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2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre believes the interpretation of football’s handball rule is becoming ‘ridiculous’ after his team’s devastating 4-2 Revierderby defeat to Schalke turned on a penalty awarded against Julian Weigl] I’ve never experienced something like this, it’s difficult to deal with. The penalty shows how ridiculous football has become. This handball rule, it is the biggest scandal in football that nobody knows anything about it. It’s a disgrace. It’s a joke. Not just today’s penalty, but in general. Should the players cut off their arms and run without them?

[Schalke boss Huub Stevens looked perplexed on the sideline when the penalty was awarded and offered sympathy to his opposite number] I think it’s very disgusting that a penalty like this has been given. I told Lucien Favre that I am not happy with it as well. But my team received these kind of decisions against us in the weeks before

[Favre chose not to complain in a similar manner about the red cards awarded to his captain Reus and Wolf] We have to avoid these situations. But we need to admit that the referee didn’t have his best day.

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[Dortmund boss Favre signs contract extension] I am looking forward to continuing my constructive and successful cooperation with the entire BVB team

2019 08 31 Retrieve

[Dortmund coach Favre blames lack of patience for stunning Union Berlin loss] I think we thought it would be like the second half in Cologne. That was not the case. We have to keep our patience and not play hastily with the score at 1-1; we have to defend very well. This is very important. Instead, we have lost our patience [and conceded] an unnecessary goal. Even then, we should have kept patient. There was still time to make it 2-2 and maybe win the game as well. Our second half was not good

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Zorc’s position was echoed by manager Lucien Favre, who was also keen to praise the leadership qualities brought by defender Hummels following his return from Bayern Munich this summer] Mats Hummels proved during the last two games, especially in Frankfurt, that he’s very important for the team. The defence begins with him. He is very important for the team, but Marco Reus is doing a good job as a captain. It’s absolutely clear that Reus is our captain. He’s staying as our captain

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Favre explains Sancho benching in Dortmund draw] He was dead and he needed a break because he had played all the games so far. We had an English week, he played everything. He is 19 years old and it is completely normal. He knows he’s a bit tired and needs a little break. It’s not easy to do the English weeks. It’s part of it, it’s our job

[But after his team gave up a second lead, Favre rued their second-half performance] You don’t get many chances to score. We’ve made mistakes in pressing, in conquering the ball. There was no aggressiveness. We go into the duels like this. They counter and we lose the ball unnecessarily. If we can’t intervene, we come back, if we can intervene, we have to go into the duel. Then we have to be tough for 90 or 95 minutes. But there were also tactical mistakes. And up front, the last 35 metres we have to say clearly, we did not play well here in the second half. It was complicated. Five, six times we lost the balls and they countered. It is a gift for me. It is better to hold the ball, play left and right and not be satisfied with 2-1

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has addressed the exit talk which has surrounded him at times this season and explained how he handled ‘special’ Mario Balotelli at Nice] He was special. You have to be diplomatic with him, but you can talk to him and explain things. There were sometimes minor issues because of his behaviour. He was not the one who ran the most, but he is a very good player. We got along well for two years. He was very good in the first season.

[Favre is now working with more top talents at Dortmund, with Mario Gotze a World Cup-winning option at his disposal] I know that Mario Gotze is an idol in Germany. He scored the goal to land the World Cup title. It is clear that something like that will stay. He is a very good player, but he played very regularly last year from October. Sometimes this happens, there is competition everywhere. You have to accept that. Competition can give a boost.

[No deal was done then, but the opportunity to head for Signal Iduna Park proved too good to turn down] It’s difficult to beat a bid from a club like Dortmund. We played a wonderful season right away. You should not have any negative words about it just because we missed the title at the end. We collected 76 points and played until the last match for the championship

[He has, however, been around long enough to know that rumours – good and bad – are never far away and that his stock will rise again if Dortmund can mount another title challenge in 2020] There is great exaggeration everywhere and very quickly. It is true that we are currently not doing as well as last year. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s the results, that’s all. They analyse the results, but do not analyse the rest enough. That does not affect me very much. I understand that because I think that today there are media that have to write very sharply in order to be read. If they do not do that, they will not be read anymore. I know that there is always pressure in this profession. No matter which club you train, this pressure always seems to exist. Nevertheless, one must remain fair and objective in the analysis. I think sometimes they are not very precise

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Lucien Favre explains why he decided to drop the 19-year-old Jadon Sancho] I explained to Jadon Sancho [why he wasn’t starting] before the game. I told him it was a really difficult game here in Barcelona, and we needed players that were really focused and that went on to the pitch really focused

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Favre impressed by Haaland’s defensive work in Dortmund’s Champions League win] He defended well with the others. He also stood very compactly in combination with the other players. It helped us that he also defended. He did that very, very well. If we have the possibility to combine with him, then we will do that. Either with balls into the depth or he gets the ball and holds it for now. He did that very well. Before the 2-1 it is a great pass from Giovanni Reyna. The ball was very good, but it was especially so good because Haaland moved well

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Lucien Favre said last week that Moukoko could be training with Dortmund’s first team as soon as March] We have a plan with him, but I can’t say exactly when he’ll be with us. Maybe in March, but we still have to wait for a few things

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[A Revierderby without fans is a painful reality that Borussia Dortmund and Schalke followers must accept] I am happy that we can change five players during the game. It is a very good idea and it will be necessary. It is very good that we now have a psychologist on the team, since it is a very special situation for everyone. We trained well. Now we are in the hotel, everyone is doing their job very well. We have no problem with it

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre admitting things were very strange following his side’s 4-0 derby victory over Schalke] 4-0 against Schalke – that’s quite good. The key was that the team played well together, also defensively. That was very, very special. You shoot at the goal, make a top pass, a goal – and nothing happens. That’s very, very strange. We really miss our fans. It was a completely different game than usual. It’s hard to judge how good the game was. I had the feeling that it wasn’t as committed as planned. The players were very focused on their task.

2020 05 17b Retrieve

[Dortmund’s preparations for the match were rocked after Giovanni Reyna, who was named in their starting line-up, was withdrawn after suffering an injury in the warm up] A lot of teams will have a few players who will be injured. We started very late with the 10 against 10 games, tackling and so on. I hope Reyna has nothing. It won’t be long for [Axel] Witsel and [Emre] Can, [Dan-Axel] Zagadou won’t play again this season. Marco Reus has not yet played with the team. Nico Schulz has injured himself again, he is not allowed to do anything for two to three weeks. Hazard only had cramp, no injury

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Favre admits Gotze does not suit Dortmund system as Brandt earns huge praise] Right now, we are playing 3-4-3. So, I have been talking to Mario Gotze, and unfortunately this is not the right system for him. You must say the truth about this. Of course, he is able to play half-left or half-right, but we will see. There are still many games ahead of us and we need to count on every single player

Julian Brandt is able to play many different positions in different systems. That shows great quality. Playing in a 4-3-3 is not the same as playing in a 3-4-3, playing on the wings or between the lines. He does this very well. You must not forget he played in midfield with only one or two additional players and he also played as striker against Slavia Prague. I like this very much because as a coach you get a lot of opportunities with a player like this. He is performing very well. He has to keep up his development like it is right now

2020 05 22b Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is not giving up on Marco Reus playing again this season] He hasn’t trained with the team yet. We hope that he will come back as soon as possible and can help us until the end of the season

We trained first in groups of two, then in groups of four. There is a certain danger. We all did not train normally and then had to train properly four or five days before a championship game, duels. This is not a big surprise for me

2020 05 22b Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund teenager Reyna fit for Wolfsburg clash] We will see. He only trained yesterday and that was a light unit. It’s a danger. You don’t train like you’d normally do and then four, five days ahead of a competitive match you must train differently. One-on-one challenges, direct duels, aerial duels, back and forth. It’s not a big surprise for me.

[Dortmund will be able to welcome back midfielder Emre Can for the Wolfsburg clash, but Axel Witsel has not recovered from muscular problems after also missing the Schalke match] Witsel will definitely not be there. Can started yesterday with light training with the team and will train today as well. Reus has not started training with the team but we still hope that he can come back as soon as possible and help until the end of the season

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Lucien Favre says Haaland and Emre Can have helped transform Borussia Dortmund since last Bayern Munich defeat] Obviously we didn’t play well in the first meeting. It was three days after our home match against Inter. Since then we improved and play with another system. It suits our squad more. In the transfer market we signed two players [Haaland and Can] and have more presence on the pitch now. We are simply better than back then, but this match [the 4-0 defeat] definitely was not good from us

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Dortmund desperate to keep Bundesliga title race alive as Bayern arrive for Der Klassiker] We do not think back to that [4-0] game. We have forgotten it. We did not play well. We now play a system that better fits our squad and we have also brought in Emre Can and Erling Haaland as reinforcements in the winter, who have further increased our quality

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre was happy to see his side thrash rivals Schalke 4-0, though he admitted the match behind closed doors was ‘very, very strange’] 4-0 against Schalke – that’s quite good. The key was that the team played well together, also defensively. That was very, very special. You shoot at the goal, make a top pass, a goal – and nothing happens. That’s very, very strange. We really miss our fans. It was a completely different game than usual. It’s hard to judge how good the game was. I had the feeling that it wasn’t as committed as planned. The players were very focused on their task.

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[on Hummels] I can’t tell if he will play or not. I hope that he will be back on Tuesday

[Any assumptions Sancho was simply being rested in order to start against Bayern were seemingly dismissed by Favre] He’s only been training with the team for 10 days. That is not much. I can’t say for sure if he will play on Tuesday

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund manager Favre optimistic over fitness of Sancho, Hummels and Witsel ahead of Bayern clash] I think Mats Hummels will be okay to play. I can’t say for sure, but I’m 99 per cent [sure] he will be on the pitch. Axel Witsel started to train with the team yesterday [Sunday]. He could be in the squad.

Jadon was lacking training. He has now been training with the squad for 10 days. He played 20 minutes against Schalke and a little more against Wolfsburg. He did well. He is getting there slowly. He did well in training and slowly but steadily gets back to his old level. He is getting there, I don’t see a problem – we’ll see.

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Dortmund star Haaland limps off in Der Klassiker clash with Bayern Munich] I don’t think he’ll be out for long. He’s got a knee injury. We don’t know at the moment exactly what it is.

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Favre says it will be ‘brutally difficult’ to catch Bayern after Klassiker loss] We made a very good start in the opening 30 minutes but we sat too deep after that. The second half was good too. We had opportunities, but the penultimate or final ball was missing. We at least deserved to draw. We played better than we did against Wolfsburg and Schalke. It will be very difficult in the title race. Seven points behind with six games [left], that will be brutally difficult

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Haaland to miss Paderborn match with Borussia Dortmund team mate Dahoud out for rest of Bundesliga season] Unfortunately, Mo Dahoud will miss the rest of the season. Erling Haaland will also be unavailable against Paderborn. We found out the day after the Bayern game [about Dahoud]. He felt something and has a little problem. It’s not bad, but he can’t continue

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Dortmund boss Lucien Favre claimed he ‘didn’t see’ Sancho’s t-shirt] After the game, I heard about him celebrating a goal like that. There was something on a t-shirt. What can I say? I don’t know why he did that. I didn’t see it. I can’t judge it

2020 05 31b Retrieve

[Favre revealed he was not worried by side’s failure to score before the break in the absence of Erling Haaland, who missed the game due to a knee injury] I only said one sentence during the half-time break: ‘We need to keep doing what we’re doing’. We pressed well, we tired out our opponents, and it was clear that they wouldn’t be able to keep up the tempo all the way to the final whistle. We wanted to make sure they couldn’t hit us on the counter, as they have a lot of pace up top. We were able to maintain the intensity we showed in the first half and the only real change we made was some alterations to our wide players’ movements

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Favre stresses Sancho’s importance after Dortmund win] It’s important that he’s here. I know Jadon very well. He was injured for a long time. He couldn’t train with the team for three or four weeks. We should be patient with him. He’s back now

It’s very good that we won today. We now have a seven-point lead ahead of two teams. We now have a seven-point lead ahead of two teams

We created chances without a real centre-forward. That is the most important thing for us and for me. For example, our goal: it’s a good pass from Sancho, [Julian] Brandt plays a fantastic ball on, the ball comes to Emre Can, and he scores the goal. We created more chances before and after that and could have won more than 1-0. But Hertha also made it difficult for us – they had a good team on the pitch. But in the end, we won

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Haaland available for Dortmund’s clash with Fortuna as Reus returns to training] [Haaland] has been training again since Wednesday and has been involved in everything. He looks very good. Otherwise, everyone else who was available last week is okay. Marco started training with the team this week. We’re happy that he is training again and we all hope that he can play again as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot give a more precise forecast yet. He will train again on Friday

The defence is very important for success. We have to find the right balance.

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Favre ready for life after Sancho and Hakimi at Dortmund] We’ll see after the season. Of course, players will leave. We hope the players will stay, but it is possible that players will leave. You have already mentioned two [Hakimi and Sancho] that we don’t definitely know about. Of course, they could stay with us, which would be very good for me. But we’ll see what we’ll do, whether it’s in defence, midfield or attack

I am very happy for my colleague at Bayern. He is doing a very good job. I can only congratulate him. But I still can’t forget our game against Bayern. It was a clear penalty in the 60th minute [when Erling Haaland’s shot hit Boateng’s arm]. And everything would have been open after that. That would have changed everything. We were close. But in the end, we have to admit that Bayern is clearly the best team.

2020 06 15b Retrieve

[Lucien Favre says Haaland must understand playing all the time could be dangerous] I think everybody knows that. I think that’s clear too, because he’s only 19 years old. It is normal that he is sometimes tired when you have an English week [a weekend fixture following by one in midweek], because he can’t do everything on his own. We have also noticed that he is still growing. He was injured two or three times recently since he came to us. So, we have to dose what he does, because otherwise it could be dangerous. He has to understand this, because sometimes it is not possible to play three games in one week. Many players have problems with that. You can get injured or you’re just not fresh and it’s important that he has the freshness, but normally Erling plays because we need him. I like his mentality, he always wants to be there and always win, but of course he also has to make his progress, he is only 19 and has so much potential. But he likes to train, he still wants to do special exercises after training and I like that. I really enjoy doing that with him, but he has to understand that it is important to dose the whole thing

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admits doubts over forward’s future] Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it’s possible that they may also leave. You have spoken about two players who we don’t know definitively what will happen - they could stay with us, that’s clear and that would be good for me. We’ll see what we’ll do in defence, midfield or attack

2020 06 16b Retrieve

[Bundesliga allowed clubs to use as many as five substitutes during a match] That’s a very, very good idea. You must clearly say that all teams, without an exemption, won’t be fully ready

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Still no offers for Man Utd target Sancho as Dortmund increasingly confident of keeping winger] We expect Jadon to play with BVB next season and we’re all very happy with the quality that he brings to our side and the difference that he can make

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[Favre: Liverpool move for Jadon Sancho would surprise me] Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it’s possible that they may also leave