Praise for Mats Hummels after victory at 1860 Munich

Praise for Mats Hummels after victory at 1860 Munich

MIt’s noisy in the stadium, with loud support, the players know each other Borussia Dortmund out. At home in their own arena anyway, but also away from home, the black and yellow fans usually know how to make themselves heard. In Munich, however, they had no chance in the first competitive game. The fans, not the team. The fact that the acoustic rating in the first round of the DFB Cup at TSV 1860 was clearly lost, even after the final whistle, when there was actually only something for Dortmund to celebrate, was to be overcome. Because everything else was pretty much perfect.

At the 3-0 win in front of 15,000 spectators against the third division club from Munich the problems of preparation all seemed to be solved at once. Unlike in the friendlies against Valencia and Villarreal, coach Edin Terzic relied on a back four – and the newly formed defense around Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Sule worked as if they had always played together.

When Süle complained of thigh problems during the break, he took over Mats Hummels his part – and according to his trainer, fitted in perfectly. “He was there straight away, very present, very strong in tackles, very clear in the passing game. That’s how we imagine it,” said Terzic.

The fact that Sébastien Haller was diagnosed with a tumor and that an important key position on the offensive is vacant for the time being was of little consequence on this rainy evening. Donyell Malen, Youssoufa Moukoko and Karim Adeyemi seemed keen to show that the club don’t have to scramble to replace Haller, who will be out for months. “Sébastien may not play with us, but that doesn’t prevent us from playing for him,” said Terzic.

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