Gotze probably doesn’t fit into favre’s bvb system any more

Gotze probably doesn't fit into favre's bvb system any more

For mario gotze is in the system of lucien favre probably still no place.

Before the opening game of the 3. Matchday against eintracht frankfurt on friday (20.30 o’clock) the primary question is not whether the winning goal scorer of the 2014 world cup final will be used for the first time in this bundesliga season for borussia dortmund. The question is whether the professional soccer player will sit on the bench or on the tribune.

At least that’s what his coach’s performance shows quite clearly. "The truth is: we have an enormous number of players in the midfield," favre replied when asked about gotze’s chances of playing: "we have eight or nine players. He can also play the nine and a half. But there we have kagawa and marco reus. That’s the truth, that’s the fact."

Favre is visibly annoyed by the questions about gotze. The swiss likes to talk about football, but most of all he should talk about a player for whom he has so far found no use. With a symbolic short-use he could calm the rumors a little bit. But favre is too much of a perfectionist for that. Gotze has to fit into the system, otherwise he won’t play.

BVB president reinhard rauball had placed himself in front of the ex-world champion for protection this week. "Mario doesn’t deserve to be criticized like this at the moment. He’s a great guy who’s also a high quality player," rauball told the bild newspaper, but also noted that "the question is how mario fits into his system."

Because the squad as a whole is very rough, favre is probably the bundesliga coach who is most excited about the dense schedule in the coming weeks. "We’re too many here," he explained in the face of 29 professionals. "You always have a problem, one or two are not part of the squad. Luckily we have a lot of games now." There will be seven in 23 days. Maybe at some point gotze will also be needed. "We need all the players," the coach asserted.

With a win against the DFB cup winners, BVB was able to advance on friday and, after a decent start with four points so far, take the lead in the standings for at least 19 hours. But favre does not yet want to promise rapturous football festivals. "We always want to win," the 60-year-old explained: "but we need time. And I need time to find the best system."

This also includes the question of whether the new signing from FC barcelona, paco alcacer, will make his compulsory match debut. In the test at third-league club osnabruck (6:0), the spaniard had no real connection to his teammates and remained without a goal. Favre was open to a call-up, but in principle he praised alcacer: "with him you can combine well, and he is clever in front of goal."

To the great surprise could become jakob bruun larsen. 19-year-old dane was already the big winner in preparation, then he got injured, now he made a lasting impression again with four goals against osnabruck. "We are very pleased that he is back," said favre only and grinned.

He considers the hessians "a good team," he says with a laugh. They are very dangerous."Although frankfurt has not scored in dortmund for seven years, favre’s colleague adi hutter was optimistic. "Hopefully this series will come to an end," he said: "we want to score points, even if it won’t be easy. I believe in my team."

The probable lineups:

Borussia dortmund: burki – piszczek, akanji, diallo, schmelzer – dahoud, witsel, delaney – reus, alcacer, bruun larsen

Eintracht frankfurt: trapp – da costa, abraham, russ, ndicka – torro, fernandes – muller, gacinovic, kostic – haller

Referee: benjamin cortus (rothenbach)

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