Big game away to Koln today. Having started with just 7 points from 7 matches this season, that makes every match coming up very important to recover some of the ground the team has lost on those at the top of the table and this one is no exception.
Lots of good news have happened over the international break. Reus, Mkhitaryan, and Gundogan are all finally fit to play again while Kehl and Bender have also shaken off knocks and will be available. Kirch has returned to training too, but won't be able to play this one whilst Schmelzer, Blaszcykowski, and Sahin are still out for a few more weeks. Most importantly above all though, the team has worked a lot on the aspect of physical fitness over the break and Klopp insists that the team has taken a huge step forward in this regard, which will be key to any success over the season of course when considering the demands of the team's style of play.
The last month or so in the league has been close to disastrous with just 1 win achieved in the last 5 matches, but fortunes could turn around now that most of the big names up front are fit to play again. The excuses have run out now and the season really starts here as far as the Bundesliga is concerned for Dortmund. It's time for a revival.
Not sure what the lineup could be, don't think Ilkay will play too much in his first official game in 14 months apart from a second half cameo perhaps, the rest should be ready to go though. Maybe something like this:
Piszczek - Sokratis - Hummels - Durm
Bender - Kehl
Aubameyang - Mkhitaryan - Reus
Looking for a strong reaction from the team today, cautiously optimistic about how the season could turn if a win is achieved here at a tough ground.