Preview: Dortmund aiming to overcome further injuries
Jürgen Klopp rightly bemoaned his side’s luck this week, though in a rather sarcastic manner. The comment was perhaps slightly insensitive towards Saarbrücken but served as a reminder of Dortmund’s problems after the Mainz game:
"We are so nice that we injure ourselves down to Saarbrücken's level."
For the first time in his time as a Dortmund manager, Klopp made three substitutions prior to half-time in the Bundesliga. Nuri Sahin came in for Sven Bender when Dortmund was struggling to live up to Mainz’s pressing during the weekend. Jakub Blaszczykowski went off due to muscular problems at half-time and on captain Sebastian Kehl. Marco Reus, who is currently struggling to be fit for the Saarbrücken match, went off for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Preview: It is never too late to revive a Season
It is inappropriate to think that a team’s season could end in November. Dortmund’s season after all does not entirely depend on beating Bayern or winning the Bundesliga. A second place finish or even a top four finish would keep them moving steadily to a more stable future. However, Dortmund’s season does massively depend on the UEFA Champions League. An early loss would lead to losing out on millions in terms of Champions League money and potentially losing more stars
After all, a second place finish in the league and a place in the Champions League final was not good enough to keep Mario Götze in the club; it was not good enough to extend Robert Lewandowski’s deal either. This surely makes it easy to see why dropping out of the Champions League early is definitely unhealthy for the growth of everyone’s favorite second team.
Ever since Group F was drawn with Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli pitted against each other, it was quite inevitable to see one of these three packing up early. Before the UCL campaign began, it was Arsenal who were thought to be the ones struggling to match the likes of BVB and Napoli.
However, the whole journey has been of twists and turns so far and as things stand, either Napoli or Borussia Dortmund would see their Champions League journey cut short which will be quite a shame considering the fact that these two are indeed two of the best sides in Europe.
Preview: A case of "Bayern Dusel"?
Jürgen Klopp’s grey hairs are at an all-time high. Tactics are perhaps not exactly his concern at this point. He has to find a back line to field first. Lukasz Piszczek is only starting to regain match fitness following hip surgery after the Champions League finale. Marcel Schmelzer succumbed to injury in his country’s friendly against England and is set to miss out along with Mats Hummels, who is set to be out for the rest of the year. Neven Subotic is out for the entire season.
As far as the midfield is concerned, Ilkay Gündogan, who was also injured in a friendly, is still out. Returning to the defense, the injuries prompted Klopp to sign the former Leverkusen defender, Manuel Friedrich for the whole season. Friedrich has not played competitively this season. Whether he is match fit is a big question.
As per FIFA rules, clubs are allowed to seek compensation for their players injured while playing for the national team. The reimbursement is directly linked with the wages the player earns with his club.
However the payments will definitely serve managers no purpose who will have to make adjustments in the absence of their star players.
Let us take a look at some of the players who suffered injuries during the international week and how their respective teams will cope without them.
Preview: Wolfsburg looking to take the sting out of Borussia Dortmund’s attack
Dortmund’s season took a hit on Wednesday evening as the Ruhr team went down to Arsenal, 0-1, in their very own Westfalenstadion, leaving them fighting for a spot in the final 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Wolfsburg’s keen manager, Dieter Hecking, surely noticed how Arsenal managed to snuff out Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He will be looking to go down a similar route.
For the Ruhr side, Lukasz Piszczek is out as is Ilkay Gündogan. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mats Hummels are also set to miss out on this contest. Sebastian Kehl is prepared to travel with BVB for the first time since Bundesliga Match-day Five. For Wolfsburg, their creative head, Diego will be unavailable due to a stomach problem. Along with him, Vierinha, Christian Träsch and Koo Ja-Cheol will sit this one out. Hecking will rely on Luiz Gustavo to help cut out BVB’s attacks and at the same time provide some impetus for the offense whenever necessary.
Preview: Every point is important in this three horse race
When the Gunners took the pitch in their first meeting with Borussia Dortmund, fans were breathing an air of confidence. And despite knowing that they were up against last year's UEFA Champions League finalists, with the acquisition of Mesut Özil, these Arsenal fans and players look much more confident.
Unfortunately for the North London side, a few mental lapses saw them fall at home in a 1-2 scoreline, but that did not change anything within the squad.
Preview: BVB to continue perfect home start to the season
Dortmund will be hoping for another win on home surface which could take them to the top of the league for a day at least when they face Stuttgart today. Die Borussen have won all seven matches they have played on home soil this season, including a 4-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.
They will be buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Schalke in the Ruhr derby last time out and also by the fact that manager Jürgen Klopp has extended his contract which will keep him at the club for the next five years.
Preview: Schalke to continue their good form in Ruhr Derby
The Gelsenkirchen club got the better of their rivals last season when they managed to get maximum points in both the matches. Even though they are not in the best if the runs, Schalke will hope to get the better of Dortmund once again. Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp recalled the incidents of the past year and claimed that the two defeats at the hands of their rivals were difficult to take.
"When you sign a contract at Borussia Dortmund, the first thing you learn is that there are 32 Bundesliga games and two derbies," he said according to ESPN.
Preview: The absence of Mathieu Flamini could be a key factor
When Arsenal announced the signing of former AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the club's fans were not all that impressed. But the reality of it is that Flamini has been an unsung hero for the Gunners, taking on a role that had not been filled since his departure in 2008.
Having picked up a concussion against Norwich City on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed his absence in Tuesday's Champions League match.
"He is doing well," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "He has practiced normally but we will not play him because there is a five-day rule that we will respect. We will not take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be ok for the weekend," the French manager added.
Preview: Dortmund looking to replicate Bundesliga form in Europe
Die Borussen are currently unbeaten in the German league this season which, their undefeated run has secured them the top berth in the table. So much for their good form in the league last year’s Champions League finalists were beaten 2-1 by Napoli two weeks back when goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Insigne settled the tie for Benitez’s side.
Apart from a loss which could really hurt them as they aim for a progression to the next round, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller were both given their marching orders, which implies that both men will be able to watch the match from the stands only.
Preview: Dortmund kick off Champions League campaign with difficult away match in Naples
The Westphalians led by their inspirational coach Jurgen Klopp will resume their European journey after the heartbreak in last season’s Champions League final.
BVB caused a series of upsets including the 4-1 mauling of Spanish giants Real Madrid to secure a place in the competition’s final last season where they were defeated by Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
It appears that the Champions League group stages for this season are set to be even more entertaining than they were last season. The likes of Manchester United and Juventus have not been handed easy opponents at all.
However, it is Group F that will see four teams of considerable Champions League or European pedigree clash against each other.
The likes of Olympique de Marseille, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli are no strangers to rubbing shoulders with the best in Europe but all these four teams know that they are in a fight for their lives once the group stages kick off.
English teams to be fierce competitors
After disappointing in the Champions League last season, every English side playing in the competition will be eager to make amends and all of these sides have strengthened their squad very well. It is Manchester City and Chelsea who let their intentions know during the summer transfer window. Both cash-laden sides have brought in players who have all the talent in the world to make sure that their respective sides go far in the competition.
Though they have been miserly this summer, Manchester United and Arsenal will also be eager to avoid ending their European journey early on in the campaign.
Preview: Jurgen Klopp aiming for consistency to maintain top spot
Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp would be hoping to see his side perform at the same level at which they did before the international break.
As things stand, last season’s second best team in Germany is on top of the league, boasting a perfect record and a very good goal difference. However, a good early start is something that the team should build on in a bid to make it difficult for rivals Bayern Munich to retain their crown.
Biggest clubs eying transformation
Last season, these squads suffered from lack of balance in attack, midfield or defence – due to injuries or loss of form by some of their players. They have since been busy letting names out or bolstering themselves with new acquisitions.
With the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola by Bayern Munich, several players have been linked with moves to the respective clubs of these aforementioned gentlemen.
And this year’s most hyped transfer stories are not just about the Red Devils, the Blues, Los Blancos or Hollywood FC. Other popular clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Milan and Spurs complete LiveSoccerTV.com’s 2013 Summer Transfer Guide.
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The Bundesliga kicked-off the European football calendar in style. With seven fixtures on Saturday, fans were treated to a true goal feast, seeing the ball hit the back of the net on twenty-six occasions.
Reigning champions and last year's UEFA Champions League victors Bayern Munich began their title defence with a comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach with goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and left back David Alaba along with some wonderful counter-attacking football. It was a satisfactory start at the Allianz Arena for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on his return to the game following a twelve month break from the dug-out.
Preview: Guardiola’s charges prepare for huge test
In Germany, there is a common saying which Bayern President Uli Hoeness commonly uses: ‘Bayern is its own worst enemy’. This has often proved to be the case in the past. Hence, Bayern is warned against complacency every season. In truth, Bayern, aside from complacency, does have one huge enemy: Borussia Dortmund.
Pep Guardiola’s 4-1-4-1 is set to be severely tested by Jürgen Klopp’s 4-2-3-1. Both teams have absentees. For Bayern, Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer, who picked up minor knocks against Barcelona, are out of the squad. Holger Badstuber is out of course with a long term injury while new signing, Mario Götze, the man who dared cross the border, is still out of action. Bastian Schweinsteiger will hope to add more minutes after returning to the pitch against Barca.
The Armenian international was the number one target of Liverpool but has apparently chosen to join a team that will offer him Champions League football for next season. The talented midfielder joins BVB as a replacement for German international Mario Gotze who made a switch of Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc revealed that the team is still working on the final points of the transfer and indeed Sueddeutsche Zeitung was right when it called the deal as “The most difficult transfer ever done by a German club”.
Historically, German sides do not like to stretch deals for a long time and if things are prolonged, they would rather look elsewhere. However, that was not the case with Borussia Dortmund who have shown a lot of patience so far in this particular transfer.