Marco Rose backs coaching team to get the job done against Bochum despite his suspension

Marco Rose with René Marić and Alexander Zickler (Photo by Esra Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Marco Rose with René Marić and Alexander Zickler (Photo by Esra Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) /

Marco Rose is confident that his coaching team can lead Borussia Dortmund to victory in his absence this weekend against VfL Bochum. 

Borussia Dortmund will have to make do without the suspended Marco Rose this weekend. The BVB head coach was sent off in last weekend’s Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich after receiving two yellow cards for his protests against some of referee Felix Zwayer’s decision making.

As a result of his sending off, Rose will now be absent from the touchline for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga derby against VfL Bochum on Saturday. The 45 year old will not be able to have any contact with the team over the course of the game. But he is confident that assistant coaches Alexander Zickler and René Marić can lead the team to victory despite his suspension this weekend.

"“It’s not a big issue for us in terms of preparation because we work hand in hand anyway,” Rose said during his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “The only thing I can’t do is intervene directly in and around the game, but everything else – opponent preparation, team meeting in the hotel – is fine.”“I have great confidence in the coaching team and in the players that we can make it work like this.”"

Borussia Dortmund find themselves four points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings heading into the final three games of the calendar year. The Black and Yellows face a tough test in the Bundesliga this weekend against VfL Bochum.

Last season’s 2. Bundesliga champions have won three of their last four games and are up to tenth place in the Bundesliga standings. This weekend’s game will also be a local derby, with just 17 kilometers separating the two teams.

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Borussia Dortmund may have to make do without Donyell Malen on Saturday, as the forward fell ill this week. Manuel Akanji is also sidelined, and Gio Reyna is not expected to be ready for action before the winter break either. But Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt could return to the squad against Bochum.