Dusseldorf (AP) - Even after the good performance in the Supercup is the first hurdle in the DFB Cup for Borussia Dortmund is not self-starter.
Already in the previous year, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus rescued BVB with their goals only at the last minute progressing in the second division SpVgg Greuther Fürth. "The first round in the DFB Cup can also be a stumbling block," warned ex-professional Sebastian Kehl.
Coach Lucien Favre recalled before the match against the third division 12. KFC Uerdingen on Friday (20.45 clock / Sky / Sport1) in Dusseldorf to the strengths of the opponent. "Uerdingen has many experienced players. We have to be well prepared, "the coach warned.
Especially since the game by the reunion of today's Uerdinger player Kevin Grosskreutz receives an additional explosive. "I can not wait. I do not know any friends for 90 minutes. I will tear myself and wants to annoy the BVB a bit », said the former Dortmund professional.
"This is not a normal game for me. I've always been a fan of Borussia Dortmund since I was a kid, "said the defender, who is suspended for at least four league games after being assaulted in the third league, but is allowed to take part in the cup. He has organized 200 tickets for friends. "I actually have my own block in the stadium," he said. In total, more than 30,000 spectators are expected.
For Kehl the starting position is clear. "Friday night, floodlighting, full stadium - actually perfect to start really well," said the head of the licensing team. "We certainly will not underestimate this task," Kehl said. In addition, the new additions Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard, which were missing in the Supercup against Bayern, again available.
Not included are the newly recruited Julian Brandt (adductor problems) and goalkeeper Roman Bürki, whose sewn cut on the tibia still causes problems.
Favre is respectfully in the duel with the ambitious third division, the recent home games in Dusseldorf states: "It's a cup game, they will give everything." Grosskreutz was still dangerous, said Favre. For the Swiss coach, the season preparation is not over yet. "We've made the best of it so far, but the preparation continues. We will use the coming weeks for this, »said the coach.
The Uerdinger, who were undefeated so far in two games in the Düsseldorf stadium, go with great respect in the game. "We play against the best team in Europe," said coach Heiko Vogel. And the coach knows exactly what has to happen to create a small sensation: "We have to deliver a nearly perfect match and the Dortmund have to have a day that they may want to forget.".
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