At Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League opponents FC Chelsea, coach Graham Potter feels compelled to defend himself. A Blues pro scuffles against a teammate. Also: Coach Edin Terzic could muster this eleven. Here you can find news and rumors about BVB.
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BVB, News: Graham Potter defends himself
On Wednesday evening, Borussia Dortmund meets Chelsea in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. in LIVETICKER). After just one win from eight competitive games in 2023, the blues and those around them are in stalemate.
After Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United, manager Graham Potter was even criticized for not getting upset about the referee. The background: Chelsea was denied a hand penalty in the final phase, Potter accepted this with the words “that’s life”.
As a result, the 47-year-old Englishman was criticized by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, among others. The opinion of some experts and media: He should have complained loudly about the decision, as Jurgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho would have done.
“Of course I get mad too, I’m human like you,” Potter said at the press conference on Monday: “It’s just that I’ve chosen to behave as I see fit. The same Media that talk about me being angrier are also reporting problems with referees in amateur football. They don’t see the connection.”
The successor to Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked in September 2022, explained that he has a responsibility to himself, Chelsea and football: “If you think you start a coaching career in the ninth division of English football and make it to the Chelsea coach without getting angry, I’d say you don’t know a thing.”
BVB, News: Chelsea professional strengthens against teammate
Recently, a skirmish between Mykhailo Mudryk and Marc Cucurella made headlines at Chelsea. Mudryk was apparently annoyed that Cucurella played too little in the game at West Ham.
The new signing from Shakhtar Donetsk temporarily missed an Instagram graphic that expressed criticism of Cucurella.
“There’s no problem,” Potter didn’t want to pay too much attention to the topic: “It’s quite normal for teammates to get used to each other on the pitch.”
BVB, News: Potter raves about Terzic
Chelsea coach Graham Potter and BVB coach Edin Terzic have been friends for many years. Both appreciate each other on a human and professional level.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s successful,” Potter said of Terzic. “He’s humble, very intelligent and creative. He has all the qualities you want in a coach.”
Terzic returned the praise: “Potter is an impressive personality, a really great, fantastic coach.”
BVB, rumor: The status at Reus and Hummels
Marco Reus and Mats Hummels’ contracts at Borussia Dortmund expire next summer. The situation with the BVB captain is said to be a little more complicated than with the 2014 world champion. That reports the sports picture. Here is the detailed news.
BVB, News: Expected line-up against Chelsea
BVB will have to do without Youssoufa Moukoko (ankle injury), Julien Duranville and Mateu Morey (both rehabilitation training) against Chelsea. Marius Wolf, on the other hand, is returning after his shoulder problems, and Karim Adeyemi, who was suspended in the league and cup, is also eligible to play.