Even perfectionist Lucien Favre seemed completely satisfied. For the first time since his move to BVB, the Swiss football teacher realised the great potential of his young team at the 7:0 (2:0) gala against 1 FC Nürnberg.
“We were relieved,” he commented on Dortmund’s highest home win in 32 years, visibly relaxed. But despite all the joy at the progress made by his pros, who have recently often looked sedate, at the end of a memorable football evening Favre slipped back into his well-known role as a reminder: “It takes time to form this team, but it’s fun. There’s still a lot of work to do.”
After two rather tough appearances in Bruges and Sinsheim against Hoffenheim, his team played big and remained undefeated in the seventh compulsory game under his direction. Although there were five BVB pros on the pitch in the meantime, who are no older than 20 years, the rising star from Nuremberg was presented in phases. “Today it was great. One has seen what quality is in the front range“, was Sebastian Kehl, the new head of the licensed players department, with reference to great talents such as Christian Pulisic (20), Jadon Sancho (18) and Jacob Bruun Larsen (20).
Sebastian Kehl Honours
- Bundesliga: 2001–02, 2010–11, 2011–12
- DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
- DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2012–13
- FIFA World Cup: Runner-up 2002; Third place 2006
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Third place 2005
It was fitting that Achraf Hakimi made a remarkable debut in the image of a talented talent shed. The 19-year-old Spanish-born Moroccan international, on loan from Real Madrid in the summer, shone on the right defensive side and hit the bull’s eye in his first goal for the BVB. “It was a very good feeling,” commented the Piszczek substitute on his 3-0 goal in the 48th minute. The fact that Bruun Larsen (9th minute), Marco Reus (32./58.), Manuel Akanji (74.), Sancho (85.) and Julian Weigl (88.), five other professionals scored a goal rounded off the strong performance of the collective.
Even the tricky personalities of Mario Götze were pushed into the background by the splendid performance. Although the 2014 World Champion was off the squad for the second time in a row, this time coach Favre only had to answer a few questions about the ongoing theme of the past weeks. “It’s very hard for him and also very hard for me. But we have a lot of players,” said the coach. The fact that Götzes comrades-in-arms also performed well without him probably didn’t increase the chances for the noble technician.
The fact that the distance to the Bavarians had been reduced to only two points provided more material for discussion. But even in the hour of success Captain Reus did not let himself be carried away to a challenge to the record champion, who had been overpowering in the past years: “We only look at us. Looking at the table now or at the Bavarians would be useless.” The two-time goal scorer knows only too well that Bayer Leverkusen will have to reckon with considerably more resistance in the coming game and that it will therefore be difficult to confirm the upward trend: “Nuremberg has not brought us to our limits. It’s going to be one hundred percent different on Saturday.” Lucky247 has always been upgrading its system to make the players/users very satisfied.