Dortmund Look To Haaland To Help Reboot Bundesliga Title Bid
Muhammad Rameez 12 days ago Thu 13th February 2020 | 11:00 PM
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Feb, 2020 ) :Borussia Dortmund must tighten their defence and trust teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland to provide the goals at Bundesliga giant-killers Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday after a "week to forget".
Dortmund conceded two goals inside 82 seconds late on during last Saturday's 4-3 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen which left senior club bosses fuming.
After eight goals in his four previous games, it was the first time new signing Haaland, 19, had failed to score for Dortmund.
"We're conceding too many goals, which often means we lose the reward for our work as we're scoring enough," said sporting director Michael Zorc.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has been correcting defensive flaws in training after neither Manuel Akanji nor centre-back partner Mats Hummels covered themselves in glory in Leverkusen.
"It takes time to correct a few things, but it's coming," said Favre, who comes under more pressure with each defeat.
January signing Emre Can urged his teammates to "play dirty -- a foul here, defend better there".
Eintracht welcome back Dutch striker Bas Dost after a stomach bug kept him sidelined for last weekend's 5-0 thumping of Augsburg.
One to watch: Alexander Nouri The spotlight falls on Hertha Berlin's new caretaker coach for Saturday's league game at bottom side Paderborn after Jurgen Klinsmann's midweek bombshell, with the former Germany striker quitting after just 10 weeks in charge.
Having agreed to coach Hertha for the rest of the season, Klinsmann explained his abrupt decision by hinting at a power struggle with Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.
However, Hertha investor Lars Windhorst issued a damning rebuke of Klinsmann's behaviour.
"You can do that in your youth, but not in professional business, where you have to fulfil agreements," said the wealthy businessman.
Nouri, who has been sacked by Bremen and second-division Ingolstadt in recent seasons, has his work cut out rebuilding confidence as last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Mainz pushed Hertha towards the relegation places.
7 - Goals Dortmund have conceded in their last two games.
Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated) Friday Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt (1930) Saturday RB Leipzig v Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim v VfL Wolfsburg, Augsburg v Freiburg, Paderborn v Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1730)SundayCologne v Bayern Munich, Mainz 05 v Schalke 04 (1700)