Dort­mund out to set record straight against Leipzig

Weekly Trust - - Euro-Round Up -

Borus­sia Dort­mund aim to beat sec­ond­placed RB Leipzig in the Bun­desliga today to avenge de­feat in their last en­counter and cut the pro­moted team’s sur­prise lead over the Ruhr val­ley club.

Leipzig beat Dort­mund 1-0 back in Septem­ber and have not looked back. Owned by en­ergy drinks maker Red Bull, they are in sec­ond place, three points be­hind lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich and 11 ahead of fourth-placed Dort­mund.

Dis­missed at the start of the sea­son by Dort­mund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke as a team set up merely “to sell soda cans”, Leipzig have won 11 of their last 13 league games to be­come the main chal­lengers to Bay­ern’s quest for a recordex­tend­ing fifth con­sec­u­tive league ti­tle.

That was the role that Dort­mund were sup­posed to play at the start of the sea­son. But Thomas Tuchel’s team have been as in­con­sis­tent in the Bun­desliga as they have been con­sis­tent in the Cham­pi­ons League, where they have ad­vanced to the knock­out stage.

“We are limp­ing a bit be­hind our ex­pec­ta­tions and we have the feel­ing that we have a few points less than we should have,” said Tuchel. Dort­mund have won just one of their last five league matches.

“We know we are in a po­si­tion to get those points back even though it will be a long road and it will be hard.”

Leipzig have won five of their nine away matches this sea­son and lost just twice on the road.

They are, how­ever, likely to be with­out their top striker Timo Werner, with the 20-year-old, who has scored 11 times so far, miss­ing train­ing through ill­ness.

At­tack­ing mid­fielder Emil Fors­berg is ruled out, still serv­ing out a sus­pen­sion, with Davie Selke a can­di­date to re­place Werner and part­ner Yusuf Poulsen up front.

Borus­sia Dort­mund strik­ers, Pierre Em­er­ick Aubameyang (R) and An­dre Schuer­rle cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing a goal in the Bun­desliga

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