The first of Borussia Dortmund's five remaining Bundesliga matches this season comes on Saturday evening, when they play host to Hertha BSC. "We're looking forward to it," said Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc at the end of the press conference, as he looked ahead to the Matchday 30 game of the round.
Hertha BSC will arrive at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK having not lost a game since Bundesliga action resumed. Bruno Labbadia was appointed the capital club's head coach in mid-April and has since guided his side to victories over Hoffenheim, Union Berlin and Augsburg, plus a draw against Leipzig. BVB, meanwhile, have picked up three wins from their four matches during the same period – including the 6-1 demolition of SC Paderborn last time out.
That match saw Mats Hummels pick up his fifth yellow card of the campaign, meaning he is suspended for the Hertha match. "It's a shame he misses out. We'll see how we play," said Lucien Favre, keeping his cards close to his chest who would replace the centre-back. Emre Can took over the central position in the back three when Hummels was forced off with injury at half-time during the match in Wolfsburg. "He can play in midfield and in defence," explained Favre, without shedding any light on whether Can would once again be deployed in a defensive role.
It remains unclear whether Erling Haaland will be available to play following his injury-enforced absence (knee problems). "In Erling's case, we need to see how it goes. He's started to train with the team," Favre explained. Captain Marco Reus, however, has not taken part in a team training session for four months. "He's run a lot and has started to train individually with the ball," the Swiss tactician revealed.
Fifteen points are still up for grabs in the final weeks of the season. "The way we see it, the title has been decided. We do not believe that Bayern Munich will allow themselves to be caught. We're currently in second spot and we'd also be happy to finish there," said Zorc, as he outlined the goal for the remaining games.