Benedikt Höwedes doesn’t leave coach Lucien Favre good. Stefan Effenberg takes sides for the Swiss and trusts him to win the title.
Borussia Dortmund surprisingly loses against Cologne.
The culprit is quickly identified: coach Lucien Favre.
Benedikt Höwedes criticizes the Swiss.
Stefan Effenberg disagrees and praises the BVB trainer.
Two corners. A big surprise. Borussia Dortmund lost 1: 2 against Cologne on Saturday. It was Cologne’s first win at BVB since April 1991 and it came as a surprise in every way. After the strong performance of the Dortmunders last week – except perhaps Cologne aficionados – hardly anyone would have bet just one cent on the Dortmund guest. But it was once again one of those appearances of the championship candidate that raises questions: Why does coach Lucien Favre’s team fail again and again against supposedly smaller opponents?
BVB has lost a total of 14 league games under the Swiss. Four times against Bayern, twice against Hoffenheim, once against Leverkusen. The Dortmund team received half of the bankruptcies against supposedly weaker opponents. So also in the current season. The defeat against the second from bottom of the Bundesliga was already the third after nine match days. Previously, Dortmund had to give up points against Augsburg (0: 2).
For the TV expert, the culprit – as almost always in recent years – is quickly identified: Lucien Favre. So this time too. “From my point of view, Lucien Favre is not a master coach,” says Benedikt Höwedes in the football talk “Doppelpass” on Sport 1. “I think another coach is needed who intervenes more in situations when a Sancho strikes something out of line . ”
In contrast, Hansi Flick is doing very well at Bayern, the TV expert continues. BVB also has a lot of young players who Favre give good guidance, “but he is not yet ready for the title. BVB needs a coach who thinks more offensively. ” The 2014 world champion named Ralf Rangnick and Julian Nagelsmann in the same breath. “Power football could be embodied even better with the young, hungry players.” According to the 32-year-old ex-Schalke, this is also the difference to Bayern.
Effenberg defends Favre
These critical voices are not new to the Swiss since he took over in Dortmund in the summer of 2018. Although the black and yellow team under him always qualified for the Champions League and twice finished second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern. Still, Favre is challenged again after each defeat. Stefan Effenberg disagreed with Höwedes’ criticism and took sides for the 62-year-old Swiss.
“For me, Favre is one of the best, if not the best, in developing young players. The result will come. Maybe in half a year, maybe in a year and a half. The bottom line is that the championship will be there. ”
Whether Favre will still be on the sidelines in a year and a half remains to be seen. His contract expires in summer 2021. Favre critics in Germany want to see the fact that sports director Michael Zorc has not yet spoken to the coach about a contract extension as a sign that Favre’s time at BVB will end after three years. But Favre has been counted in Dortmund several times.