Four more to go
The last match days are lying ahead and Borussia Dortmund have still the one or other goal to achieve in Bundesliga. 1. FSV Mainz 05 are the ones trying to stand in the way this coming weekend. Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel has built a strong team that has suprised the one or other big club already this season.
Borussia Dortmund are coming from successful weeks. A double win against VfL Wolfsburg saw Borussia Dortmund almost secure Champions League qualification next season and promoted the black-yellow boys to the DFB cup final in Berlin next months. While Champions League football is by now somehow mandatory to keep Borussia's high ambitions in the future alive, the DFB cup final in Berlin is the icing on the cake. Adding to that Borussia nearly created a Euro miracle but the 0-3 loss in the quarter final first leg at Real Madrid was a too heavy burden. Nonetheless Borussia Dortmund made a brilliant match and beat Real 2-0 at home. It was just a little bit disappointing that we wasted several chances to level the score. Fate made it possible that after meeting the probably second best team in the world we had to face the at the moment best team in the world. Bayern Munich of course somehow lost a little bit tension but Pep Guardiola lined up his best players including Robben and Ribery. But in the end Borussia Dortmund made a fantastic appearance and beat the reigning triple champions 3-0!
Looking head Dortmund have still the chance to finish this season with a title. A season that saw super super FC Bayern Munich storm the Bundesliga and secure the title already in march and that left Borussia Dortmund trailing with many longterm injured players like Neven Subotic and Jakub Blascszykowski (both torn cruciate ligament). So regarding the circumstances a possible second place in Bundesliga, quitting Champions League in the quarter finals and the cup final with a possible cup title is a superb record for our club.
So, it is Mainz this weekend. Thomas Tuchel's men experience a wonderful season that might even end in Euro League qualification. At the moment there are on spot 7 and that would be enough at the end of the season. It would be a huge success for the club where Jürgen Klopp was coach some years ago. This weekend Tuchel has to do without Park, Nicolai Müller and Schahin due to injuries.
But that is a familiar problem for BVB coach Jürgen Klopp. He has to do without Schmelzer and Bender and of course without longterm injuries Gündogan, Subotic and Gündogan. Adding to that goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will probably also miss the match due to muscle problems. So Langerak might start in goal. In front of him Piszczek and Erik Durm are our right and left back with Sokratis and Hummels as central defenders. Kehl and Sahin will probably start in holding midfield while Großkreutz, Mkhitaryan and Reus will play behind sole striker Robert Lewandowski. During the last matches Jürgen Klopp made a tactical move that inspired our offence. While in the past Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in central offence midfield and Reus on the wings, Jürgen Klopp changed tactics a little bit. At the moment Mkhitaryan plays on the right wing and Reus in the center. Mkhitaryan has so some more space to use his unique technique and sprint skills. And maybe it will help him overcome his wasted big chances against Real Madrid and FC Sch*lke 04.
Borussia Dortmund: Langerak - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Durm - Kehl, Sahin - Großkreutz, Reus, Mkhitaryan - Lewandowski
Coach: Jürgen Klopp
1. FSV Mainz 05: Karius - Pospech, Bell, Noveski, Junios Diaz - Geis - Moritz, Soto - Malli - Okazaki, Choupo-Moting
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Venue: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
Kick off: 3.30 pm CET, 19.04.2014