So here we are, back in the relegation zone ahead of a cracking tie against VfL Wolfsburg and have no idea what to expect of Borussia Dortmund. Too inconsistent the recent performances, as the 1-0 wins at the Westfalenstadion against Gladbach and Hoffenheim were so shockingly different from the atrociousness in Paderborn, Frankfurt and especially Berlin.
VfL Wolfsburg aren’t just any team, they are the second best of the Bundesliga and will be a tough side to beat, even if Dortmund would be up to their very best. Sadly Jürgen Klopp has to prepare a starting eleven without Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Greek central back would have been a welcomed replacement for the liable Neven Subotic, while the Armenian showed a lot of drive, even though he failed to score or assist this season. How much BVB will miss Miki can be seen on Wednesday, when Wolfsburg offer Dortmund a chance to break. But all the complaining won’t help, only three points will.
Maybe it’s a good thing that Wolfsburg isn’t Hertha, so Dortmund will find at least some kind of space – but maybe it’s a bad thing, as the Wolves have better players than Julian Schieber on their roaster. Either way, it’s likely to predict a game filled with more action than the snooze fest against Hertha.
Jürgen Klopp is trying hard to look on the positive. “We have to see the remaining two games as a chance to end the Hinrunde on a good feeling.” and after the big mess that fans had to endure on Saturday, a good performance is more than due. Klopp will have to find a recipe to contain the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Olic, Verinha, Perisic, Ricardo Rodriguez – and Naldo. Wolfsburg surely are not a one-trick pony and will find their way eventually. Not everyone can has as much luck as Paderborn on the weekend. It’s a miracle that they left Volkswagen City with a point. At least the Wolves never were allowed to go into cruise control but try for the full 90. Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday is they current schedule and it’s not too far fetched, that Dieter Hecking’s side looks a little stretched.
Maybe Jürgen Klopp, Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc come to the conclusion that this team needs external help in form of new players. Klopp said “Quantity doesn’t always mean more quality.” But relying on the likes of Großkreutz, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa coming back to form, while Reus must stay injury free is a risky business, considering their desperate need to gather points thick and fast in 2015.
The club has been linked with Serie A players El Shaarawy and Paulo Dybala, but it’s rather unlikely that BVB is actually after them. A more realistic name might be Kevin Kampl, who is set to leave RB Salzburg in winter, as he can make use of his 9 million euro release clause. Dortmund will definitely consider this option, as Kampl is a player who is a player who would fit into their midfield.
Then again, Kampl has strong connections to Leverkusen, as Roger Schmidt has played a big role in the midfielder’s ascend and not to forget the internal “RB” solution with Leipzig.