. Favre is also not a fan of national team player Nico Schulz according to Sport Bild.— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) September 10, 2019
Okay, so this should raise the levels of concern a bit more. Forcing one player the coach doesn’t want on him might be doable, but adding another (Schulz) might start to create an issue.
- A disgruntled roster? BVB players aren’t happy with the rotation:
Sport Bild are also reporting that internally the players are unhappy that Favre does not rotate enough. Burki, Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Witsel, Sancho, Reus and Alcacer always start, which hurts the intensity in #BVB's training sessions.— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) September 10, 2019
Ah, the age old question of how much depth is too much depth? If the eight players listed above (Roman Burki, Łukasz Piszczek, Manuel Akanji, Hummels, Axel Witsel, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, and Paco Alcacer) are consistently in the lineup, that leaves only three open spots for weekly competition (MATH NERD!) and some very quality players consistently sitting on the bench.
Schulz, Julian Brandt, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Achraf Hakimi, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thomas Delaney, Mario Götze, Thorgan Hazard (currently injured), Raphael Guerreiro, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Julian Weigl all scrapping for minimal playing time.
Frankly, there is NO way to keep all of those players happy. Brandt has already spoken out about wanting more playing for Germany this week, so it would not be shocking if he is getting frustrated at a reserve role with Dortmund.
We have had this debate internally at BFW ad nauseam. I am on team “Balanced roster with a mix of young and old with defined roles for all players”, while others are more of the “GIVE US ALL THE TALENT” ilk.
I get that mentality, but I always think there is a fallout with making too many players unhappy.
- Finally, Favre’s tactics and demeanor are being questioned by the roster:
Finally, according to Sport Bild Favre is being criticised by players for his tactical setup but also for not being emotional enough. His mantra that the team needs to work rather than talk is not seen as beneficial in the title challenge against #Bayern.— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) September 10, 2019
So yeah, things are going swimmingly so far in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Mario Götze had a very good 2018-2019 season, but is mired on Lucien Favre’s bench. I think it is safe to assume that Götze probably wants to be at a place where he can be a regular:
According to Die Welt, Inter Milan management are planning a winter move on German attacking midfielder Mario Götze (27), as long as former Bayern Munich player doesn’t get his deal with Borussia Dortmund extended beyond current June 2020 deadline. World Cup 2014 final game match-winner has just started his seventh BVB season overall.
Robert Lewandowski pulled off a rare double nutmeg for Poland:
Robert Lewandowski with the double nutmeg.pic.twitter.com/5TtT1dk3nM— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) September 11, 2019
According to Sky Sports UK, Real Madrid management, still hoping in a new opening on Paul Pogba, are also planning a winter move on Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen (27). Tottenham star, who might leave indeed, unless extending, is also tracked by Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, and PSG.
Niklas Süle shows off the skills he once used as a striker during his youth days:
I’m not going to say this is another exhibit that Joachim Löw has lost touch with this team, but I’ll leave it here if we ever need it:
Jogi Löw on Havertz: "Trust in a player doesn't always have to do with the lineup. Kai has amazing qualites, but Gnabry or others also took a while to get in the team. We also need a strong bench.— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 10, 2019
Kai will make his way & we will help him. But it does not always happen overnight" pic.twitter.com/wnoUwn10gZ
Despite the months of speculation surrounding a move to Real Madrid, Manchester United is still hoping to extend the contract of Paul Pogba:
While former Juventus star is reportedly still hoping for an offer from Real Madrid, Manchester United management, according to latest UK news, are aiming to sign French international midfielder Paul Pogba (26) on a deal extension. Everyone’s most wanted might however even push towards a winter handout, if things don’t turn out great for Red Devils.
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