Travelling next Saturday to Leipzig is on Borussia Dortmund’s agenda. Although the team is on the best form possible this season, Match-day 18 is going to be a tough one. With home Team RB Leipzig’s attacking power, the Bundesliga leaders will not skip details preparing for the game. These are the 4 questions facing Borussia Dortmund before Leipzig:
1. Who is going to play in the Central Defensive Positions?
With Manuel Akanji on the injury list and a doubtful Dan Axel Zagadou, Lucien Favre is facing a challenge at the back four. The only two available trained defenders are Abdou Diallo and Omer Toprak. However, the two players never played alongside each other. On the other hand, Julian Weigl’s performance in the game against Mönchengladbach might earn him a spot in Dortmund’s back four.
2. Experience or Exciting Youth in the Left?
Marcel Schmelzer made his way back to Bundesliga action with great fitness, while Achraf Hakimi is proving to be one of the best young full back in Europe. Will Lucien Favre pick experience or youthfulness on that left back position?
3. Is Marco Reus Fit Enough to Start?
One of the most influential captains in the history of Borussia Dortmund. Despite his past multiple injury spells, Marco Reus has always managed to recover and regain consistency. In addition, the German international has a major role in the Black and Yellows success this season. However, Reus picked up a stomach problem in Marbella that cost him a missing most of the training and a loss of weight according to Kicker. Borussia Dortmund fans sure hope to see number 11 on the pitch on Saturday.
4. Can Paco Alcacer Participate in Leipzig?
The Spanish Sharpshooter’s stay at Dortmund is a major success. Paco Alcacer is the most consistent striker in the Bundesliga so far. However, the Spaniard didn’t fully participate in training sessions in Spain. Therefore, Lucien Favre might be more cautious about the use of his talents during the second half of the season.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.