After the 4-1 success in the DFB Cup final against RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund doesn’t have much time to breathe. On Sunday evening, the black and yellow in the Bundesliga will continue with the away game at 1. FSV Mainz 05. After Eintracht Frankfurt lost to Schalke on Saturday afternoon, BVB can already make the Champions League qualification perfect on the penultimate matchday.
“The season lasts seven days and we want to fill these seven days completely with life and add another one,” emphasized coach Edin Terzic at the press conference on Saturday afternoon. “We promised ourselves that we would do everything we can to achieve six points as cup winners.” With the recent five victories in a row, they have created a great starting position. “But it doesn’t make sense to let up now,” the trainer clarified. “Today we look at what the Frankfurters are doing and prepare ourselves so that we can score three more important points tomorrow.”
“Mainz has developed unbelievably under Bo Svensson”
– Edin Terzic
The 3: 4 defeat of Eintracht at FC Schalke 04 should have given the black and yellow an additional boost in motivation. With an away win on Sunday evening, BVB would have the ticket for the premier class in their pockets. With the Mainz team, who were able to enjoy relegation on Saturday afternoon, no easy task awaits. “Mainz have developed incredibly under Bo Svensson,” said Terzic. “They look very stable and can counter dangerously. We need an extremely good performance.”
For the last away game of the season, Terzic will have the same squad available as on Thursday evening in Berlin. “It was an intense game. We tried a lot to work in the regenerative field,” explained the head coach. Marwin Hitz (capsule injury), Mateu Morey (knee injury), Youssoufa Moukoko (foot injury), Marcel Schmelzer (rehab after knee surgery), Axel Witsel (rehab after Achilles tendon tear) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (rehab after knee surgery) can still be found in the black and yellow hospital. Knee surgery) again.
With regard to the starting XI, Terzic actually has no reason for changes. However, it is conceivable that one or the other player will be given a break after the intense cup final. There are probably no changes on the defensive, where Lukasz Piszczek, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels and Raphael Guerreiro should again form the back four in front of Roman Bürki.
In midfield and on the offensive, the head coach has a few options to choose from. If Terzic changes his game system from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 system, captain Marco Reus runs up as a classic ten. In the central midfield, Jude Bellingham and Mahmoud Dahoud could be preferred to Emre Can and Thomas Delaney. Giovanni Reyna, who only played as a joker in the cup final, could occupy the two offensive flanks with Jadon Sancho. The starting line-up is completed by Erling Haaland.
Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Bellingham, Dahoud – Reyna, Reus, Sancho – Haaland