Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has played the ball back to the players, coaches and consultants after the criticism of the Champions League reform. Although the 58-year-old understands the displeasure with the bloated appointment calendar, he also sees the professionals as having an obligation. Meanwhile, coach Edin Terzic indicated that Jadon Sancho would return to the starting lineup against VfL Wolfsburg.
“I’ve heard from many players and coaches that there are too many games and that more restraint would be required,” said Zorc at a press conference on Friday: “But then from the club’s point of view I would like to add that I also have this restraint in the contract talks with their consultants. “
Among other things, national player Ilkay Gündogan had vented his anger at the Champions League reform. “With all the talk about the Super League, could we also talk about the new Champions League format? More and more and more games, nobody thinks of us players?” Wrote the midfield strategist of Manchester City on Thursday Twitter.
The new mode of the Champions League provides for an increase from the current 32 to 36 participants from 2024. According to this, each club will play ten group games against ten opponents drawn on the basis of a seeding list according to the so-called “Swiss model”. For Zorc, the reform “naturally represents a compromise. From a purely sporting point of view, I’m not a fan of it”. You need a “healthy balance. But I wouldn’t throw out the baby with the bath water now.”
Wolfsburg – BVB: Sancho makes an “excellent impression”
The 38-year-old left it open whether Jadon Sancho will be an option again for Saturday (3:30 p.m. in LIVETICKER) Sancho celebrated his comeback on Wednesday after a seven-week injury break against Union Berlin (2-0) and “made an excellent impression. If he plays like that and is so hardworking, he will be able to help every team in the world.” For the yellow-banned Mats Hummels, the recovered Thomas Delaney will most likely move into the squad.
Thanks to two wins in the English week, BVB has moved up to four points on Eintracht Frankfurt in the battle for the Champions League, Wolfsburg are five points ahead of the black and yellow. “With a view to Wolfsburg, it’s a final. Depending on what Frankfurt does in Leverkusen, a lot can happen.”
Zorc described Wolfsburg as “one of the surprises of the season”. Oliver Glasner’s team is “a well-structured, physically strong team that doesn’t overdo things in the game. But they play very disciplined and certainly benefit from the lack of double work.”