A victory is missing Borussia Dortmund at the end of a turbulent season nor the Champions League qualification. In front of their own audience, BVB could make everything clear on Saturday against FSV Mainz 05. “That,” says coach Peter Stöger before his possibly last home game at the Dortmund Bank, “would be a nice story.” For his team and the fans, but also for the Austrian himself, who has received public appreciation for his work only since the two good performances against Leverkusen (4: 0) and in Bremen (1: 1).
The 52-year-old must laugh when he reaches the question of a journalist on Thursday, when he wishes for a clarity of his – at least officially still open – future. “I have the unusual feeling that someone is worried about me,” Stöger replies after a brief pause in thought, to repeat the mantra of the past few weeks: “It’s all good, we’ve communicated everything clearly: I’m in for a job Having come here to qualify for the Champions League, that’s the only way we want to go. ” For him, therefore, nothing will change on Saturday: “I’ll do it like last time: I’ll have fun while going to the stadium and seeing the 80,000 people who have come to support BVB.”
Ideally, Stöger would like to give something back to the fans at the end of the Saturday working day. With a home win over the FSV, which gained some air in the relegation battle by a 3-0 victory over Leipzig last Sunday, the Borussia would be the repeated entry into the premier class no more. It could be celebrated carefree – actually for the first time in this season of trials and tribulations overshadowed.
“We would like to accept the feeling of reaching our destination at home, and we will work towards that,” says Stöger, who does not expect a walk, however: “We know that from a paper point of view, it is a far simpler task than it is in the Implementation will be. ” Mainz was well organized, waiting for switch-over and was also dangerous by standards. Also, there will be fewer rooms for his team than last against Leverkusen and Bremen. Stögers conclusion: “Work will come to us.”
Reus can play well – Kagawa still questionable
Contrary to the BVB coach, he can go largely without personal worries in the home final. Marco Reus did not work with the team on Wednesday either, “but I’m assuming that’s okay by Saturday,” says Stöger. A small question mark is also behind Shinji Kagawa, who on Tuesday managed a slight ankle problems and also could not train again.