It's almost time for the final home game of the season: Borussia Dortmund will welcome 10th-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf to Signal Iduna Park on Matchday 33. Speaking at the pre-match press conference, sporting director Michael Zorc said: "We want to form a unit with the fans and sign off on a good note at home."
Tick off Bremen, focus on Fortuna
Borussia Dortmund's title tilt was dealt a setback in the last round as they were held to a draw in Bremen. But that match has now been consigned to history, and attention has already turned to the upcoming home game against Fortuna Düsseldorf. BVB coach Lucien Favre said: "The result in Bremen was disappointing but now we need to concentrate on our last home game. We need to produce a convincing performance against Düsseldorf and get the three points."
In Fortuna Düsseldorf, BVB will face a team that has secured their top-flight status for next season (with six games to go) thanks to a series of strong performances. BVB know all too well from the reverse fixture in December that coach Friedhelm Funkel's charges are not to be underestimated. "Düsseldorf have a very good team, and they've proven that often enough over the course of this season," said the BVB boss.
Diallo and Sancho doubtful, Piszczek an option
Whether Lucien Favre will be able to call upon the top provider in the Bundesliga this season remains to be seen. "Jadon Sancho hasn't trained the whole week. After tomorrow's session, we'll decide whether he can play," said Favre, who added that Abdou Diallo is a doubt too. The defender "hasn't trained with the team yet this week".
But Favre explained at the press conference that Lukasz Piszczek is back in contention. "We can factor Lukasz into our plans. We'll speak with him again tomorrow and then decide whether he's okay to play."
Hakimi to support the team from the stands
Achraf Hakimi sustained a broken metatarsal in the clash with VfL Wolfsburg almost one and a half months ago. He has since spent time receiving treatments in Madrid, but on Saturday he'll be back in Dortmund to lend his support from the stands. Sporting director Michael Zorc explained: "Achraf will land tonight, because he wants to support the team in the final home game of the season. I think that shows that he feels very happy in this team."
Form a unit with the fans
With 70 points on the board, BVB certainly aren't in a bad position with two matches remaining. Sporting director Michael Zorc said as much in the pre-match press conference when he declared: "We need to see the bigger picture. We still have the opportunity to reach 76 points – which would be the third-highest points tally in the history of Borussia Dortmund and an extraordinary performance." There are two games left to play, one of them at Signal Iduna Park. Aside from one exception, BVB have been unbeaten in every game in front of their own fans this term. Unsurprisingly, there's a real buzz ahead of the game. "We want to sign off on a good note at home – predominantly by producing a good performance and winning. And to once again form a unit with our fans, which is important for me," said Zorc.
The match on Saturday will be overseen by referee Tobias Stieler. He will be assisted on the sidelines by Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck and Christian Gittelmann, while Mike Pickel will be the fourth official. Tobias Welz and Florian Badstübner will serve as the video assistant referees.