There are only 65 hours of rest between the kick-off of the Champions League fixture versus Club Bruges and the kick-off for the Bundesliga game against SC Freiburg. There is little time for regeneration. Head coach Lucien Favre continues to rotate the squad saying, "We can't do without it."
Naturally, the coach did not reveal who might be slipping onto the bench for a rest. This could have been the case for Axel Witsel for example, but fortunately not, as a result of his substitution last night shortly before the end. "I think I will go with him," said Favre. The Belgian had suffered from cramp. Maybe Marcel Schmelz will return to the squad after overcoming a knee injury. Regardless, the coach explicitly did not want to confirm anything.
Borussia Dortmund will meet, "A team that is very well organised, very compact and capable of playing multiple systems," said Favre. The man from Switzerland did not fail to mention that SC Freiburg drew 1-1 in Munich and beat Gladbach 3-1. Sporting Director Michael Zorc praised them saying, "They have been doing an excellent job for many years, if not almost decades. It is not for no reason that Freiburg meets the criteria to be a Bundesliga club. They always manage to raise their team to an absolute Bundesliga level."
It is no question that the team from Breisgau will keep their ranks close together in Dortmund. When looking at yesterday's game against Bruges and the upcoming match against Freiburg, Favre warned his players, saying "See faster, play faster. The passes have to get much sharper." He continued to say, "You have to make the teams tired by making them move faster, then you have to have more movement at the right moment, with more precision."