Borussia Dortmund will go into their Bundesliga match away to SV Werder Bremen on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET) with the wind in their sails following a strong Champions League performance against Paris St. Germain on Tuesday evening. Having recently lost in the cup there, BVB will be hoping to leave the Weser with a win this time around.
Head coach Lucien Favre greeted the journalists assembled at the Hohenbuschei training ground on Thursday afternoon with his usual "Bonjour" and a grin. There is clearly still a positive mood in the camp following the glorious 2-1 victory over PSG in Dortmund. What started with another outstanding choreography from the supporters was followed by 90 minutes of total commitment on the pitch and celebrations at the final whistle. It was a Champions League evening that will live long in the memory.
"Erling has a strong mentality and always looks forward"
In addition to the overall team performance, there was an outstanding individual contribution from the blonde giant wearing the number 17: Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is the first Dortmund player to score for BVB in his first Bundesliga, his first DFB Cup and his first Champions League appearances. "Erling is doing superbly. He always looks forward. He always wants to win. He can link up well with the team, he can play with his left foot and his right foot, he makes himself an option...he wants it! It's a good overall package," said coach Favre.
Borussia will be looking to continue their good form in Bremen and round off the week with a win. It will be their second visit to the Weser-Stadion in the space of 17 days. BVB have faced SVW more often in the Bundesliga than any other club. And they have won five of their last eight league visits to Bremen. A good omen? (Check out the match facts).
Having been eliminated from the cup, Favre is hoping for a win and three points at the weekend. "We need to keep focused and, above all, to keep defending together. We have conducted several analyses. I've always said that it would take some time. The match in Bremen is very important for us. We want to win there," declared Favre, who went on to provide some personnel updates at the press conference. "Julian Brandt has already trained well today, but we need to wait for tomorrow to see. Otherwise, only Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney are out."
Favre on Reyna: "You're blind if you don't see his qualities"
There was also plenty of praise for Haaland's fellow winter signing Emre Can. Favre said: "Emre has done very well so far. Everyone has noticed that. He also offers us a lot going forward, he's important for the whole team." In the run-up to the Champions League match-up with the French club, it was announced that the 26-year-old would be joining the club permanently. Gio Reyna, who became the youngest scorer in the history of the DFB Cup in the aforementioned match in Bremen, was also praised by the coach and clearly has his trust. "We've been keeping tabs on Gio for a long time. You're blind if you don't see his qualities. He's very clever and, at 17, still has much to accomplish." Hopefully his next accomplishment will be helping BVB take revenge on Werder at the weekend.