Tuesday October 22 2019
Favre: 'Inter-Borussia not decisive'

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre insists tomorrow’s showdown with Inter won’t be decisive for Champions League qualification. “Every team has strengths and weaknesses.”

It kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at San Siro.

Goalkeeper Roman Burki remains an injury doubt and will likely only be given the all-clear at the last minute, while Marco Reus, Marcel Schmelzer and Paco Alcacer haven’t made the trip.

The Germans and Barcelona are currently joint top of the group with four points, followed by Inter and Slavia Prague on one.

“What Antonio Conte said is right, we are early in the group and anything could still happen,” said Favre in his press conference.

“There are another four matches to play, we want to qualify, but have to take it one game at a time. We’re up against a strong Inter side who impressed against Juventus and we also saw their 4-3 win at Sassuolo on Sunday.

“Antonio Conte’s men play with a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation this season. We know them well, they are very efficient and can also defend stoutly, but every team has its strengths and weaknesses.

“We must concentrate on the players who are available and not discuss those who unfortunately are not here. We all know what happened with Jadon Sancho, but he is with us here today.”

Sancho had been left out of the squad for their Bundesliga match at the weekend, having returned late from international duty with England.

It was only a temporary punishment and he is expected to start at San Siro tomorrow.

“We have alternatives for every player and have already discussed this. I won’t tell you who is or isn’t playing.”

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