Four games, no win – the recent away record has given BVB a better starting position in the long-distance duel with FC Bayern. Does the league second in Augsburg stumble again?
Masterful at home, weak nerves away – the recent record abroad gives Borussia Dortmund little courage for the long-distance title duel with FC Bayern, which is only one point better.
However, coach Edin Terzic is optimistic that his team will find more power outside of their own stadium. A success on Sunday (5.30 p.m. / DAZN) at FC Augsburg would give football fans the most exciting showdown in years. “That’s something that hasn’t existed here for a long time. That we can still achieve the really big thing before the 33rd matchday. I’m happy about that every day. That the flags are back in the front yards,” enthused Terzic.
Without the disappointing performances at FC Schalke (2:2), FC Bayern (2:4), VfB Stuttgart (3:3) and VfL Bochum (1:1), BVB would start the final sprint from pole position. If you add the defeats in the Champions League at Chelsea (0:2) and in the cup at RB Leipzig (0:2), the second in the Bundesliga has not won for six away games. Still, Terzic didn’t want to talk about a negative trend: “I have a problem attributing weaknesses away from home. If we want to achieve our big goal at the end of the season, we need six points. That includes the three points on Sunday in Augsburg.”
The reputation of the Augsburgers as a favorite fright, who defeated two top teams in front of their home crowd with FC Bayern (1-0) and Union Berlin (1-0), also sharpens the senses. “These are the games that suit them well this season. We have to be prepared for the fact that it will be an unpleasant task and we have been warned,” said Terzic. The fact that FC is still four points ahead of the relegation rank makes the task even more difficult, according to the BVB coach: “Augsburg is a team that always fights for every point until the end.”
BVB probably without Bellingham
Dortmund will probably have to do without Jude Bellingham in the final sprint for the Bundesliga title. “That’s a big question mark for the action at the weekend. He’s still in pain,” said coach Terzic. Because a knee injury from the last game against Mönchengladbach (5:2) is still causing problems for Bellingham, the 19-year-old England international has not yet completed a training session this week.
Bellingham, who is said to be on the verge of a move to Real Madrid in the summer, was treated on the pitch on his right knee by club doctors last Saturday after the game against Mönchengladbach. “We had hoped that the complaints would subside. But that didn’t happen,” said Terzic.
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