Second-place Borussia Dortmund kept the pressure on league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, as they beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-0. The Bundesliga top teams will go head-to-head on Tuesday for a game that could decide this season’s championship.
However, the Black and Yellows have an injury concern as centre-back Mats Hummels had to be subbed off with a foot injury at halftime.
Sporting director Micheal Zorc told the club’s press officer after the game: “I just talked to the team doctor. Mats Hummels has had problems with his Achilles already from training but we’re hopeful that he can play on Tuesday.”
Hummels himself told reporters during the game that he isn’t threatened by injury for the Bayern game.
“Overall, a deserved win,” Zorc said about the 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena, adding: “We played very well in the first half, in the second half, we had to grind it out. Right after the break, we had a weaker period. Wolfsburg immediately had two scoring chances. Maybe we had to readjust after Hummels had to stay in the locker room due to injury. All in all, it was a good performance. It’s not easy to play in Wolfsburg, they also have a lot of individual class in their squad but all the game statistics underscore that we deserve the three points.”
Left wing-back Raphael Guerreiro scored the opener half an hour into the game but the match remained stingy as the hosts were probing for an equaliser until the 77th minute when right wing-back Achraf Hakimi finished off a counterattack, as substitute Jadon Sancho racked up his 16th assist of the season.
It was the third goal in two games since the league restart for the Portuguese defender. “Raphael Guerreiro hasn’t only been playing a good season since the restart. The other wing-back was also on the scoresheet today. Both wing-backs won us the game today,” the 57-year-old manager said.
Dortmund have managed to hit the ground running, beating Ruhr rivals Schalke 0-4 and a formidable Wolfsburg team 2-0. Though Zorc did not want to make a definitive statement about BVB’s form ahead of the Bayern game.
He said: “As I said after the Schalke game, you never really know where the team stands after such a long break, so it’s good that our team has been on point so far. But it’s only been two games, seven are to go and Bayern Munich come in four days. Ask me again later.”