Borussia Dortmund will play against Schalke 04 on Saturday in Ruhr derby. Dortmund’s coach Peter Bosz will be in dugout for his first Ruhr derby, but it may become his last. The Dutch coach and former Ajax manager is having a trouble time since taking helm at Dortmund and after defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in Champions League, his exit has become almost certain.
Dortmund is going through a rough patch. They have lost three consecutive Bundesliga matches and their home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in Champions League shown them the exit door from the group stage. They are winless in their last five games in all competition and Champions League exit at this early stage has shattered the confidence of the team.
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Bosz needs to put some confidence in his players before going into Ruhr derby atmosphere. He has nothing to back on his players as his team has suffered defeat against Hannover, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart in their last three Bundesliga outings. However, he could reaffirm his side to bring back the performances they showed during first six matches earning them the top spot on Bundesliga table.
Schalke, on the other hand is going strong. They are second on the points table behind only Bayern Munich sharing equal points with third place RB Leipzig. Ruhr derby hold a very important place in Schalke and Dortmund’s fans heart, and Schalke would love to capitalize on Dortmund’s dismal run to register their first Ruhr derby victory since 2012.
Dortmund don’t have a successor at the point, but Bosz knows his time is limited at the club. He said in his pre-match press conference, “I know it’s important that we beat Schalke – for my position as well. We simply have to win.”
The Yellow & Blacks continues to suffer due to injury and a troubled boss always wants his top players on the pitch. Marco Reus, Sebastian Rode, Eric Durm and Lukasz Piszczek is still out injured, but American teenager Christian Pulisic may return for the Ruhr derby.
Mario Gotze needs to find his footing again and serve his beloved club in absence of big stars. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is back into scoring goals but he needs support at back. Dortmund has conceded 12 goals in their last five outings and it’s a concern for the team. Gotze furious after defeat against Spurs said, “We have simply got to defend better as a team and all of us need to take responsibilities for that.”