Barcelona (AP) - The fight of Lucien Favre for his job at Borussia Dortmund comes to a head.
After the 1: 3 (0: 2) in the Champions League at FC Barcelona, the duel with the new Hertha coach Jürgen Klinsmann on Saturday in Berlin could prove to be a game of fate for the Swiss football teacher. The 62-year-old still believes in a future at BVB: "I am convinced that we can do it. I have trust."
After all, his team showed a slight increase in shape compared to the two weak appearances at Bayern (0: 4) and against SC Paderborn (3: 3) in the Catalan metropolis. "At least it was not a step deep into the crisis and nothing happened that made us ashamed of ourselves as a team," said Mats Hummels.
Nevertheless, BVB is no longer in the knockout stages of the European Champions League in its own hands. Finally, the second place in the table was lost to the tied team of Inter Milan (each 7 points). Even with a home win in the last group match on 10 December over Slavia Prague, the BVB relied on contactor assistance of FC Barcelona in the Italians, because Inter is in direct front comparison. "That's why it was a bitter evening for us," complained licensing team principal Sebastian Kehl.
It seems unlikely that the already qualified for the knockout round Catalans again put a lot of effort. «As I know Barça, they like to change a bit in such situations. But I hope the second guard will be able to score against Inter, "said international Julian Brandt.
Much time to draw the right conclusions from the defeat in Barcelona, Favre does not. Already on Saturday, the criticized coach for the match at Hertha BSC has to find the right answers. Attacker Brandt swears that the already tricky task could become even more unpleasant with the change of coach from Berlin from Ante Covic to Klinsmann: «Games are always more difficult when the other team has a new coach in office. The Berliners will want to prove themselves again, "he commented. Firmly, Brandt added, "But it does not help. We really want to win this game. »
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