Edin Terzic has an uphill fight on his hands as he looks to turn round a four game losing streak against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Dortmund boss Terzic completed his final press conference before his squad fly out to Munich tomorrow.
One of the most telling points intimated in the press conference was Terzic’s uncertainty on the level of involvement of Sancho or Guerreiro after the pair came off with niggling injuries in the victory over Gladbach in the German Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night.
Goalscorer Sancho came off with twenty minutes to play at Borussia Park, whilst Guerreiro only lasted five minutes before being subbed off feeling his calf.
It will be a massive blow if neither player can start in the Allianz on Saturday.
Guerreiro has supplied three goals and eight assists from full-back this season whilst Sancho has come into his own since the turn of the year, being directly involved in fifteen goals in the last thirteen games.
On Sancho and Guerreiro’s fitness, Terzic said: “Both left the pitch injured, but we’ll have to wait and see. It could be tight for both of them, but we’re not giving up hope that they will fly to Munich with us tomorrow.”
The game comes too soon for centre-back Manual Akanji.
On better news for the BlackYellow, Thorgan Hazard continues to make his return from injury featuring in the German Cup quarters as a second half sub.
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Twenty-two of the last 26 Bundesliga titles have gone the way of either Bayern or Dortmund.
However this season the fight for the title will be participated between Bayern and one other – most likely RB Leipzig – after Dortmund’s catastrophic mid-season form has seen the BlackYellows drop to fifth in the table three points off the Champions League spots.
Even though it’s not a straight-out title decider, pressure is still high.
Dortmund are running out of games to secure their Champions League status whilst, if Bayern lose on Saturday and Leipzig win, Julien Nagelsmann’s team – which is run on a fraction of the budget of Bayern – could leap frog the Bavarian giants to top spot.
Dortmund have lost all of the last four matches against Bayern including this season’s Super Cup and the reverse league fixture on matchday seven, where Bayern edged out 3-2 winners.
Whilst Dortmund come into Saturday’s encounter on a four game win streak, BlackYellow manager Terzic says the match always proves a difficult occasion.
On Saturday’s fixture, Terzic said: “There will be phases where we have to fight hard. That counts even more when you play in Munich, but it does not rule out being brave and being dangerous. Small things like this make the difference in such close matches.
Sporting Director Michael Zorc added: “It’s still a special match in spite of a slightly different circumstances. In recent years, these games have been a preliminary factor in the championship. Nevertheless, there is a lot leading up to this match.”
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga matchday 24, Saturday 6th March, KO 1730 GMT.