After surviving Corona infection, BVB defender Manuel Akanji is back in the BVB game day frame. On time for the derby against FC Schalke 04, the Swiss returned to team training on Thursday. In the interview, the 25-year-old spoke about the importance of the derby and the fluctuations in performance of the Dortmund.
Actually, all the experts expected that BVB coach Lucien Favre would not bet on Akanji after only two training days in the precinct. This may have changed dramatically after becoming aware of the Corona disease of Emre Can on Friday afternoon. The German national player definitely misses the BVB for the game against Schalke after a closed red lock in Rom e.
“I feel good, I have good fitness values,” Akanji explained before the derby “picture”. The decision whether he actually goes back to the starting eleven, but it is “of course with the coach.” Favre will probably In the short term, the Swiss have to decide between Thomas Delaney and his teammate. Already in Hoffenheim and Rome, the Danish helped out in the unusual position in the rear row of the BVB.
Akanji warns against Schalke
Before the match against the royal flowers, Akanji advised his team to challenge the current table-17. to take the Bundesliga seriously: “The derby is always very, very important”, also the Confederate in Westphalia knows.
“We have to go fully focused on the matter. If we succeed, I am sure we will get the three points,”says the Swiss. Although the district rival is not going through a good phase at the moment, he expects “the punks are trying to take us out of the concept. They also still have good players who can make the difference.”Therefore,”Schalke also has no pity, they still have a good team.”
Borussia Dortmund shows two faces early in the season. After winning the Cup and the league against Gladbach, the BVB first lost in Augsburg and shortly afterwards the Super Cup game against FC Bavaria. Two more league victories against Freiburg and Hoffenheim were followed by the unquestionable performance at the Champions League opening, when the BVB went down with 1:3 against Lazio Rome.
BVB roller coaster ride: “It’s hard to explain”
The continuing fluctuations in the performance of the black-yellow are apparently also a mystery for Akanji.” It is difficult to explain this,”commented the Swiss national player the result roller coaster of the BVB. In any case, it did not fail at the will of the team.”Unfortunately, the plan does not always work. On the one hand, it is up to the opponent, but also to ourselves”.
For the game of the games in the precinct on Saturday evening (18:30 o’clock), the Dortmund Plan against the crispy archrival from Gelsenkirchen for Akanji means first of all:”We must be ready for 100 percent, because we know what awaits us.”