U23s looking for ninth win in a row

2024-02-12 01:30 PM by Borussia Dortmund–  2m read

The Borussia Dortmund U23s have gone eight games unbeaten in the 3. Liga and are looking to add more points to their tally in their game in hand on Tuesday (kick-off: 19:00 CET) against Preußen Münster at the Rote Erde. The away side are on a good run themselves, having gone five games without defeat. Head coach Jan Zimmermann is expecting "tricky opponents".

Zimmermann's young charges won the most recent meeting between the two sides in Dortmund in November 2020, claiming a 2-0 victory in a match played under Covid-19 conditions and without spectators in the stadium. One of the goalscorers that day was captain Franz Pfanne. The native of Saxony needs just eleven more games for the Black and Yellows to go clear for most 3. Liga appearances by a BVB player. Ex-BVB player Marc Hornschuh is currently top of that list, having represented BVB 101 times in the 3. Liga. Ole Pohlmann is also just three games behind Pfanne.

Head coach Jan Zimmermann will have to reshuffle his team once again, as Julian Hettwer's red card against at Viktoria Köln last Friday and a fifth yellow card for Franz Roggow mean the pair will not be available for the match. "We will make some changes, but that is perfectly normal when you have a midweek game. We need to weigh up our options carefully. It is a fine line, because we are currently working very well as a team and playing as a unit," said Zimmermann about the need to replace the players who will miss the game. Of the other suspended and injured players, only midfielder Abdoulaye Kamara will return, but he will be restricted to "no more than a brief appearance". 

The Prussians travel to Dortmund on a run of fine form. Sascha Hildmann's team have gone five games without defeat and showed their quality in the derby against Bielefeld and in the game with Rot-Weiß Essen. "Münster are enjoying a great season for a newly promoted side," said Zimmermann praising the away side. "They are a tricky opponents. They are very compact, they run a lot, they are aggressive and dangerous from set-pieces. They won't make it easy for us," said the BVB coach, analysing the upcoming opposition, who lie eleventh in the table.

Kick-off is at 19:00 CET at the Rote Erde. Tickets for the 3. Liga game are available in the online ticket shop and at the box office. Nearly 5,200 tickets have already been sold: "It should be a great atmosphere and an intense game," said captain Pfanne, looking forward to the match.

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