Borussia Dortmund will be battling it out on two fronts in September, with the UEFA Champions League set to make its return to the Westfalenstadion.
The Black and Yellows suffered a group stage exit from Europe’s biggest club competition last season, and will be aiming to make it through to knockout phase this time around. Lucien Favre’s men will play a total of five games in two competitions this month. So let us take a look at what lies ahead for Borussia Dortmund in what promises to be a busy September.
Following the international break, Borussia Dortmund will return to the Westfalenstadion to take on Eintracht Frankfurt (Sept 14). Last season’s surprise packages have made a disappointing start to their new campaign, having lost head coach Niko Kovac to Bayern Munich. Despite their woes, Frankfurt have a decent squad and can cause plenty of problems to Borussia Dortmund.
Following that, Borussia Dortmund will make their UEFA Champions League return away to Club Brugge (Sept 18). The Belgian First Division champions will be aiming to cause an upset and Dortmund will have to be on their game to beat them.
The focus will then turn to the Bundesliga once again as Dortmund travel to TSG Hoffenheim (Sept 22). Julian Nagelsmann will want to finish in the top four once again and will be aiming for a repeat of last season’s fixture, which saw them triumph 3-1.
The Hoffenheim fixture will mark the start of the “English week” for Borussia Dortmund, which will see them play three league matches in one week. Der BVB have a mid-week clash at home against 1. FC Nürnberg (Sept 26). Lucien Favre’s men will be confident of getting all three points against the newly promoted side.
Dortmund’s final game of September will see them take on Bayer Leverkusen (Sept 29). Leverkusen have lost both of their league games so far, but have enough quality in their squad to turn things around.
September promises to be a tricky month for Borussia Dortmund, with games coming thick and fast. But if the Black and Yellows can have a good September, it will set them up nicely for the months ahead.