Dortmund scouting report: Best attack coupled with leakiest defence
One-time young Eagle Emre Can has been brought in to help BVB shore up their defence, but Lucien Favre’s team have no problems whatsoever at the other end of the pitch.
Third-placed Borussia are currently a mere four points off the top of the Bundesliga table. They registered eight wins, six draws and just three defeats in the first half of the season, putting them in fourth spot going into the winter break. They made a flying start to the second half of the campaign, defeating Augsburg away 5-3 before cruising past Cologne (5-1) and Union Berlin (5-0) at home.
Up front, BVB are currently sitting on 59 goals, making them the most dangerous attack in the league, but this can only hide their often leaky defence for so long. Last week, Borussia were knocked out of the DFB Cup after losing 3-2 at Werder Bremen, and a trip to Bayer Leverkusen then saw BVB ultimately go down 4-3 despite twice having the lead.
The first five matches of 2020 have seen Dortmund let in no fewer than 11 goals, and in the last match against Leverkusen, head coach Favre switched to a back four for the first time in a long while. BVB shipped another four goals, however, so Favre may be tempted to revert to the previous 3-4-2-1 formation against Frankfurt. If that is the case, it will be critical for the Eagles to keep tabs on the wonderkid pairing of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland up front.
One to watch: Emre Can
Can began his career in 2006 in the Eintracht youth system, making it up to U17 level before moving to Bayern Munich. He then moved on to Leverkusen, where he blossomed as a player and began to catch the eye abroad. The versatile 26-year-old ended up at Liverpool in 2014 and helped Jürgen Klopp’s side return to the Champions League in 2017.
The following year saw him head to Turin, where he won the Italian Serie A with Juventus. He returned to Bundesliga duty just a fortnight ago and played almost the full 90 minutes against Leverkusen in Dortmund’s most recent league match, finding the back of the net for his new club to make it 2-1.