Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has played down the significance of his sides Champions League game with Inter Milan.
Favre’s side has been far from their best so far this season. Yet still managed to churn out results.
They are fourth in the Bundesliga, only one point from the top spot, and are top of their Champions League Group F.
Inter, on the other hand, are second in Serie A one point off leaders Juventus and are bottom of Group F without a win.
Favre however, has been hit hard by injuries this week.
Captain Marco Reus out, as well as Marcel Schmelzer and Paco Alcacer. There are ow concerns over keeper Roman Burki too.
According to Football Italia, he told the waiting press in the pregame conference, that it was still early days in the competition.
The game is not as decisive as everyone was making out.
“Every team has strengths and weaknesses.”
“What Antonio Conte said is right, we are early in the group and anything could still happen.”
“There are another four matches to play, we want to qualify, but have to take it one game at a time.”
Favre has done his homework and is well prepared for the opponent, but his focus on his team.
“We’re up against a strong Inter side who impressed against Juventus and we also saw their 4-3 win at Sassuolo on Sunday.”
“Antonio Conte’s men play with a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation this season.”
“We know them well, they are very efficient and can also defend stoutly, but every team has its strengths and weaknesses.”
The Dortmund boss knows his team and has every confidence in his squad, but is keeping his cards close to his chest.
“We must concentrate on the players who are available and not discuss those who unfortunately are not here.”
“We all know what happened with Jadon Sancho, but he is with us here today.”
“We have alternatives for every player and have already discussed this. I won’t tell you who is or isn’t playing.”
On the domestic form, there is no much to separate the two, on Champions League form Dortmund must be the firm favorites.
Having said that, the missing influence of their captain Marco Reus will be significant.
While Favre claims to have alternatives, how do you really replace a player of Reus’s quality an impact on a game?