A long season for Borussia Dortmund will end with the match against TSG Hoffenheim, six weeks later than originally planned. In the Matchday Magazine with Nobby Dickel, coach Lucien Favre takes stock of the season, which saw no balls kicked between mid-March and mid-May due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
"I always expected us to play again. There was a plan straight away," Favre recalls. "It was very well organised because Germany was much better prepared than the other countries in Europe."
Only at the beginning of the enforced break did the players have to do exercises at home for a week. "We then very quickly started to train in pairs. The players were always ready. They gave everything," said Favre, who carried out different forms of training than usual. "We had to keep the players ten meters apart and did training on passing, technique in the air, and technique on the ground."
In footballing terms, the first half of the season had only been "average", with 30 points: "We wanted to do better and we did that. We didn't concede many goals – that was the key. And we scored a lot of goals. It was an excellent second half of the season." BVB have so far managed 39 points in the second half of the season, with one game remaining. What's more, the team have broken the club's goal record this season (currently 84 goals). "That's great," said Favre, "but we're not finished yet." (cr)