Does Barca spare nine stars? BVB still hopes for a helping hand in the Champions League

Borussia Dortmund will not help the biggest wizardry against Slavia Prague if FC Barcelona gets stuck at the same time. But that's what it's all about.Siegen and hope for Messi – Borussia Dortmund looks in his "final" for the Champions League knockout round against Slavia Prague with one eye in pleading with the FC Barcelona. "I hope Barca takes his game seriously," said sporting director Michael Zorc admonishingly towards Catalonia – because without help of the already qualified world stars in the parallel game at Inter Milan helps on Tuesday (21:00 clock), the biggest BVB magic nothing.

But: It does not look too good. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde plans to save "up to nine stars" for the Clásico against Real Madrid next week, the sports newspaper "AS" reported on Monday. Among them, at least initially, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and just about everything else that has rank and name. One way or the other: "First we have to do our homework, then we'll see what happens in Milan," Zorc.Kehl warns against "unpleasant" opponent Inter is tied with the Dortmunders (both 7), but has the better balance of the two Duels (2: 0, 2: 3) in the group stage. "In the direct comparison against Inter perhaps not to get ahead, we have ourselves einrockt," said Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensing team. The wintering in the Europa League, however, is already secured, but not the claim. The calculation is simple: BVB has to score more points on Tuesday than Inter.What is in the immediate sphere of influence, is alone the game against the Czech champions, in which the Dortmund have won the first leg 2-0. It will not be easy, because Slavia, home in the after 19 games unbeaten league leaders, has scored both in Milan (1-1) and in Barcelona (0-0). In addition, BVB is missing Axel Witsel, who suffered facial injuries in a fall in his own home. "Prague are an unpleasant team," warned Kehl. The perfect position for Julian Brandt has finally been found? The trend is upwards, the wins at Hertha BSC (2: 1) and against Fortuna Dusseldorf (5: 0) have calmed the troubled sea. "There is not much to complain about, everything was very positive," said Zorc. "I'm very satisfied, even the journalists do not find much." After a shattering 3: 3 against SC Paderborn, a cleansing thunderstorm has been released. "We tackled a few things, and the tactical conversion with the triple chain gives us more stability," Kehl said. "In addition, one or the other gets better and better in shape." Especially Julian Brandt, the coach Lucien Favre sent this season like a pinball ball from position to position, seems to have finally found his place as a figure eight. With Captain Marco Reus, it finally harmonizes with the way the bosses had imagined it to be during the transfer schedule. "It's a lot of fun to play there, so being active from the center can bring a game to life," he said. Favre seems similar to this by now.The expected team lineups: Dortmund: Bürki – Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou – Hakimi, Brandt, Weigl, Guerreiro – Hazard, Reus, SanchoTrainer: FavrePrag: Skoda – Olayinka, Sevcik, Stanciu – Traore, Soucek – Boril, Koudela, Takacs, Coufal – KolarTrainer: TrpisovskySecretary: Sergey Karasev (Russia)

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