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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old August 16th, 2014, 03:47 Thread Starter
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[DFB Pokal - 1st Round] - Stuttgarter Kickers vs BVB

After winning the German Super Cup on Wednesday, Dortmund now play away to 3. Liga side Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Saturday afternoon.

A game that BVB should be expected to win easily, but there is always a possibility of a shock happening if the team isn't at its best on the day. Klopp will know that very well and make sure no complacency creeps into the squad. The defeat to Kickers Offenbach on penalties in 2010 will be on his mind of what can happen in this cup, even last year when Dortmund struggled for 70 minutes against Wilhelmshaven before scoring three towards the end of the game.

The opponents should not be taken lightly regardless of their division, especially as it's obviously their game of the year and they are ahead of BVB in terms of match fitness and preparation having already played 4 competitive games compared to Dortmund's 1.

Klopp already said that a couple of changes are likely whilst also stating that Langerak will start in goal again as Weidenfeller is not fully recovered yet. Reus could be on the bench, but is unlikely to be risked with the opening Bundesliga game just a week away and the team that will play in this match should be able to do the job even without him.

Schmelzer is out for a few weeks with a groin injury while Kirch and Sokratis seem to have shaken off knocks from the Bayern game and resumed training on Friday.

Not sure what the lineup will be, but this would be my guess:

Piszczek --- Sokratis --- Ginter --- Durm
Jojic --- Bender
Aubameyang --- Mkhitaryan --- Grosskreutz

Dortmund have won 3-0 in this round in each of the last four seasons, hopefully the team can at least ensure victory here again and move on to the next phase of the cup.


In other news, Dortmund recorded a double-digit million profit for the third year in a row when the financial results for the 2013/14 season came out yesterday. The revenues amounted to 260.7 million euros in the company, which includes the BVB Merchandising GmbH. Profit after taxes of the group amounted to 12 million euros. The revenues in the individual financial statement of the company amounted to 223.8 million euros, with a profit after taxes of 10.6 million euros.

Watzke also stated that the club is in a very healthy situation and growing sustainably financially and has ambitions now to break the 300 million euro mark without any major transfers in the short to medium term for the future.

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Stuttgarter Kickers 1:4 Borussia Dortmund

Comfortable win when looking at the result, but the game itself was far from comfortable, especially from the moment Mkhitaryan scored the opener until Aubameyang got the third. Kickers were all over BVB in between that whole period but missed several good opportunities while Dortmund eased to some of the goals really without too many problems. Difference in class and quality told in the end but Kickers really did put up a good display, only problem being their finishing (their goal was offside, but they deserved one for their play anyways).

Reus played almost 60 minutes today, unsurprisingly he looked off in his touches and link up play but it's important to build match fitness and get into the flow of things again so this was an important run out for him today ahead of Leverkusen next week. Subotic also got through 90 minutes with no problems, although he did look noticeably off the pace at times. Ramos gets his first goal and Heno/Auba continue their good summer form once more, hopefully these aren't just false alarms and they can keep this up throughout the year, they'll need to.

Good day all around and onto the first game of the Bundesliga season next week. It'll be important for the team to play at a much higher intensity and fire on all cylinders against Leverkusen unlike today, they won't get away with a below par performance like this again with much better position.

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