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Lucien Favre refuses to rule out Dortmund’s title hopes

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Lucien Favre refuses to give up on the hope of Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga ahead of the final three matches.

Dortmund find themselves two points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who can secure a seventh consecutive league crown by winning all three of their final games.

Therefore, BVB cannot afford any slip-ups following last weekend’s 4-2 derby defeat to Schalke 04. Fortunately, Bayern were held to a 1-1 draw at second-bottom FC Nurnberg and so only extended their lead by another point.

Aside from sparing Dortmund’s title hopes, though, Favre feels Bayern’s draw at Nurnberg proves that the impossible can happen.

Therefore, the Swiss coach is feeling a sense of renewed optimism as Dortmund prepare to travel to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

“It was not planned that Bayern would only draw in Nuremberg,” said the BVB boss, as quoted by the Bundesliga website.

“Now everything is possible again. It’s our obligation to give everything, it’s simple.”

He added: “The players see the table, they have seen Bayern in Nuremberg, everything is different after this result. They’re not stupid, they know everything is possible, we have to win this game.”

Meanwhile, Marius Wolf and captain Marco Reus will both be serving suspensions for Dortmund’s trip to Bremen.

“There’s not much point talking about it. Marco is suspended but will, fortunately, be available for the last Bundesliga match,” said Favre.

Wolf’s suspension could see Lukasz Piszczek return from injury to take up the right-back spot for Dortmund.

The 33-year-old Pole has endured an injury-ridden campaign, with just five appearances to his name in 2019.

“He’s trained with us the whole week and will do so again today. Then we’ll need to see whether it’s enough,” Favre said on Piszczek.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 09: Lukasz Piszczek of Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on February 09, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)