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Rose makes BVB professionals responsible: “straighten things out”

Dortmund (dpa) – Unlike in the past three years, Borussia Dortmund is no longer in the lottery pot for the round of 16 of the Champions League. This reduces the anticipation of the last group game against Besiktas Istanbul on Tuesday (9 p.m. / Amazon Prime) among fans and professionals.

Initial situation: The places in group C have been allocated. In addition to the sovereign leaders Ajax Amsterdam (15 points), Sporting Lisbon (9) qualified for the round of 16. With the lost direct comparison against the Portuguese (1: 3/1: 0), BVB sealed relegation to the Europa League. Besiktas Istanbul is the only team in this year’s competition without a point.

Personnel: In view of the lack of sporting explosiveness, Marco Rose should spare some regular employees. “We will send a good team onto the field, but we have to keep in mind that we will have another important Bundesliga game on Saturday in Bochum,” commented the coach tellingly. Recently returned professionals such as Erling Haaland, Mahmoud Dahoud and Raphael Guerreiro will therefore probably not go the full distance. National player Julian Brandt (concussion) and the suspended Emre Can will definitely be missing. On the other hand, Axel Witsel and Donyell Malen, who have recently been less burdened, are in the starting line-up, according to Rose.

Incentive: Although the game is insignificant from a sporting point of view, there are plenty of reasons for BVB not to approach the game as a chore. After all, UEFA pays out a lush 2.8 million euros for a win in the group stage. “It’s not a golden pineapple game. It’s about prestige, it’s about money for the club and it’s about getting a few things back in the Champions League,” said Marco Rose. “For me as a coach, especially in a game like this, it’s about taking the next step. If you can do that, it will manifest itself at some point,” added the football teacher.

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Attacker Steffen Tigges sees it similarly: “The Champions League is still something very special. We want to go into the game with full vigor. We are athletes and want to play every game as successfully as possible.”

 

source: t-online

 

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