DHis bitter lesson in the Champions League was followed by bad news from the medical department. At Borussia Dortmund, the recent failure of Erling Haaland causes similar dismay as the historic 0: 4 on Tuesday in Amsterdam. “Erling was really down. It’s not good for us and not for the boy that he is already out again, ”complained BVB coach Marco Rose.
Only a week after his acclaimed comeback in the game against Mainz, when he contributed to his team’s 3-1 with two goals, the Norwegian is out again. “Erling will be absent for a few weeks. He has an injury to his hip flexor. It will take a little time, ”said Rose. The coach left it open whether there was a connection to the old injury (thigh contusion): “It’s the same thigh, but a different place. Erling was really happy that he was back and that he felt really good after the game against Mainz. “
The lack of the indispensable striker is likely to complicate Borussia’s efforts to get back on track to success after Amsterdam as quickly as possible. Especially since the two full-backs Thomas Meunier (bruised foot) and Nico Schulz (torn muscle) were injured on Tuesday and will be canceled for the game on Saturday (3:30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) in Bielefeld.
Rose hopes that his team will react defiantly: “It’s about sharpening our focus, moving a little closer together and not moaning. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be confident. We have already shown this year that we can deal with resistance. ”According to Rose, the game in Amsterdam was thoroughly dealt with in a long team meeting:“ Nobody wanted or needed this evening. Now we have to react well and do things better again. “
The coach recalled the good start to the season. “We have to work on making our situation in the Bundesliga as positive as we have done so far. It’s the chance for the guys in the back to show themselves. “
But Borussia are slowly running out of alternatives, especially on the offensive, because Giovanni Reyna and Youssoufa Moukoko are also not available in Bielefeld. “It will be very thin offensively. We have to tinker with it, ”commented Rose. Regardless of the growing shortage of personnel, he warned of the qualities of the previous bottom from the table from East Westphalia, who has not yet won a win and is expecting 25,000 spectators on Saturday: “The Alm is burning. Bielefeld is an unpleasant opponent who is very strong at fighting and running. We know what to expect. “