It has already happened three times this season: Former Borussia Dortmund shone when they met for the first time and hurt BVB a lot.
Now a double reunion is imminent. The fans of Borussia Dortmund already have a bad premonition – do Mario Götze and Ansgar Knauff spit in BVB’s soup?
Borussia Dortmund: Concern about meeting ex-BVB stars
“That’s typical again.” A sentence that always falls when a player has scored in the first game against his former club. This sentence has already been heard three times in Dortmund this season. And that within a very short time.
The Champions League draw held a quick reunion with Erling Haaland. Only two and a half months after his BVB farewell, the superstar was allowed to play against his ex-club – and promptly artistically marked the late winning goal for Manchester City.
Götze and Knauff encounter their past
A good two weeks later, the next ex-Borussian slapped BVB in the face. The painful defeat at 1. FC Köln (2:3) also came about because Steffen Tigges gave his former employer one. His goal to make it 2-1 finally turned the game, which Dortmund had had under control for a long time, upside down.
And then there was the quick reunion with Marco Rose. Of course he didn’t score against Borussia Dortmund, but he still missed his former club as the new coach of RB Leipzig (0: 3) a particularly painful bankruptcy. After the unexpected dismissal in the summer, the victory should have given the coach a lot of satisfaction.
Götze’s famous non-jubilation 2013
After these three brutal experiences, many a BVB fan looks at the upcoming game day with horror. Borussia Dortmund is a guest at Eintracht Frankfurt and meets two former companions there for the first time. Mario Götze is on the pitch against his former love for the first time since his unworthy departure in 2020. In addition, Ansgar Knauff could play against BVB for the first time in his life.
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Both should be highly motivated to put their stamp on the first game against their long-standing club. Will Mario Götze score against BVB? He might call himself a repeat offender. Every Borussia player still has the image of “not celebrating” in mind when Götze promptly scored against Dortmund in 2013 after his first BVB departure.
Knauff only moved to Frankfurt after the second leg against Eintracht in January. According to SGE trainer Oliver Glasner, he has now recovered from his thigh injury just in time for the clash.