The gap to third-placed VfB Stuttgart once again stands at five points, while the lead over fifth-placed Leipzig is only one point: Borussia Dortmund continue to be under pressure ahead of their home game against TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday (17:30 CET) – and want to deliver.

Even if Edin Terzic did not say it directly, the team needs to build on the very convincing performance in their comfortable home victory against Sportclub Freiburg two weeks ago. "After two draws away from home, we need to pick up three points again. That's the assignment!"

The opposition have not won since the middle of December. There have since been four defeats and four draws. But: "In very many matches, they were close to winning their games," declared Terzic. 3-2, 1-1, 2-2, 1-1 and 1-0 have been the last five results for the club that occupy ninth place in the table. "Especially in attack, they have some extremely dangerous players in front of goal," added the coach, singling out Andrej Kramaric, "who has often scored against BVB in the past". A total of nine goals in 13 matches, to be precise.

The last two head-to-head meetings have been close – as they usually are between the two clubs. In the reverse fixture, Julian Ryerson scored the goal to clinch a 3-1 win with an energetic run in the final seconds. And in the DFB-Pokal, BVB narrowly but highly deservedly emerged as 1-0 winners thanks to a Marco Reus goal following a good performance. The Black & Yellows lined up for that game in a 4-3-3 system with two very attacking No. 8s. Terzic said: "That's always an option. It worked superbly in that game. We will think carefully about how we approach the game."

Alexander Meyer, who was as reliable as ever in Eindhoven, will keep his place in the BVB goal against TSG Hoffenheim. Because: "Gregor Kobel will definitely miss out," revealed Edin Terzic at the press conference. The effects of a collision with a VfL Wolfsburg striker last weekend are still lingering. "We need to wait and see how it develops," said Terzic, who underscored the team's confidence in Meyer. "Alex is always on hand immediately. He exudes a great deal of composure."

In the case of Niklas Süle, who was ruled out shortly before kick-off on Tuesday, Terzic is hoping that the infection disappears as quickly as it came: "He's not yet at 100%, but we still have some hope for the weekend." The head coach announced that Karim Adeyemi would return for the home game against TSG Hoffenheim at 17:30 CET on Sunday – to the squad, not the starting line-up: "Karim has used the whole week and trained with us. But he's more of a candidate for the squad than for the starting XI. Because he was absent for a very, very long time. We also want to be careful." The signs are more promising for Jadon Sancho. "It was his first English week," said Terzic, "and he feels very good. We're assuming that he will be 100% fit."

The coach remains without Sébastien Haller and without Felix Nmecha: "But there is good news here. We assume that he will be able to take part in team training again at the start of next week."
Boris Rupert