Borussia Dortmund showed difficulty at managing their game against Hoffenheim last Saturday. One of the match’s highlights is defender Abdou Diallo picking up a red card in the second half. With the upcoming home game against 1. FC Nürnberg, how is Lucien Favre going to replace the key defender. Abdou Diallo red card might cause a few issues to the defensive stability on Wednesday.
Who is replacing Abdou Diallo in the central role?
The defender has been one of the best players this season for Dortmund. His ability to cover the penalty area, time his tackles and play on the midfield line are outstanding. However, after picking up a red card in the previous game, Abdou Diallo is suspended for the next one. Lucien Favre has no other choice than to introduce a youngster with no playing time.
Everything depends on Lukasz Piszczek
The 33 years old Borussia Dortmund full back is one of the best in Europe. Although he is approaching the end of his career, the pole is showing a great performance both on the attack and the defense. However, at this age, he must have some time for rest. That’s is not always the case with a game every 3 days. The Polish right back is the only one qualified for the central defender position. A role often given to Omer Toprak who is out on injury.
Hakimi or Zagadou?
Both players are 19 years old. Both show great potential. But who is the cure to Abdou Diallo red card for this Match-day? It all depends on Lukasz Piszczek. Achraf Hakimi might celebrate his Bundesliga debut on Wednesday, but only if Piszczek plays central defender. The 19 year old Moroccan is on loan from Real Madrid. Although he is still young, he is the best fit for the right back after Piszczek. He also is very accustomed to big games.
As for Zagadou, the French youngster is still learning in the yellow jersey. He showed great potential in first team games in the previous season. Lucien Favre might keep the same configuration. Making a player to player change. However, the 19 year old youngster didn’t have any playing time with the first team this year unlike Hakimi.
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.