After the Champions League comes the Bundesliga. After Barcelona comes Berlin. In Friday's press conference before the Matchday 13 trip to the German capital, Head Coach Lucien Favre and Sporting Director shared their thoughts on the upcoming clash with Hertha Berlin.
There can be no doubts about the defining goal for the weekend: BVB will be looking to turn the corner after their recent run of poor form. ''Everybody knows what we need to do,'' said Michael Zorc. But the task at hand certainly won't be an easy one. Hertha will no doubt be bolstered by the arrival of new Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who was unveiled on Wednesday. ''We expect the team to go out there and give the kind of performance that means we'll go home with a smile on our faces,'' said Zorc.
Head Coach Lucien Favre stressed the importance of remaining positive, especially given that ''the team can't be faulted for the way the match in Barcelona turned out. We created some good chances in both the first half and in the last 20 minutes.'' Favre's comments were reinforced by Zorc: ''It was Barcelona we were up against, not some pub team.''
The personnel situation
Dortmund will be without the services of both Thomas Delaney and Paco Alcácer in Berlin. The Spaniard is still feeling the effects of a heavy blow to the knee suffered in last Friday's match against SC Paderborn and has also been struggling with an upset stomach. ''I can't give any precise details on other injured players, we'll have to take stock of the situation after our final training session,'' said the BVB Head Coach.