Dortmund’s Hummels and Reus Rejuvenate Hopes Ahead of PSG Clash

Veterans Hummels and Reus rekindle Dortmund’s prospects for their PSG match. Experience takes center stage in the Champions League showdown.

Borussia Dortmund, facing a tough group match against PSG, finds newfound hope thanks to the experienced duo of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, who were previously overlooked due to their age. These 34-year-old stalwarts are now considered crucial assets, reports news agency Xinhua.

Adding to their experience is the 30-year-old newcomer, Niclas Fullkrug, expected to bolster the squad as they prepare to take on the star-studded Paris team.

In the midst of a squad rejuvenation phase, Dortmund’s success appears to hinge on the contributions of their seasoned players. Former team captain Reus recently scored a goal in Freiburg, while World Cup winner Hummels, in a remarkable feat, became the team’s oldest player to score twice in a league match.

Hummels also set another record by scoring in his 16th consecutive season, joining an elite group of players in the league’s history.

Drawn into a challenging group in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League, including PSG, Milan and Newcastle, Dortmund is seen as underdogs but still harbors hopes of advancing.

The team’s recent league victory has lifted their spirits, and they approach their match in Paris with a sense of relief and unburdened enthusiasm.

BVB coach Edin Terzic spoke highly of Hummels, emphasizing his vast experience in holding positions and passing. The coach also acknowledged intensive discussions with Hummels about his role and tasks to improve the team’s performance.

Hummels played a pivotal role in a tactical shift during the second half against Freiburg, which led to a victory with a three-man backline and two forwards.

German international Fullkrug, who recently returned from injury with a 30-minute stint in Freiburg, is optimistic about playing a significant role in Paris. In contrast, Sebastien Haller seems to be going through a challenging period.

There is speculation about the potential return of star forward Jadon Sancho, who may leave Manchester United on loan after disagreements with coach Erik ten Hag. Sancho previously played for Dortmund from 2017 to 2019 before moving to the Premier League.

While Sancho’s situation remains uncertain, the immediate focus for both players and coaching staff is the challenge in Paris. A strategy similar to the one used against Freiburg, emphasizing effective counterattacks, could be suitable for the PSG match.

It’s evident that Dortmund heavily relies on its experienced players, despite discussions about their advancing years.



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