Champions League Dortmund v Monaco
At the time of renewal, it can be said that Lucien Favre’s ideas are being implemented and absorbed quickly and in the best way. As? With the results in sight.
Borussia Dortmund reach this match without defeat in the menu of 2018/19 so far, has already won six and has drawn only two games away from the Bundesliga against Hannover and Hoffenheim.
Still, Favre’s side are already leading the Bundesliga with 14 points, 1 more than Bayern, who drew and lost in the last two games, slippery that Dortmund took advantage of and how.
In the middle of last week, he rushed down Nürnberg at home to a 7-0 win over the newly promoted team, and on Saturday bolstered confidence and moods with a spectacular 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen.
It was that the first part belonged to the men of the house, who left for the interval to win 2-0, but in the second the reaction of Dortmund was demolishing, managed to reach the turnaround and still won by the referred result.
In the Champions League, they had difficulties but managed to take the three points of the trip to Belgium to face Club Brugge.
Pulisic leapt out of the bench in a confused and even fortuitous move, to score the win of the Germans, who thus will occupy the second place of Group A, with the same 3 points of Atletico Madrid.
Ömer Toprak is the only confirmed low in Dortmund, who has Mario Götze, Sebastian Rode, Jeremy Toljan and Lukasz Piszczek in doubt.
Dortmund (11 likely): Bürki; Hakimi, Akanji, Diallo, Schmelzer; Witsel, Delaney; Pulisic, Reus, Sancho; Fortress.
The Monaco by Leonardo Jardim is having a vintage start to forget. In 10 official matches, they only managed to win in their Ligue 1 debut at the home of Nantes, having even scored six defeats in all competitions.
With the most recent defeat in Championnat, Monaco fell to 18 th place, which gives access to the relegation playoff, registering only 6 points, the same of Nantes, 19th and penultimate, and 2 more than red lantern Guingamp.
On the opening day of this group stage, Monaco even got better, scored first in the reception to Atletico Madrid by Grandsir at 18 ‘.
Still, despite having tried to split the game and try to score a positive result, the Spaniards were better and managed to operate the turnaround still before the break, with goals from Diego Costa and Jose Maria Giménez.
After that defeat, Monaco have already played three games for the French championship, drawing 1-1 at Nimes (1-1) and losing to Angers (0-1 at home) and Saint-Étienne (0-2 away) ).
They are already eight consecutive games without any triumph, for a team that aspires to the first places of the table in the Ligue 1.
Part of this failure is due to the absences that Jardim has had to manage. Injured or unfit, the following players should be kept out of the options:
Stevan Jovetic, Ronael Gabriel, Rony Lopes, Pietro Pellegri, Danjiel Subasic and Willem Geubbels.
Monaco (11 likely): Benaglio; Sidibé, Glik, Kherson, Henrichs; Tielemans, Aholou; Grandsir, Golovin, Chadli; Hawk.
Theoretically, the Germans have everything to win this game and do it with relative ease. The moment of form pays all in favor of Dortmund, the levels of trust equally, but I believe that this may be a game where Monaco leaves for a turning point, even if they can not avoid defeat.
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The pressure to win the three points will be on the side of the team of Lucien Favre, may even accuse some easiness before a Monaco shattered by the poor start to serve in Ligue 1, the question is that before the Atletico the French set did not give bad replica and has some men experienced in its ranks, able to give a good answer in an adverse environment.
I expect Monaco to offer a lot of fighting in a game where Dortmund will try to win and make six points from home and Monaco should look to defend well first and leave dangerously on the counterattack.
Leonardo Jardim is a trainer with a lot of experience accumulated in these wanderings, against Simeone sold face to defeat, here I hope that, at least, do the same.
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