Jadon Sancho was substituted 36 minutes into Borussia Dortmund's heavy defeat to Bayern Munich because he "was not good enough", boss Lucien Favre has said.

The England international was replaced by Raphael Guerreiro early on at the Allianz Arena, where Dortmund were 1-0 down at the time and went on to lose 4-0.

His first-half exit was put down to a troublesome hamstring injury flaring up, but Favre revealed after the match it was instead a tactical decision.

"He was injured for a couple of days and could not train," Favre said at his post-match news conference. 

"Yesterday he returned to training, but I think you saw he was not good enough today. He was not injured."

Robert Lewandowski scored twice against his former club in Saturday's one-sided Klassiker, while Serge Gnabry was also on target before a Mats Hummels own goal late on.

Dortmund were also stuffed 5-0 by Bayern on their most recent visit to Bavaria in April and Favre had no complaints about the manner of this latest hammering.

"I have to say that we were clearly not there," he said. "It was a very very weak performance. You saw today that it was way too little from us, way too little."

Asked if he was more disappointed with the performance or the result itself, Favre responded: "With the performance. It was far too little. We can lose today but not like this."

Robert Lewandowski continued what has felt like a one-man argument for the Bundesliga's status quo as he inspired Bayern Munich to a 4-0 Klassiker victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

On the face of it, these are changing times in Germany's top flight, not least for Bayern.

The reigning champions were playing their first league game under interim head coach Hansi Flick after Niko Kovac didn't so much run out of road as go careering off the autobahn during last weekend's miserable visit to his old employers Eintracht Frankfurt.

Lewandowski got Bayern's goal to briefly punctuate the misery at the Commerzbank-Arena. Of course he did.

Saturday's opener to begin another Dortmund ordeal in Bavaria continued his run of scoring in every Bundesliga and Champions League game this season.

The Poland star's coolly taken second 14 minutes from time moved him on to 23 in all competitions for Bayern in 2019-20 before the November international break.

Lewandowski is an elite performer operating at the irresistible peak of his powers and a bedraggled BVB had no answer.

Julian Weigl criminally switched off as he ghosted in to head home in the 17th minute, although Dortmund had no more joy against the mighty number nine when their collective gaze was fixed upon him.

Kingsley Coman was unable to turn in after Lewandowski spun intelligently into the channel and he was also involved in both Serge Gnabry's offside effort before half-time and legal goal afterwards.

Back at Dortmund after his Bayern sojourn, it felt like Mats Hummels was fighting a futile battle against his own team-mate. The indignity of putting through his own net to complete the rout would have been a better fit for most of the other insipid performers in yellow and black.

Borussia Monchengladbach can go four points clear at the summit if they beat Werder Bremen on Sunday, while RB Leipzig remain ahead of Bayern on goal difference thanks to a thrilling 4-2 win at Hertha Berlin.

Marco Rose and Julian Nagelsmann are two exciting young coaches threatening to shake up the established order and it seems clear that is where the challenge to Bayern's supremacy now resides.

It is a task beyond Dortmund, who wear the scars inflicted under the yoke of their bitter rivals too visibly, while picking up fresh ones on each trip to Munich.

Jadon Sancho, the future superstar earmarked to end the suffering, was ignominiously substituted in the 36th minute of a loss that continued a hideous Bundesliga run at Bayern.

4-0, 5-0, 6-0, 4-1 and 5-1 are their past five league scorelines at the Allianz. The pain has become unrelenting.

Their previous win on enemy territory in the league was a 3-0 victory in April 2014, the only catch being Bayern had already won the title by that stage.

Jurgen Klopp was the Dortmund head coach that day. The seasons when he lifted the club to new heights and made Der Klassiker a European fixture to rank alongside the Spanish argument from which it cribs its name feel like they belong to a completely different era.

Incumbent BVB boss Lucien Favre would probably be joining Kovac in a period of enforced leisure time if not for Tuesday's stirring comeback against Inter in the Champions League, but his brittle squad are making a mockery of those pre-season tips for Bundesliga glory.

This is how they deal with Bayern in a time of crisis. They do not have a prayer. If things are to actually change, it's over to Gladbach and Leipzig.

From the moment Lewandowski brought them under his brutal spell, Dortmund's fate felt inevitable. A once vital fixture has become a painful procession to watch through your fingers or not at all.

Marco Reus is among the substitutes for Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich - but Jadon Sancho has recovered from a hamstring injury to start the game on Saturday.

An ankle injury meant Reus missed Dortmund's 3-2 Champions League win over Inter and coach Lucien Favre has opted not to risk him from the start at Allianz Arena.

Dortmund arrived in Munich unbeaten in four games in all competitions and Favre named Mario Gotze, Sancho, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard in an attacking line-up, with Reus and Paco Alcacer on the bench.

Bayern interim coach Hansi Flick kept faith with the side that beat Olympiacos in midweek, as he aimed to help the reigning German champions bounce back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in their previous Bundesliga outing.

That result was the final game in charge for Niko Kovac, who left the club on Sunday.

Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus are still doubts for Borussia Dortmund's Klassiker clash with rivals Bayern Munich on Saturday, according to coach Lucien Favre.

Reus was absent for Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League win over Inter due to an ankle injury, while Sancho sustained a hamstring strain in the second half.

The pair have scored eight of Dortmund's 23 Bundesliga goals this term, while the England international also has five assists.

Both are at risk of missing the trip to the Allianz Arena, with Favre's men looking to keep the pressure on leaders Borussia Monchengladbach and potentially go four points clear of Bayern, who will be coached by Hansi Flick for the first time in the Bundesliga.

Favre confirmed Reus and Sancho will be assessed on Friday and seemed reluctant to risk either.

"We have to wait for both," Favre told a news conference. "We do not know if they'll train or not, we'll see tomorrow [Friday].

"We have two or three players still in that situation. We need them to be fit and then we'll decide which team to play in which system. A player has to be fit, no matter what the game."

Dortmund have a wretched recent record against Bayern, having not won a league game at the Allianz Arena since April 2014 and lost their two most recent trips 5-0 and 6-0.

But Favre insists BVB are not scared of the club that sacked Niko Kovac on Sunday as a result of their 5-1 humiliation by Eintracht Frankfurt, with his team seemingly back on track with three straight victories after a run of two wins in eight games.

"We have always stayed positive and have looked forward," Favre said. "It was a difficult phase, and if we draw once away, that is the end of the world in Dortmund. It was not as bad as it was said.

"It has been very difficult here in the last five years, we have nothing to lose, we respect Bayern a lot, they are a top team, but we are not afraid."

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added: "It [Der Klassiker] is a bit special, it's very important clubs in the Bundesliga, it's a very important game.

"For many, it's the most interesting game of the season. It is a very special game. You can tell that in build-up and reaction, because the game has a special impact on the future."

Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are still yet to return to training for Borussia Dortmund.

Club captain Reus sat out of Wednesday's 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over Borussia Monchengladbach with a muscular injury.

The Germany forward had only returned from a bout of illness ahead of last weekend's 0-0 Revierderby draw at Schalke and centre-back Hummels is now laid low with a sickness bug of his own.

Goalkeeper Roman Burki, who has also been ill, is back working with his team-mates ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park.

"Roman Burki trained and is feeling good. Marco Reus and Mats Hummels did not. We still have to wait on their progress," head coach Lucien Favre said.

Julian Brandt could be called upon to start if Reus remains sidelined and Favre praised the former Bayer Leverkusen star, who scored for the first time since the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season with a brace to down Gladbach.

"Julian Brandt stood tall and played a great game from [attacking] midfield," he said. "Not only did he score two goals, he also effectively helped out in defence."

Dortmund lie fifth in the Bundesliga, a point and a place behind Wolfsburg after nine matches.

Lucien Favre has acknowledged Borussia Dortmund should be satisfied they held onto a point in the goalless Revierderby against Schalke on Saturday.

Dortmund were under the cosh for much of their first encounter of the season with their fierce rivals, who hit the woodwork twice and squandered a glut of gilt-edged opportunities.

Schalke also saw what seemed to be a valid penalty appeal declined - a corner appearing to have strike Dortmund's Thorgan Hazard on the arm.

The draw lifted Dortmund into third, two points behind leaders Bayern Munich, while Schalke are one behind their local rivals in what is already a congested pack at the top of the Bundesliga.

And Favre conceded his side must accept they were fortunate not to go behind.

"It was a very difficult game for us, especially in the first half, where Schalke played very well and played very aggressively," Favre told a news conference. 

"They are the league's best tackling team, they did a good job. With 0-0 after the first half we could be satisfied. They had two big chances to score. We lost a lot of balls under pressure.

"The second half was much better. After 55 or 60 minutes we finally played football. Schalke could not keep up with this pace, but were still dangerous with their runs. At the end we can accept the draw."

Favre's counterpart David Wagner was frustrated by Schalke's failure to convert their chances.

"We would have been happy with one point before the game, but we're disappointed now," he told a news conference.

"You need a lot of courage to press that high up the pitch against Dortmund. We didn't manage to score today, but that was partly due to bad luck."

Borussia Dortmund are set to be boosted by the all-important return of captain Marco Reus for the derby against Schalke, but Marcel Schmelzer and Paco Alcacer remain out.

Reus missed the Champions League defeat at Inter due to illness, while hip and calf issues respectively kept Schmelzer and Alcacer out of action.

However, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre revealed on the eve of the crunch clash with Schalke that forward Reus should be available.

"We have to wait, but Marco is much better," Favre told a news conference on Friday. "I cannot say definitely, but there is a good chance that he will play tomorrow.

"Of course, his return is important. When we play the 4-2-3-1, he is very important. He has proved that for months.

"However, there are a few players who still have illnesses, so we have to wait. Marcel and Paco will definitely not be fit."

Pressure has been building on Favre amid links between Dortmund and Jose Mourinho, but the BVB coach was not interested in exaggerating the tension around this match.

"We have pressure before every game," Favre said. "It is an important game - that is clear - it's a derby."

Opposite number David Wagner, a former Dortmund II coach, is relishing his first experience of the Revierderby as Schalke boss.

Wagner also has little sympathy for Dortmund, whose midweek commitments impacted upon their preparations.

"We can't wait to get started," the former Huddersfield Town manager said. "I really don't care [about Dortmund's preparations], to be honest.

"I don't think you can automatically draw any advantages or disadvantages from it - not even with the latest result. That's completely irrelevant. What happens before the derby does not matter."

Niko Kovac has played down talk that he is close to being sacked by Bayern Munich after coming in for criticism from chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern earned a 3-2 win away to Olympiacos on Tuesday to maintain their perfect start in Champions League Group B, but their performance was not convincing.

Speaking in an interview after the game, Rummenigge accused Bayern of playing "too recklessly" and predicted they will run into more problems.

The pressure has grown on Kovac following a home defeat to Hoffenheim and away draw with Augsburg prior to their victory in Greece, but the 48-year-old claimed the speculation over his future has been blown out of proportion.

"When he spoke about carelessness, everyone knows what he meant," Kovac told reporters ahead of Saturday's home league match with Union Berlin. 

"Everyone expects wins - and beautiful football. We expect that too. But you cannot always play nice football. First and foremost, you have to be successful.

"We're struggling defensively at the moment. We're making too many individual mistakes. We have to win our duels and minimise the opponents' chances, then we'll win our games quieter than on Tuesday.

"I can tell you, I'm in contact with my bosses, this storm is being blown in from outside, so I'm quite relaxed. The experience over the past year has been very helpful to me."

Kovac is not the only Bundesliga boss reportedly under threat of being sacked, with Borussia Dortmund counterpart Lucien Favre also in the firing line.

However, with the title rivals due to meet in two weeks, Kovac has questioned why Favre's job is supposedly on the line.

"We're on matchday eight and the coach's future is already being discussed," he said. "It's not just Bayern, but also other clubs. We talk about respect, but this has got nothing to do with respect.

"Lucien has the same points tally as us, has lost one game in the Champions League, and they're still in the [domestic] cup - yet names of possible replacements are already being mentioned. 

"I don't understand. Sometimes the views of a minority is portrayed as majority. You have to be careful."

The biggest shining light for Bayern this term has been the incredible form of [Robert] Lewandowski, who scored for the 12th game running in the victory over Olympiacos.

"I think that he is playing the season of his life," Kovac said. "He enjoys a high status at the club. He is physically in top shape. 

"That gives him the necessary concentration in front of the goal. We are glad to have him."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre remains upbeat about his team's qualification chances, despite their loss to Inter in the Champions League.

Dortmund left Milan emptyhanded after going down 2-0 to hosts Inter in Group F action on Wednesday.

Favre's side succumbed to goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva at San Siro, where Inter leapfrogged Dortmund into second position on goal difference.

Inter and Dortmund are level on four points after three matchdays, three points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Reflecting on the match, Favre – whose position has reportedly come into question amid Jose Mourinho being linked to his job – said: "We played well; in the first half we were very solid, too bad that we conceded that first goal.

"Except for that, it was okay. We didn't have lots of chances but played rather well. We waited patiently and avoided counterattacks. We had a clear chance which we should have done better with.

"We went in at the break a goal down, then had a couple of chances before they made it 2-0. We should have done better with those chances.

"It was our plan to play a compact game and press them in the right moment. We cannot expect to have 10 chances against this team. It is a difficult group, but everything is still possible."

Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga and only one point off the pace after their win over leaders Borussia Monchengladbach last week.

However, Favre – who saw Dortmund finish runners-up to Bayern Munich last season after surrendering a lead atop the table – has still been criticised in Germany.

"Some things were missing, we did not get bodies into the box," Dortmund general manager Sebastian Kehl said, in quotes published on UEFA.com. "Nevertheless, we didn't necessarily have to lose 2-0 today.

"The coach had an idea how to change things, it did work out quite well, we did not allow them a lot, but we were asleep for the opener. I don't think the tactical set-up was the problem."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre refused to discuss Jadon Sancho being dropped for the victory over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund suspended star Sancho for Saturday's clash following reports he returned late from international duty with England this week.

Favre's Dortmund won 1-0 without 19-year-old sensation Sancho thanks to Marco Reus' 58th-minute goal at home to Gladbach.

Asked about Sancho – who has been heavily linked to Premier League giants Manchester United – Favre told reporters: "I am not going to comment on that. It was a disciplinary measure.

"Tomorrow is a new day. That's all. It stays internal."

Sancho has scored three goals and supplied five assists in Bundesliga games this season but started on the bench in the 2-2 draw against Freiburg on October 5.

The Englishman – who arrived from Manchester City in 2017 – scored 12 goals and supplied 14 assists as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich last season.

"We have a responsibility for the club and, in this case, also for the hygiene of the squad," Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said.

"And therefore the decision was without an alternative. [Sancho] trained alone today and we'd like to think he'll be back against Inter [in the Champions League].

"He is only suspended today [Saturday]. Jadon is a good lad, but he's very young and shot to the top. He might test his limits and that's why we decided to not call him up today."

Lucien Favre has called for calm with Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, saying the enormous expectations on the young winger's shoulders are "dangerous".

Sancho was this week named on the shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award - given to the best under-21 player in Europe - following an eye-catching year in Germany.

The 19-year-old has contributed to three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games this season, but Favre started him on the bench for the 2-2 draw at Freiburg two weeks ago due to tiredness.

Favre defended his decision at the time and has reiterated that Sancho cannot be expected to be at his best week in, week out, particularly with so much pressure on him to succeed.

"The expectations on him from everyone are enormous," Favre said at Thursday's news conference ahead of his side's home match with Borussia Monchengladbach. "We forget that he is only 19 years old. That's dangerous. 

"He still has a lot to learn. He's a great player, no discussion about that. But he still has to learn, he needs to continue having fun and making progress.

"His potential is enormous. It's normal for every player. You can't be on a high level for a whole year. It's impossible. One or two months a year you are not at 100 per cent. That is normal. 

"One year ago he basically was never on the pitch and started to play only from October. Before that he was always on the bench and slowly but steadily he showed that he needed to play."

Sancho started England's Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Czech Republic last week and was a second-half substitute for Monday's 6-0 win against Bulgaria.

Favre is concerned by Sancho's workload at such a young age and is keen to protect the former Manchester City youngster.

"He played 73 minutes against the Czech Republic and was brought on against Bulgaria. This is not a break," he said.

"Obviously it's fantastic that he plays for England already. But to me it's completely normal that he needs to hit the brakes a little."

Jadon Sancho should stay at Borussia Dortmund for "one or two seasons longer" as the club is the right place for his development, says Jorg Heinrich.

Sancho has shot to stardom since leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017, scoring 12 goals and supplying 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season.

The England forward has continued to shine in the new campaign with three goals and a league-high five assists to his name despite Dortmund's inconsistent form.

A Premier League return has been mooted for the 19-year-old, with Manchester United among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Sancho.

However, Heinrich, who won two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a Dortmund player, believes BVB remains the best club for Sancho.

"Jadon can become one of the best players in Europe, or even the world," Heinrich told Omnisport.

"It won't be easy to keep him at Dortmund. We hope he plays one or two seasons longer but we all know very, very big clubs with a lot of money want to have him in their team.

"He should know Dortmund is an excellent place for young players to play consistently and to develop on a very, very high level."

Dortmund pushed Bayern Munich hard for the Bundesliga title last term but ultimately finished two points behind the Bavarian giants.

The early weeks of the 2019-20 season have been a struggle for BVB, though, with one win in their past five league games.

"Our aims before the season were very, very high," Heinrich added. "We announced we wanted to win the league this year.

"The season so far hasn't gone that well, but we are not that far away from the top, so we are hoping we can fulfil our aims and take the top of the league."

Dortmund's poor form has put Lucien Favre's position in the spotlight, but Heinrich backed the Swiss coach to turn things around.

"No question about that, Lucien is a fantastic coach," Heinrich said. 

"We have a great amount of young players and have to show patience with that and trust in our young players and especially our coach."

Lucien Favre defended his decision to start Jadon Sancho on the bench in Borussia Dortmund's draw at Freiburg, saying the star attacker was "dead" and needed a break.

Sancho, 19, came off the bench just after the hour-mark and set up a goal for Achraf Hakimi, but Manuel Akanji's own goal saw the teams draw 2-2 on Saturday.

England international Sancho is enjoying another stellar season, contributing three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games.

But the Freiburg clash was Dortmund's third game in the space of a week and Favre said the teenager was too tired to start.

"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," Favre told a news conference.

"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."

With Sancho on the bench, Dortmund had taken the lead through Axel Witsel, whose opener was cancelled out by Luca Waldschmidt.

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," he said.

"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."

Dortmund are seventh in the Bundesliga table, two points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich in what is a tight top half.

Lucien Favre hailed Achraf Hakimi after the youngster struck twice to fire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in Wednesday's Champions League match.

The 20-year-old scored in each half to settle the Group F clash and in the process became the youngest player to score two or more goals for Dortmund in a single game in the competition.

A left-back by trade, on-loan Real Madrid academy product Achraf was used in an attacking midfield position against Slavia and would have had a hat-trick if not for opposition keeper Ondrej Kolar.

"He impressed me," Favre said at his post-match news conference. "He scored two goals despite not being 100 per cent used to playing in this position. 

"Yet he's still very dangerous going forward. We're very satisfied with his performance."

Opposition boss Jindrich Trpisovsky went further with his praise, meanwhile, insisting that Achraf has the ability to become one of the best in his regular position at the back.

"I knew about Hakimi's quality before," Trpisovsky said. "I think that, within a few years, he will be among three or four best full-backs in the world. His potential is tremendous."

Dortmund had drawn their last three matches prior to their victory in the Czech Republic, including a goalless stalemate with Barcelona in their opening group fixture.

The German side have now kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 European matches and are level with Barca, who beat Inter 2-1, at the top of the standings.

BVB skipper Marcos Reus felt his side could have killed off the game prior to Achraf's second goal with a minute to go, but was glad to get back to winning ways.

"We have not been happy with results over the last two or three weeks," he told reporters. "We approached the game as we always do. 

"We should have made it 2-0 earlier, by not doing so we kept the game exciting. But we are pleased to have won the game. 

"We know that we first have to win our challenges and be constantly watchful. Then we can play our style of football and can combine very well."

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed the notion there is unrest behind the scenes due to the board's aim to win the Bundesliga.

Dortmund led the table for much of last season but fell short in the final weeks of the campaign, while their 2019-20 hopes were dealt an early blow by a shock 3-1 defeat at Union Berlin before the international break.

It was subsequently reported there were issues between the board and coach Lucien Favre after he suggested defending champions Bayern Munich were favourites for the title again.

CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has been open about Dortmund's aim to win the league, while Favre has been less forthcoming in discussion of the club's targets.

But ahead of a key clash against fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, Zorc told a news conference on Thursday: "We wondered about this reporting. There is no dissent.

"We do not set a goal without first talking to the coach. That would be crazy. There is no point to talking about it every time. We should pay attention to what happens on the pitch."

Favre said: "I have already said that I agree [with the target]. As a coach, I always want the maximum. These are facts.

"Last season, we played for the championship until the end. That's what we want this season, too. I do not always have to talk about it; I have to take care of my job."

Favre was hopeful both Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard will be available to face Leverkusen, while Dortmund are waiting on the fitness of Nico Schulz and Manuel Akanji.

And the club are set to be boosted by a new contract for Raphael Guerreiro, according to Zorc.

"We have continued talks with him in recent weeks," Zorc said. "I am now ready to say that we have a general contract extension agreement until 2023. I'm very optimistic that we can do it."

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