Kapitän Marco Reus and young star Erling Haaland cheered arm in arm. Thanks to a successful co-production of the two substitute match winners, Borussia Dortmund has established itself in the top group of the Bundesliga. The 20-year-old Norwegian prepared the winning goal from national player Reus (76th minute) to make it 1-0 (0-0) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. The two Jokers ensured a successful dress rehearsal before the Champions League kick-off on Tuesday at Lazio Rome. However, the game was overshadowed by the corona situation in both teams.
Hoffenheim’s Croatian top scorer Andrej Kramaric was absent after a positive test, as was Ghanaian Kasim Adams, as TSG confirmed. In addition, the Czech Pavel Kaderabek is also in quarantine due to a case in the family. “I was still in contact with all three guys today, they’re all fine. You are at home, adhere to the quarantine regulations, ”said sports director Alexander Rosen before the kick-off on Sky. Hoffenheim’s coach Sebastian Hoeneß did not want to speak of a shock, “but Andrej is basically an extremely important player for us who is always able to make the difference”.
The failure of Kramaric (six goals this season) hurt Hoffenheim in particular. BVB did not have the specter of the last encounter in front of them: The 29-year-old scored all four goals in the 4-0 win in Dortmund in June. The duel between the top strikers Kramaric and Haaland was canceled. Manuel Akanji had tested positive at BVB during the international break. “I think we have to be very careful. It is dangerous. There will be more cases, it is not good to travel, “said BVB coach Lucien Favre and said with a view to the league, which has to accept ever greater restrictions also with the spectators:” We have to keep trying to play for so long as possible.”
The Swiss left Reus and Haaland on the bench until the 64th minute. “He recently played three games in a row. We have to continue to be sensible, ”said Favre, after his 300th Bundesliga game, with a view to Haaland. Reus scored in front of 6030 admitted spectators in the Sinsheim stadium with his first goal since February. After the final whistle, sports director Michael Zorc was happy about the “offensive push” by the two jokers: “We had a lot of scoring opportunities and should have closed the bag earlier.
The 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna was part of the Dortmund starting line-up, as was the national player Julian Brandt, who was recently ignored. Emre Can moved back into the defense, which was quickly decimated after the absence of Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Nico Schulz: Lukasz Piszcek had to leave the field after only 20 minutes.
In the lively first round, TSG often missed the last pass, BVB the last determination in the opposing penalty area. Ex-Frankfurt Mijat Gacinovic already had the chance to take the lead in the fourth minute when he was on the ball with the tip of his foot after a wide cross from Robert Skov, but it went past the post. Sebastian Rudy made a decent comeback in the team of coach Sebastian Hoeneß after his return from Schalke 04. Shortly before the break, Dortmund increased the pressure: With Reyna’s shot after a fine dribbling of the talent, Skov just saved from the goal line. In addition, Thomas Meunier headed the top of the bar.
But not only Favre looked beyond the game. Several Bundesliga clubs expressed some clear criticism of the obligation to post their national players during the Corona crisis and called for a rethink. “This is an exclamation point that we now have to put, maybe as a league, maybe via the DFL, that we will act differently in the next second period,” said the Hoffenheim director Rosen on TV channel Sky. “If necessary, we have to think about it more intensively, not let the boys go.”
RB Leipzig missed the corona-infected Amadou Haidara against FC Augsburg. “When you see the increasing numbers, you have to think about whether it makes sense to turn off in the next period of dismissal,” demanded sports director Markus Krösche. “There must be a clear guideline from Fifa on how to do this with parking, especially in risk areas.”
Dozens of professionals from the Bundesliga have been on the road with their national teams in the past few weeks, some have traveled to corona risk areas and often played several games within a few days. “The clubs pay the players and work hard to ensure that the processes are carried out properly. And you have the feeling that the higher-level associations simply don’t care, ”said Rosen and criticized the behavior of some national associations. “It is not ideal for the players and for the clubs that the framework calendar is so tight,” said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl at Sky. “But we can’t change it. We have to deal with it, these are special challenges this season. “
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule for the 2020/21 season is extremely tight, and international matches are planned for November. Krösche considers it difficult for players to voluntarily waive these trips in times of pandemic. “It’s basically not the topic of the players,” he said. “We have to make a fundamental decision on how to deal with this situation. Above all, we clubs need the support of Fifa. So it’s difficult for us to leave the boys at home. “