Eintracht Frankfurt host Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Bundesliga spotlight, with each groups having fun with an enchancment in type after tough moments this season.
Regardless of sitting outdoors the Champions League locations in fifth, Dortmund have secured progress to the following spherical of Europe’s top-tier competitors and German Cup previously two weeks, together with placing 5 previous a hapless Stuttgart final weekend.
Dortmund’s spectacular fortnight received even higher on Tuesday, with the information that striker Sebastian Haller, at present present process therapy together with chemotherapy for testicular most cancers, returned to particular person coaching for the primary time since his analysis.
Frankfurt, who sit in fourth place within the desk, are on the cusp of becoming a member of Dortmund within the final 16 of the Champions League.
The Eagles must win away at Sporting Lisbon subsequent week to progress, though supervisor Oliver Glasner was cautious to not look too far over the horizon for the formidable membership.
“Wait, was Dortmund cancelled?” Glasner joked late on Wednesday when requested how he would put together his aspect for his or her essential subsequent fixture towards Sporting.
Talking after Frankfurt notched a 2-1 victory over Marseille, Glasner hoped his aspect might assist him obtain his private purpose of claiming at the very least a degree towards Dortmund.
“It is my fourth season in Germany and I have never scored a degree towards Dortmund but,” Glasner, who beforehand spent two seasons at Wolfsburg, advised the post-match press convention.
“It is a private purpose and I hope my boys will expertise that.”
Former Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze stated he was wanting ahead to a “gigantic” match this weekend.
“I spent my youth in Dortmund. I performed there for a few years and I had many good moments.”
Dortmund will wish to cease a worrying development at Frankfurt’s Waldstadion, with the Yellow and Blacks having misplaced their previous three Bundesliga video games away from dwelling.
Goetze will tackle Dortmund for the primary time since leaving for a second time in 2020.
The 2014 World Cup-winning ahead is in maybe his greatest type since his first stint on the Westfalenstadion earned him a controversial transfer to Bayern Munich, which derailed an in any other case promising profession.
Goetze performed his fiftieth Champions League sport on Wednesday, choosing up the man-of-the-match award within the course of and illustrating his significance to Frankfurt’s younger entrance line.
Since making the transfer from PSV Eindhoven to Frankfurt in the summertime, Goetze has served as a hyperlink man between the Eagles’ spectacular attacking trident of Daichi Kamada, Randal Kolo Muani and Jesper Lindstroem.