Borussia Dortmund U19 coach Benjamin Hoffmann spoke of the ''good feeling,'' with which his side go into their German Championship semi-final second leg with FC Schalke 04 (Monday, 18:45 CET) at the Rote Erde Stadium.
After playing out a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Oberhausen, Hoffmann has asked his young side to up their level of performance for Monday's match: ''We need a top performance to get the better of Schalke.'' Should nothing separate the two sides after 90 minutes, the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The winner will advance to the final of the German Championship, scheduled to take place on Sunday 2 June, where they will face the winner of the other semi-final between VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart.
The personnel situation remains unchanged: central defender Julius Schell is still out injured, while goalkeeper Luca Unbehaun is also unavailable after undergoing a knee operation. Benjamin Hoffmann will reveal his starting line-up shortly before kick-off.
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