On Tuesday night Borussia Dortmund will travel to Dresden for a round of 16 DFB Pokal match. (kick off 20:30 CET).
Dynamo Dresden is an east German club with lots of tradition and with a lot of support, averaging 21.000 per home match this season, although they are currently in Germany’s third division. Dynamo’s fan have quite the reputation to cause ruckus, like they did in Dortmund in 2011, when Dresden lost 2:0 in a DFB Cup match.
The match will be broadcasted live on German free tv, which will set the stage for fan groups, that like to riot, throw flares, explosives and other sorts of unintelligent misconduct. We can only hope, that everything will stay peaceful. Apart from a very hostile atmosphere with a very short fuse cord, this will be a very ordinary cup match on a Tuesday night – apart from the fact that Borussia Dortmund will have to play in white, since Dynamo Dresden share the colours and will play in black and yellow.
One thing is for sure though, the third tier side will surely pose a bigger threat than FC Schalke on last Saturday. In fact, Dresden have kicked Schalke out in the first round of the DFB Pokal, in the second round they defeated another Revierside in VfL Bochum, but they will probably find it tougher against the best side from the Ruhrarea.
Jürgen Klopp has the clear ambition to win the DFB Pokal this time after being runner up to FC Bayern last season. Yet, the Dortmund coach will have a good opportunity to rotate on a few positions. Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos, Sven Bender, Sebastian Kehl, Milos Jojic, Mitch Langerak – all players who haven’t seen much time on the pitch recently and it would come in handy to give some of them a bit of match practice.
Since Nuri Sahin has slight abductor problems and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is not 100% fit yet either, at least one of Kehl or Bender will feature in defensive midfield. Whoever will play for BVB on Tuesday evening it’s unlikely, that the players will underestimate Dynamo Dresden, who aren’t in great form and just recently sacked their manager. They lost four out of their last five matches, squeaking out a 3:2 win against 3. Liga bottom side Jahn Regensburg.
Dortmund are clear favourites and should go through to the next round within 90 minutes. On Saturday the black and yellows will travel to Hamburg, so hopefully they will return with a fit and healthy squad from Dresden.