Borrusia Dortmund under pressure to avoid another Odds shock
Borussia Dortmund bosses want no repeat of their mid-week first-half debacle at Odds when they chase a sixth-straight win of the season at Bundesliga new-boys Ingolstadt on Sunday.
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund bosses want no repeat of their mid-week first-half debacle at Odds when they chase a sixth-straight win of the season at Bundesliga new-boys Ingolstadt on Sunday.
Dortmund found themselves 3-0 down after just 22 minutes of Thursday`s Europa League qualifier first-leg at Norway`s Odds BK before a superb fight-back saw them snatch a late 4-3 win.
Under their new coach Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund has won their opening first five games of the season, including a 4-0 hammering of Champions League side Borussia Moenchengladbach last Saturday in the Bundesliga.
Tuchel wants Dortmund to reproduce their fighting spirit from Odds to pick up three league points in Bavaria, but Dortmund`s bosses do not want a repeat of the Norwegian experience.
Borussia`s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has promised "that won`t be an all too common experience" in future, while director of sport Michael Zorc insisted: "we can`t just write off the first-half (at Odds). That was a shock."
Bavaria`s Ingolstadt celebrated their Bundesliga debut with a 1-0 at Mainz last Saturday and Tuchel expects the hosts to relish their underdog roll.
"They deserved to be promoted and the fact they got a win at Mainz and have kept the same team which came up last season shows they have confidence in their team," said Tuchel.
"We expect an intense game and Ingolstadt will try with all their might to take advantage of their role as outsiders."
Tuchel has troubles at wing-back with both left-back options Lukasz Piszczek and Erik Durm struggling with injuries, while new-signing Gonzalo Castro struggled at right-back at Odds before being replaced at half-time.
"Gonzalo Castro had his troubles on Thursday, but he suffered a bit for the result after he was replaced. He`s still an option for the position on Sunday," added Tuchel.