In your opinion, what makes this match bigger–it’s our new coach’s debut (and our new coach’s debut in European competition no less), or it’s a game that, without any points earned, could go a long way to sealing our fate two games into this tournament? Both make the game pretty big, so why split hairs? IT’S A PRETTY BIG GAME.
Navas is back and healthy for this match, so Manzano has basically the whole arsenal to choose from. It’ll be interesting to see how he approaches this game, and what we learn about his style at Sevilla from it. What formation will we use? How will Fabiano react to his new coach? How will Manzano best utilize our fantastic wing play? Even a coach who in general wants to play an attacking style could be expected to play a defensive, conservative gameplan in his first game with a new club, away, to a strong and unfamiliar opponent in a competition where every result counts but losses are particularly devastating. So obviously this game isn’t going to be the final say on Manzano’s time here, but bringing the thunder and coming away with 3 points would be pretty awesome, am I right?
Apparently Dortmund has 5 regulars injured for this game. Once again, I don’t know much about this club, so I’ll just mention that the first time I was ever really ever aware of this team is from that guy who either runs or regularly posts on Rojadirecta, whose avatar is their crest and who has a team photo in his signature. I’m pretty sure this means we’re up against a formidable foe, you guys, so let’s be ready. All hands on deck! Fire at will! (This concludes another insightful team preview by Jeremy).