FREIBURG – DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund were considered as Bayern Munich’s main rival for the Bundesliga crown before the start of the season. But things didn’t go that smoothly for Thomas Tuchel’s team, who is now fighting for a Champions League qualification for the next season. Now Dortmund are about to travel to Freiburg and they need a win, if they want to keep their third position in the standings, in front of Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha BSC.

 Freiburg are currently placed 9th in the standings, but they are just four points behind the 6th Hertha and the last spot which guarantees an Europa League qualification. The season is still not over for Freiburg, so against Borussia Dortmund they will try to bounce back to contention for somehing more than just a mid-table finish.

 The main thing which Borussia Dortmund lacks this season is consistency. Thomas Tuchel was given a great squad to work with, but it’s safe to say that his team underperformed so far in the season. Dortmund lost too many points this season, which is the main reason why the team is already out of the title race. Thomas Tuchel’s main goal right now should be a qualification for the Champions League and finding a better consistency next season.

 Against Freiburg Tuchel won’t be able to use three of his first team players, who are injured. Sebastian Rode, Mario Gotze and Sven Bender are all out for the visit to Freiburg. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ill, but his participation in the clash is still possible. His condition is about to be reviewed once again by the club’s doctors.

 Freiburg will be without the suspended Janik Haberer, while Pascal Stenzel is out until March with a shoulder injury. Håvard Nielsen, Jonas Meffert, Vincent Sierro and Marc-Oliver Kempf are all doubtful for the game.