Borussia Dortmund's third and final Wednesday evening home match for the 2014/15 season. Despite the inconvenient timing, despite the inclement weather and despite the small number of away fans attending, Signal Iduna Park is sold out.
FC Augsburg are bringing 909 supporters. For a midweek game and given the distance they need to travel that's a respectable number. But they will be heavily outnumbered by the almost 80,000 Black and Yellow supporters who will cheering their team on. The atmosphere this will generate, hopes coach Jürgen Klopp, could give his team that extra boost to help them secure their first win of 2015, four days after a respectable draw in Leverkusen.
The point against Leverkusen, their first clean sheet in an away match this season, is according to Klopp a “step in the right direction”. He explained, “We've put together a stable formation. We need to be ready for the small, the right steps. For development you need results. Because self-confidence is not something you can just create; you need to gain it by playing matches.”
After Saturday's match where BVB became the first team this season to work out how to sabotage Bayer 04's “pressing machine” and keep their opponent's shots down to single figures, a completely different task awaits the black and yellows on Wednesday evening. For one, they'll need to prevent Augsburg playing their 'win or die' style of football, keep the opposition counterattacks down to a minimum and be active and creative themselves.
“This will be a completely different match,” the coach predicted and to make each step a little easier he wants the fans to really come on board, talking of an “amazing atmosphere” which the home debut and home comeback of Kevin Kampl and Marco Reus respectively could inspire. “In footballing terms I have a very talented team. Nothing has changed there, “ said Klopp . “We've done a lot of work on the training ground in the last few weeks. We need to bring it onto the pitch now.”
After years of success, winning two Bundesliga titles and finishing runners-up twice in the last four seasons, Jürgen Klopp has no doubts about Borussia Dortmund ending the campaign in the relegation zone. “We'll get enough points to play in this league again next season. “