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The start into the second half of the season 2017/18 in the German Bundesliga is imminent! At the end of the 18th round, Borussia Dortmund will welcome VfL Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park. 80,000 fans are eagerly waiting to set the mood in Signal Iduna Park. For both teams there were important changes in the time around the turn of the year. Dortmund was the first time under the Neo-coach Peter Stoeger deny a joint preparation, Wolfsburg had to say goodbye to his scorer Mario Gomez direction Stuttgart. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see with which game systems Dortmund and Wolfsburg will go to the start. Both teams completed successful short training camps in Spain and will confidently and motivated contest the upcoming duel.
The first leg in Wolfsburg on 19 August ended with a clear 3-0 away win of the Borussia. Also in the previous two seasons Dortmund was always the winner of the place. This small series of five won direct duels thus speaks for Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund and Peter Stöger – does that fit together? This will be apparent after the first matches in the second half. The beginning under the successor to Bosz seemed to be promising. After Stöger took over the office in early December, the Borussia could win their last two rounds before the winter break. Although from a playful point of view, this was not the yellow of the egg, but it could be recognized a new stability. In the preparation period for the second half, the coaching team focused mainly on the defensive work and tried in the training camp in Spain to stabilize the team even more. After all, it is said: offense wins games, defensive wins championships. Although it is 13 points behind the leaders Bayern Munich is no longer to be expected that Dortmund is still seriously talking about the title, nevertheless, BVB will try everything to bring Bayern into a sweat. The minimum goal is to qualify for the Champions League group stage. Currently, the team is ranked third on the table with 28 points, tied to Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach. A victory in the match against Wolfsburg would therefore be necessary so that Dortmund does not crash in the table by a few places.
The training camp in La Manga was to the satisfaction of those responsible. The test match against Belgian representative Zulte Waregem was won 3-2 and also some long-term injured got back into the team training. Mario Götze, Lukasz Piszczek and Gonzalo Castro even made a comeback against Waregem. The use of Marco Reus for the upcoming game is unlikely. After surviving cruciate ligament rupture the player still lacks some training to get to the full possession of his powers. Maximilian Philipp, Eric Durm, Raphael Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer will be out of action for some time due to injuries. In addition, during the training camp in Spain, a gastrointestinal virus broke out and knocked out some players for a few days. This could still cause some problems for the beginning of the second half, as it takes time to catch up on the training backlog.
After a rather poor first half of the VfL Wolfsburg now wants to attack in the second half and fight for places for international competition. After 17 laps, the team of Martin Schmidt holds 19 points and is thus ranked twelfth in the table. The distance to the relegation places is currently only four points, which should be enough incentive to give full throttle in the coming games. VfL Wolfsburg have scored the most draws (10) of all teams in the season so far. If the team could improve a little for the second half of the season and not divide the points, an international starting position would be quite realistic.
The training camp in Marbella / Spain went according to desire. Coach Martin Schmidt was pleased with the preparation, after all, could win both test matches against St. Pauli and Dynamo Dresden. From a personal point of view, there have been some important changes in recent weeks. The former captain and striker Mario Gomez said goodbye to Wolfsburg and moved back to his youth club in Stuttgart. This departure is certainly a weakening for VfL. However, the wolves recently announced the obligation of midfielder Renato Steffen, who moves from Basel to Germany. The 26-year-old Swiss signed a contract until 2021 and will certainly strengthen the team. As a direct replacement for Gomez, however, he can not be considered, since Steffen is based in midfield. In the storm, the talented Belgian Divock Origi could now prove.
In the upcoming game against Dortmund Martin Schmidt may have to give up important players who are suffering from injuries. Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ignacio Camacho, Adelino Vieirinha, Christian Träsch, John Anthony Brooks, Koen Casteels and Jeffrey Bruma are all currently struggling with injury problems. It will be interesting to see which line-up VfL Wolfsburg will play against Dortmund.
Dortmund vs Wolfsburg head to head matches
19.08.17 BUN Wolfsburg Dortmund 0 : 3
18.02.17 BUN Dortmund Wolfsburg 3 : 0
20.09.16 BUN Wolfsburg Dortmund 1 : 5
30.04.16 BUN Dortmund Wolfsburg 5 : 1
05.12.15 BUN Wolfsburg Dortmund 1 : 2