Dortmund scouting report: Mixed feelings
Borussia Dortmund have got back on track since appointing Peter Stöger as coach – but inconsistency remains an issue.
Looking purely at the numbers, Peter Stöger could probably not have imagined a better start to his tenure as Dortmund coach: ten games, five wins, five draws and no defeats is his record in the Bundesliga.
On top of that, key players like Marco Reus, summer signing Maximilian Philipp and captain Marcel Schmelzer have returned to fitness. That’s also one of the reasons why Dortmund have conceded an average of less than one goal per game under Stöger. Portugal international Raphael Guerreiro could become the next player to make his comeback on Sunday following his thigh injury.
Disappointing defeat in midweek
Impressive stats, but the mood is not completely positive in the Ruhr region. The Black and Yellows’ star-studded attack featuring Reus, Mario Götze and André Schürrle behind frontman Michy Batshuayi is not delivering enough at the moment. They were also partly at fault for Thursday’s 2-1 defeat against Salzburg in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 tie. They’ll be looking to change that against Eintracht.
Three to watch
Reus has impressed since his return from a long-term knee injury, scoring in each of his last three Bundesliga appearances. Overall, the Germany international has been involved in four goals in seven games in all competitions since his comeback.
Philipp made his comeback from injury as a substitute at Leipzig last weekend after three months on the sidelines. The 24-year-old, who has scored six goals this season, gives Stöger yet another top-quality option in attack for the rest of the campaign.
Right-back Lukasz Piszczek made his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht in August 2007. The 32-year-old missed a large part of the first half of this season through a ligament injury but he has not lost in his last 30 Bundesliga games, covering a period of over 15 months. The last time he was on the losing side was a 2-1 defeat on 26 November 2016 – at Frankfurt.