Ahead of the Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg, we reached out to Wolves fan Antonia to gather some intel on the challenges facing both Borussia Dortmund and their opponents on Saturday.
By all accounts, Wolfsburg are playing a disappointing season so far. If you had to decide on one major reason for their poor performances, what would it be?
Both coaches. Surely Klaus Allofs’ insisting on keeping Julian Draxler didn’t help either but in my opinion, both Dieter Hecking and Valerien Ismael missed a chance of leading Wolfsburg back to good times.
As you implied, the campaign has cost head coach Hecking his job – but has anything really gotten better under new Ismael?
Nothing, really. It’s the same issues, the same disappointing defeats, the same rather lucky wins. Oh – and the same embarrassing post-match interviews. Although the team swears he’s a much more passionate coach — I don’t see it.
Wolfsburg invested quite heavily in the winter break, signing Richedly Bazoer, Yunus Malli, Paul-Georges Ntep and Victor Osimhen. How are they getting along at their new club? Anyone Dortmund fans need to worry about in particular?
I am really satisfied with our winter signings so far. Especially Malli and Ntep have done a great job so far, which makes me wonder even more why Ismael has put Ntep on the bench in the last few games. He really seems to enliven our game. And when it comes to free-kicks — it’s never wrong to worry about Yunus Malli.
Are you worried the Wolves could still go down or does a six-point advantage over Werder Bremen in the relegation-playoff spot make you sleep more comfortably?
Six points are nothing considering the opponents we still have to face. Bremen are playing against Mainz this weekend, so their chances to win are probably better than ours. And the game after that is against Bremen, so they could easily draw level with us in only two weeks. If we don’t sack our coach or have a lot of luck, I’m really worried. Trusting there will be worse teams is always a bad tactic to stay in a league.
Do you think the closure of the Yellow Wall on Saturday can help Wolfsburg?
It shouldn’t. Most of our players were quite disappointed and said the away game in Dortmund is always the best of the season so I trust their opinion that it won’t affect the game much. There are in fact many BVB fans left even without the Yellow Wall.
In their last two meetings, Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 5-1 — can BVB fans expect another big win? What’s your prediction?
To be fair, the last 5-1 wasn’t fully deserved and could easily have been the other way around. I’m still not very hopeful, but I’ll go for a 3-0 instead of a 5-1 for Dortmund.
Our thanks go to Antonia. Check her out on Twitter @Antoniasxn.