Dortmund out to set record straight against Leipzig
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