Sporting Director of Football Michael Zorc made it clear that everyone at Dortmund is “unsatisfied” with the club’s current position.
Zorc and interhim head coach Edin Terzic were speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the team welcoming Hoffenheim to Signal Aduna Park on Saturday.
The press conference came in the midst of it being reported that Dortmund may have to sell players earlier than expected due to the financial affects of the pandemic.
German paper Waz, based in the Rhur, has reported that Dortmund have posted a deficit for the first time in 12 years largely due to coronavirus’ impact on football.
Instability is also swirling round Signal Aduna Park due to the form of certain players with suggestions Sancho is likely to be sold because of his recent showings for the BlackYellows.
Thomas Meunier , Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Roman Bürki out for Saturday. Hazard a doubt. Moukoko could start
It was Youssoufa Moukoko who made the difference on Saturday – although it wasn’t enough to stop Dortmund being on the end of a third defeat in five games.
Moukoko came on in the second half to score a powerful finish and reduce Freiburg’s lead to one in what was an historic occasion at Schwarzwald-Stadion, which saw the Breisgau Brazilians coach Christian Streich finally beat Dortmund on his 17th attempt.
Edin Terzic says due to Moukoko’s form and the form of others there’s every chance the 16-year-old will push for a place in the starting eleven on Saturday.
Terzic said: “Moukoko brought a lot of danger against Freiburg. Like every player after these recent poor results, he has legitimate hope of getting more playing time. Everyone can prove themselves.”
Hazard could make a long awaited return on Saturday.
Brother of Eden, the Belgian winger made a return from ‘muscular injuries’ in the DFB Pokal second round clash against Eintracht Braunschweig in December but re-injured himself during the game.
Terzic says Hazard hasn’t completed a full training session yet and it is not decided whether he will feature at the weekend.
Director of football Michael Zorc addressed the team’s catastrophic run of form that sees them a colossal 16 points behind leaders Bayern.
On Dortmund’s predicament Zorc said: “We’re unsatisfied with our current Bundesliga situation. There are two teams and four points between us and one UCL spot. The team is strong enough to achieve this goal.”
Sancho 90 per cent certain of leaving in next transfer window
Reports in the papers this week have suggested Dortmund are making lists of players to sell after the club returned a deficit in its finances for the first time in 12 years.
Dortmund reportedly lost $44m (£31m) last season and are projected to lose over $70m (£50m) this term due to the continued restriction on fans entering stadiums.
Most likely to leave is Jadon Sancho who Dortmund supposedly want to offload both to recover financially and also because of the forward’s recent form.
Dortmund are 90 per cent certain of pushing Sancho out and have even lowered the forward’s price tag from the £100m they expected Manchester United to pay last summer to £80m now.
Another player likely to leave is Erling Haaland. Haaland has around a £70m release clause in his contract that kicks in next summer which almost guarantees the Norwegian forward will move on.
Other players that could go include Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna, Jude Bellingham and Raphael Guerreiro.
Reyna, Bellingham (who only joined from Birmingham City this season), Guerreiro and Haaland have been placed in a list titled ‘medium-term’ departures meaning their sales are not as imminent as Sanchos’.
Borussia Dortmund v Hoffenheim, Bundesliga matchday 21, Sat 13th Feb, KO 2:30pm GMT.