Barcelona (AP) - The face of Lucien Favre revealed more than a thousand words. With tormented smile wrote the Dortmund coach on the way to the plane autographs for the fans.
The prospect of his possibly last European Cup trip with BVB squeezed before the duel on Wednesday at FC Barcelona (21.00 clock / Sky) on the mind. After Hans-Joachim Watzke demands that Favre provide "results" as quickly as possible, the football teacher has to deliver. Club boss Watzke sees signs of a turnaround: "I have the feeling that something has changed in the team to Paderborn. Something happened this weekend. "
Similar to Watzke, Marco Reus hopes for a positive effect of the recent crisis sessions, which were necessary after the embarrassing 3: 3 against the Bundesliga last. Representing his colleagues, the captain pledged to help the coach maintain his job: "We must not always put the responsibility on hold. But that includes certain virtues in the field. "Reus fiercely added," We play well only when we feel we have nothing left to lose. Now our main focus is on suffering from the beginning and not always running behind. "
But the doubts that the pros after the two much criticized appearances in Munich (0: 4) and against Paderborn (3: 3) just in Barcelona back on the road to success, remain large. Not only the impressive record of the opponent from last 34 home games in the Champions League without defeat, but also the current condition of the team stirs the skepticism. For Watzke this is one more reason to spread confidence: "If we succeed in regaining our strength in the coming weeks, we can still repair a lot this season."
A win against undefeated Barcelona league leaders (8 points) would make the repairs much easier. Eventually BVB (7) would be in the last sixteen - regardless of the outcome of the second match between Inter Milan (4) and Slavia Prague (2). National player Reus advised everyone involved to ignore the past games in Munich and against Paderborn: "It starts again from scratch. We have a huge chance to qualify for the next round. "
The fact that the strong fight Thomas Delaney fails until the winter break, could turn out to be a heavy mortgage in Barcelona. In addition, Favre must renounce Paco Alcácer. The striker and former Barça professional had suffered a flesh wound on his knee against Paderborn on Saturday.
Courage for the difficult task with the league leaders of the Spanish league makes the 0-0 in the first leg in mid-September, when the German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen saved the defeated Catalans from a defeat and also parried a penalty by Reus. With similar courage BVB wants to proceed in the Nou Camp. That could help to improve the meager yield from the last seven away matches with only one win.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen - Wague, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo - De Jong, Busquets - Dembele, Messi, Griezmann - Suarez
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Weigl, Witsel - Sancho, Reus, Hazard - Brandt
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
UEFA press kit to the game