Dortmund (dpa) – You really can’t speak of simple working conditions at Borussia Dortmund this season. The whirl of coach Lucien Favre has just subsided, there is once again trouble for top scorer Jadon Sancho.
In turbulent times, BVB has to win against the team of the hour. Against Hertha BSC and his new successful coach Bruno Labbadia, Favre has to consolidate the new season goal second place, otherwise the mood against the Swiss should come up again immediately. “We are currently second and would also like to finish there at the end,” said sports director Michael Zorc before the Bundesliga top game on Saturday (6.30pm).
Even one point against the formally strong Berliners, who are still undefeated under the responsibility of Labbadia and scored ten points from four games with 11-2 goals, could not be enough. With a clear victory against the last Paderborn, Leipzig could otherwise pass BVB. As a precautionary measure, it seems that Favre will get support from Labbadia before the game. “Lucien Favre is doing an outstanding job,” said the new Hertha coach. “If you see the point cut – but also how they play football.”
Not everyone sees it that way in the BVB environment. The fact that the championship after the 0: 1 against Bayern is also decided in the opinion of the BVB leadership, gnaws at those responsible. Up until 6: 1 at Pentecost in Paderborn, rumors arose that Favre could not be kept after the end of the season. Another win against Hertha would keep calm at least on this point.
Labbadia, who has never won in Dortmund as a coach in seven attempts so far, is shrinking despite the run of his team. “Borussia is equipped with individuals who have something extraordinary. Many can decide a game on a single action,” said the 54-year-old.
However, these individual experts are causing grief again in Dortmund. This week, photos on Instagram caused a stir that a star hairdresser had posted there. Obviously Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel, among others, received a visit from a hairdresser and thereby violated the hygiene measures of the German Football League. Both the player and the scene hairdresser without a protective mask posed in the photos.
“We spoke to the players about it again very clearly and clearly explained how they should behave. We also spoke to the hairdresser. I don’t understand why you have to take pictures of them,” Zorc complained . However, the players and the hairdresser had confirmed to him in the conversation that they had complied with all the regulations and had only taken off the masks for the photos. The club was on the defensive primarily because of Sancho’s participation.
Sancho again and again. In October, the 20-year-old Englishman ignored a change of dates after an international match and came back one day late. This earned him an internal team suspension for the first leg against Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It’s about team hygiene,” Zorc said at the time.
At the end of November, Sancho probably missed a meeting and only had to be on the bench in the Champions League at FC Barcelona – after his substitution, he scored to 1: 3. His mistakes are reminiscent of the escapades of the former BVB stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (now at Arsenal) or Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona).
Dortmund are more lenient with Sancho. Because of its age. And because of his skill. “I can’t control everything,” said Favre of the recent hairdresser incident. “He is young, we were all young, 18, 19 or 20 years old. But he shouldn’t do that, that’s for sure.”
Sancho is the third-best scorer in the league with 17 goals and the best scorer (34) – ahead of Bavaria’s superstar Robert Lewandowski (33). Simply doing without Sancho is forbidden, as long as he doesn’t really afford anything serious. Especially since the young star could also give Dortmund a huge transfer fee. Rumors of Real Madrid’s interest in the top talent of the Bundesliga have only just started to emerge.