More midweek action: on Tuesday evening, the U23s of Borussia Dortmund will play host to Preußen Münster at Stadion Rote Erde. Kick-off is at 19:30 CET. The game will be played behind closed doors.
There were scenes of joy around the club after securing the three points against Fortuna Köln. "Away wins are great," sang the team and the coaching staff after the final whistle went at the Südstadion in Cologne. At that time, it was still unclear what would happen with the Regionalliga. Then, on Monday afternoon, came the decision: Regionalliga football will continue!
"We added an exclamation point to the performance today, we were completely dominant and showed what quality we have," said BVB goalkeeper and match-winner Stefan Drljaca after the match against the team from Cologne. Those are qualities which they will need again on Tuesday. Preußen Münster are third in the table after ten games, having earned a respectable 20 points. The squad, which has undergone an overhaul after relegation last season, had only lost to Essen and Köln II, but have won their last two fixtures against Wiedenbrück and Bonn, respectively.
Coach Sascha Hildmann's team is peppered with experienced players such as Julian Schauerte and Dennis Daube, who have already gained experience Germany's top two tiers. Preußen blend these with talented young players such as Joel Grodowski (who has already played for Bradford City in England, among others). Their top scorer with three goals and four assists is Joshua Holtby, brother of former Bundesliga regular Lewis Holtby (who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers).
The last meeting between the two sides in a competitive match took place more than five years ago. At that time, both teams were still plying their trade in Germany's third tier. Despite the 2-1 victory in May 2015, BVB were relegated to the Regionalliga following Matchday 38, having finished 18th in the table.