Lucien Favre heaps praise on Julian Brandt, admits Borussia Dortmund system does not suit Mario Götze

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre has heaped praise on Julian Brandt, lauding his ability to play different positions in different systems.

Julian Brandt made a stunning return to action last weekend, as he orchestrated Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Schalke 04, getting two assists and two pre-assists. And head coach Lucien Favre was full of praise of the Dortmund playmaker during his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Wolfsburg.

“Julian Brandt is able to play many different positions in different systems. That shows great quality,” Favre said. “Playing in a 4-3-3 is not the same as playing in a 3-4-3, playing on the wings or between the lines. He does this very well. He is performing very well. He has to keep up his development like it is right now.”

Michael Zorc also heaped praise on Brandt, saying, “He is a fantastic player – that’s why we tried so hard for him and finally signed him for BVB. I have not seen many players with his potential, but of course he can still get better.”

Despite a slow start to his Dortmund career, Brandt has been enjoying a stellar debut campaign following his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen. The 24 year old has seven goals and ten assists in all competitions.

On the other hand, Mario Götze only came on for the last four minutes of the Schalke game, and has been limited to just 20 appearances this season, with most of them coming from the bench. His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and Götze is widely expected to leave the Black and Yellows on a free transfer in the summer.

And Lucien Favre cast further doubt on his future, by admitting that the team’s current formation does not suit the 2014 World Cup winner.

“Right now, we are playing 3-4-3, so, I have been talking to Mario Gotze, and unfortunately this is not the right system for him. You must say the truth about this. Of course, he is able to play on the left or right, but we will see. There are still many games ahead of us and we need to count on every single player.”

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Favre also confirmed during his press conference that Emre Can and Gio Reyna will be part of the Borussia Dortmund squad for Saturday’s trip to Wolfsburg. But the game comes too soon for Axel Witsel and Marco Reus, who remain out. Reus has yet to start training with the team, and it was reported earlier this week that there is a possibility that he could miss the rest of the season.

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