The international break is over! And on Saturday, Leipzig are up against table leaders, Borussia Dortmund (Kickoff: 18:30)
Ahead of the clash we have gathered the latest news and information regarding the Dortmund team.
Results in last three games:
· Matchday 5: Hamburger SV 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
· Matchday 6: Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia M’gladbach
· Matchday 7: FC Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Meetings in the 2016/17 season:
Last season we won our opening Bundesliga home game 1-0 against Dortmund, courtesy of a Naby Keita goal. A thrilling, unforgettable game!
In the reverse fixture on matchday 19, we lost 0-1 at the Signal Iduna Park, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the only goal.
Attacking threat and defensive stability under coach Peter Bosz:
Peter Bosz succeeded Thomas Tuchel as Dortmund coach at the start of the season. The Dutchman moved from Ajax, and is well known for his attacking style of play. With a remarkable tally of 21 goals in 7 games, BVB have scored, on average, three goals per game.
But Dortmund have also appeared to be very defensively stable under their new coach. They have only conceded twice so far, and had not conceded any until matchday 6.
Bosz used to play in the Bundesliga for Hansa Rostock, and also played for the Dutch national team. His greatest achievement as a coach came when he made it to the Europa League final with Ajax in 2016/17. Although in the final, they lost 2-0 to Manchester United.
Style of play:
An emphasis on attack and opposition pressing sums up BVB’s philosophy under new coach Peter Bosz. Playing in a 4-3-3 formation, with two attacking full-backs in Lukasz Piszczek and Jeremy Toljan, Dortmund are a formidably attacking side.
With 21 goals in seven games, they are the most prolific side in the league. Strikers Aubameyang and Philipp already have twelve goals between them.
Aubameyang is the league’s top goalscorer with eight goals (level with Robert Lewandowski). Furthermore, having racked up 30 shots on goal, Aubameyang is also top of the shots-taken table as well.
- Marc Bartra
The Spaniard has won 70% of his duels so far this season. That places him amongst the best duel-winners in the league.
- Ömer Toprak
The Dortmund central defender has a pass accuracy of 92.6%, one of the best percentages in the league.
- Christian Pulisic
The lightning-fast right-winger has already completed 20 successful dribbles this season – more than any other Bundesliga player.
UEFA Champions League:
While their start to the season in the Bundesliga has been incredibly impressive, the same cannot be said for BVB’s Champions League performance. They lost their first two games of the group stage against Tottenham and Real Madrid. The other team in Dortmund’s group is APOEL Nicosia, who BVB will need to beat, in order to have a chance of making it to the next round.
Champions League results:
- Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
- Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
BVB’s international players:
Borussia Dortmund’s squad is made up of 29 players, of whom 22 are regularly in their national team squads. In this international break, 14 players were called up, with two being called up to the Germany U21 team.
Out injured / returning from injury:
Full-back Lukasz Piszczek picked up a right knee ligament injury during a World Cup qualifier. He has been a regular in the Dortmund team, but will be out injured for the remainder of the first half of the season. Furthermore, Dortmund are still having to manage without Marco Reus (cruciate ligament tear), in addition to seven other players.
However, Dortmund have been able to celebrate the returns of Julian Weigl and Mario Götze. BVB were without Weigl for four months due to an ankle injury, and Götze was out for a long time due to a metabolism illness. Both players have been at Dortmund’s disposal in midfield since the start of the month.