Around two weeks have passed since the last Bundesliga match. But now that the international break is over, Borussia Dortmund are gearing up for three English weeks in succession. The first of those seven games in 22 days takes place against Eintracht Frankfurt at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET).
There were nine Black & Yellows away on international duty, some of whom played three matches for their countries and some of whom only returned to Dortmund this Thursday. “It’s not an easy situation, either from the viewpoint of the coach or the viewpoint of the player. But we will try to work closely with the players in order to find the best solution for us,” said BVB coach Edin Terzic of the pre-match preparations. “It’s not a nice situation when the lads return only 48 hours before the game. But Eintracht will have the same problems as well.”
BVB want to finish at least fourth in the table, a position currently occupied by the Eagles. Four points separate the Black & Yellows from the men from Hesse. A win at the weekend would reduce that gap to one point. But a defeat in a “six-pointer” like this would see the deficit increase to seven points with only seven matches of the Bundesliga campaign left. “It’s an incredibly important match, as the situation in the table indicates. We will see at the end of the season how important it was. But it’s obviously a defining game in terms of our objective for the season,” Terzic explained.
The head coach singled out the Eintracht attack, spearheaded by André Silva, for special praise. The striker is Frankfurt’s top scorer and is currently joint-second in the scoring charts alongside Erling Haaland (21 goals). “He’s a very good player who is in very good form and has great attributes,” said Terzic, who also mentioned Filip Kostic, Daichi Kamada and Luka Jovic. “They play with a No. 10, two players behind the frontman or with two strikers. They’re very flexible and variable. If we only focus on only one player, things will go wrong. We need to prevent the passes from reaching their attacking players as best as we can.”
Terzic describes Frankfurt as a “physically strong, experienced and aggressive team”. Eintracht have committed the most fouls and picked up the most yellow cards in the division. “I have the feeling that they like things to get a bit wild on the pitch, that they feel most comfortable when there’s some back and forth. We have to be ready for that,” Terzic said, adding: “We have to be ready to take on that wild fight, but we must also be able to take that wildness out of the game and get the match under control.”
The coach will be able to factor Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro, who have returned to team training after overcoming injuries, into his plans. “We’re assuming that they’ll be an option for the weekend. Mateu Morey could be fit in time too.” The right-back is also training with his team-mates again, but is not yet completing all elements of training. Youssoufa Moukoko returned from international duty with the Germany U21s injured and will miss out at the weekend.