Edin Terzic has vowed to prioritise attacking football at Borussia Dortmund after making the difficult decision to replace Lucien Favre as caretaker head coach.

Dortmund sacked Favre after Saturday's humiliating 5-1 loss to Stuttgart - their heaviest home defeat in over a decade - and placed Terzic in charge for the rest of the season.

The former Besiktas and West Ham assistant will take charge of BVB for the first time on Tuesday when they travel to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

And Terzic, who also worked as a scout during Jurgen Klopp's time at the Westfalenstadion, has made clear the Stuttgart performance can never be repeated. 

"The last 48 hours for me have not been normal because Saturday's defeat hurts," he said at a news conference on Monday. "I want to thank Lucien - we worked very well.

"Now everything is moving fast and we have to show a reaction. What we saw on Saturday was not Borussia Dortmund. We have to show a different face tomorrow."

Dortmund have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last eight games in all competitions but Terzic favours attacking football over remaining tight at the back.

"I'm a product of Borussia Dortmund. I come from the region and have been a fan for ages," he said. "I've been working here for 10 years now and I'm shaped by the past.

"There are two ways you can win a football game: you can concede fewer goals, or you can always try to score one more. I'm more for the latter."

Terzic returned to Dortmund's backroom staff in 2018 when Favre was appointed and has spent the past two-and-a-half years working as the Swiss coach's right-hand man.

And given his close friendship with the man he is replacing on a temporary basis, the 38-year-old admitted it was not an easy choice to accept the job.

"The night was short. I had to think about it because I was part of the coaching team and had to take responsibility for what happened on Saturday," he said.

"I sat down with my family and thought about it. I came to the conclusion that I would accept the assignment.

"I'm only human and I have emotions. The defeat hurt and I've spent more time with Lucien in the last two and a half years than with my family.

"It's not nice to see the decision that was taken, but this is football. The players need to have faith and courage and remember we have done a lot of good things together."

Favre guided Dortmund to a second-place finish in his first season, two points behind champions Bayern Munich, and could not bridge the gap in his second campaign in charge.

BVB started this season with six wins in their opening eight games, but they have lost three home league matches in a row and are six points adrift of leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Explaining his decision to part ways with Favre, who was due to be out of contract at the end of the season, chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "We sat down after the game and came to a unanimous decision.

"It was the performances that led us to the conclusion. We believe the team needs new input. We have to turn things around.

"I spoke to Lucien personally yesterday and thanked him. He performed very well at this club for over two years."

Asked if Terzic could land the job on a permanent basis, Watzke replied: "We made the contract run until the summer of 2021. We will have at least 26 games before then - hopefully more.

"The focus is on getting the team back on track. The summer is a long way away and at that point we will discuss everything."

Mats Hummels let out a laugh of indignation as Stuttgart scored their fifth and final goal in Saturday's 5-1 trouncing of Borussia Dortmund, the defender left at a loss as the visitors claimed a remarkable victory.

But there was no such reaction from Lucien Favre, as Dortmund's coach half-heartedly greeted a couple of his players and coaching staff before disappearing down the tunnel in sheepish fashion, wearing an almost gaunt expression.

Perhaps he knew what was coming – at the very least he will have had a suspicion given he called the loss a "disaster" in his post-match news conference.

It proved to be Favre's final match in charge as a run of three successive Bundesliga home defeats proved the final straw for the club's hierarchy, who dismissed the Swiss manager on Sunday after two and a half years in charge.

But while Favre's spell ends on a sour note, he helped build a team with great potential, one that his former assistant Edin Terzic – appointed as interim head coach until the end of the season – will feel he can mould into a real force with time.

With Favre at the helm, Dortmund signed or brought through an impressive array of youth stars, as we have explored…

Erling Haaland, 20

The current holder of the Golden Boy award, Haaland has established himself as one of the world's most lethal strikers over the past 18 months, first impressing with Salzburg before joining up with Dortmund late last December.

He has scored 23 goals in as many Bundesliga appearances this year, just five strikes fewer than the favourite for the Best FIFA Men's Player award, Robert Lewandowski. Haaland's 46 per cent conversion rate (excluding blocks) is significantly better than the Pole's 35 per cent, however, while he also last month became the quickest to reach 15 Champions League goals in the competition's history.

It remains to be seen how long Dortmund can keep hold of him, but there's no doubt he flourished under Favre and will be key for Terzic once he returns from injury in the New Year.

 

Jadon Sancho, 20

Sancho was signed by Dortmund pre-Favre and enjoyed his initial breakthrough under Peter Stoger, but it was in 2018-19 – under the club's new Swiss coach – when he truly announced himself, winning his first Bundesliga Player of the Month award in the October thanks to a haul of three goals and an assist in three games.

In February this year, when still only 19, Sancho became the first teenager to reach 25 Bundesliga goals, while he made 29 open-play assists in the competition during Favre's reign.

As with Haaland, it seems unlikely Sancho will be with Dortmund in the long term, but in the right conditions, they could be a pair capable of inspiring teams to European success.

For now, though, Terzic will be focused on getting the best out of the England international – he's not scored once in nine Bundesliga outings this term.

 

Giovanni Reyna, 18

A real gem – anyone who has watched Reyna in action will surely be filled with excitement. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has a playing style and demeanour that resembles Brazil and Milan great Kaka, and he is already having an impact at first-team level having been given his debut by Favre in January.

The American then became the first 17-year-old to record three assists in a single Bundesliga match since records began in 1992 during Dortmund's 4-0 victory over Freiburg in October – two were well-weighted throughballs for Erling Haaland, the other a pinpoint set-piece delivery.

Reyna signed a new five-year deal recently and looks set to torment Bundesliga defences for many seasons to come.

Jude Bellingham, 17

A classy attack-minded midfielder, Bellingham was a sizeable investment in pre-season, arriving from Birmingham City where he had become a key player despite his age. Some still expected him to initially move into Dortmund's second team, but Favre's belief in the teenager was made clear.

He has already featured nine times in the Bundesliga and became Dortmund's youngest ever goalscorer (17 years, 77 days) when netting a fine debut effort against Duisburg in the DFB-Pokal earlier this season.

Already an England international, Bellingham is another talent who appears capable of defining an era at Dortmund if they can keep hold of him.

Youssoufa Moukoko, 16

The jewel in the crown? Perhaps it's too early to make such judgements, but it's fair to say Favre had been excited about Moukoko long before making him the Bundesliga's youngest ever player a day after his 16th birthday in November. He then broke the same record in the Champions League.

A Germany youth international, Moukoko smashed all sorts of records in Dortmund's youth teams, such as netting 34 times in 20 games in the Bundesliga's youth division and scoring in the UEFA Youth League when he was just 14.

Moukoko has looked lively in his four Bundesliga cameos this season and might even be entrusted with a first start by Terzic in the absence of Haaland.

Given the ease he took to every other level he has played at, few would bet against Moukoko continuing that trend in the top tier.

Borussia Dortmund dismissed head coach Lucien Favre on Sunday, with unheralded assistant Edin Terzic promoted to take charge until the end of the campaign.

Favre's sacking came on the back of a humiliating 5-1 loss to Stuttgart on Saturday - BVB suffering a third straight home loss in the Bundesliga for the first time since 2013-14, and their heaviest at the Westfalenstadion in over a decade.

Rather than turn to a big-name replacement, Dortmund followed the blueprint of title rivals Bayern Munich in promoting from within by placing Terzic in charge of first-team affairs.

Following the treble-winning success of Hansi Flick at Bayern upon replacing Niko Kovac in November 2019, Dortmund will now be hoping for a positive outcome themselves over the coming months.

But exactly who is Terzic and what are his strong ties to another Champions League winning boss in Jurgen Klopp?

Getting the breaks

Terzic represented four different clubs across a seven-year playing career, none of those teams plying their trade higher than the fourth tier of German football at the time.

His coaching breakthrough came during a three-year spell at Dortmund from 2010 when working as assistant for several of the youth sides up to under-19s level.

He also spent time working as a scout during Klopp's time in charge, a similar position to the one previously held by David Wagner, most recently in charge of Schalke.

Terzic later said of Klopp, when his appointment was announced by Liverpool: "He is very intelligent, he is funny and he is very successful."

The 38-year-old Terzic, looking to advance his own career, took the decision to work abroad and spent four years outside Germany, first at Super Lig side Besiktas and then with West Ham in the Premier League.

Terzic worked as assistant to Slaven Bilic in both of those jobs, having previously been approached to join the Croatian at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Hammer blow leads to new opportunities

Bilic's sacking as West Ham boss in November 2017 subsequently left Terzic without a job but he used the time wisely, completing the English FA's highest coaching qualification badge the following year.

Among others to graduate from the 18-month course that year were Nicky Butt, Nigel Clough, David James, Graham Potter and Nemanja Vidic.

Terzic was back at Dortmund in 2018, this time as assistant first-team coach to Favre, the man he would go on to succeed in a caretaker basis two and a half years later.

Tuesday's trip to Werder Bremen will not be the German's first match as BVB head coach, having stood in for a game in February 2019 alongside fellow assists Michael Stefes after Favre fell ill. Dortmund squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed head coach Lucien Favre has been sacked following Saturday's 5-1 loss to Stuttgart. 

The Bundesliga club announced the decision less than 24 hours after a humiliating home defeat that left them sitting outside the top four in the table. 

Favre branded the result a "disaster" in a post-match interview, having seen his side slump to a third straight league defeat at Signal Iduna Park. 

Edin Terzic takes charge until the end of the campaign, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Werder Bremen, as Dortmund search for a new permanent head coach.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, chairman of Dortmund’s management board, said in a statement: “We are all grateful to Lucien Favre for his excellent work over the past two and a half years, in which he and his team finished runner-up twice.

“As a professional and as a person, Lucien Favre is beyond any doubt.”

Favre was appointed in May 2018, the former Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach boss returning to Germany after a spell in France with Nice. 

The Swiss coach, initially appointed on a two-year deal before signing a 12-month extension in June 2019, enjoyed a stunning start, going 15 league games unbeaten to open the 2018-19 season. 

However, Dortmund would end up missing out on the title, finishing two points behind champions Bayern Munich. It was the same story again the following campaign too, albeit with the gap between the teams increasing. 

There was hope BVB may be able to end Bayern's domestic dominance when they started the new season with six wins in their opening eight games, but results have dipped of late.

Favre had secured qualification for the last-16 stage of the Champions League, but the Stuttgart hammering - one that emphatically halted a 13-game unbeaten home run against promoted teams - proved to be the last game of his tenure.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Lucien Favre has been sacked following Saturday's 5-1 loss to Stuttgart. 

Lucien Favre held nothing back when assessing Borussia Dortmund's performance after a humiliating 5-1 home loss to Stuttgart on Saturday.

The stunning result means Dortmund have now suffered three straight defeats at home in the Bundesliga for the first time since the 2013-14 season, when Jurgen Klopp was in charge. 

Favre's future will come under scrutiny following this latest setback, despite steering BVB through to the last-16 stage of the Champions League.

The Swiss coach admitted his side - without the injured Erling Haaland - were masters of their own downfall, branding the display "very, very bad" while also praising their opponents.

"That was a disaster. It was bad," Favre told the media after the game.

"We weren't good at winning the ball. We made too many big mistakes. That's hard to explain. If you are not good at winning the ball, I mean the whole team, then you have a problem. 

"Stuttgart played well, but we were very, very bad. That will not do. Stuttgart played well in the first half, but we made it 1-1. 

"Still, we wanted to do better in the second half. We gave up a very stupid goal. That worried the team. We weren't there today. "

Dortmund had only lost one of the previous 16 league meetings between the teams, while they were on a 13-game unbeaten run at home against promoted sides. 

However, Stuttgart had not lost on the road since returning to the top tier, a run that now stands at six matches after they demolished their opponents at Signal Iduna Park. 

Silas Wamangituka scored twice, his brace sandwiching an equaliser from Giovanni Reyna, before Stuttgart pulled clear with two goals in three minutes, Philipp Forster and Tanguy Coulibaly on target. Substitute Nicolas Gonzalez then added a fifth in added time. 

Captain Marco Reus accepted the result is unacceptable for Dortmund, who have now won only six of their 11 league games this term, leaving them outside the top four in the table.

"Stuttgart showed us how we actually wanted to play," Reus said. "They were aggressive. They were very compact, switched over when they lost the ball and played great together at the front. 

"It's not a coincidence. We just missed everything we really need on the pitch. It's a very, very difficult evening. 

"We have to digest it first. We are not allowed to present ourselves like that. We have to talk about it and report the errors."

Dortmund have little time to reflect, though, as they are back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Werder Bremen in Bundesliga action.

Erling Haaland has been ruled out until January with a torn hamstring that head coach Lucien Favre has suggested could have been avoided had the striker not been overused.

The Norway international was left out of Dortmund's squad for Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with Lazio as a result of the injury he sustained in training.

He has featured 14 times for Dortmund in all competitions this term, starting 13 of those games and scoring 17 times.

However, BVB will now have to make do without the 20-year-old for the remainder of 2020 in a major blow for Favre.

"He won't play before the beginning of January. He may have played too much," Favre told Sky Germany. "At first we thought it wouldn't be that bad. But he can't play now."

Dortmund sit four points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and face Eintracht Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and Union Berlin before the end of the year.

They also have a trip to Eintracht Braunschweig in the DFB-Pokal second round and a Champions League meeting with Zenit next week in what is a hectic month.

Haaland, who netted 16 goals in just 18 appearances for the club last season, will hope to be back for Dortmund's trip to high-flying RB Leipzig on January 9, which comes six days after they host Wolfsburg to begin 2021.

Since Haaland's debut, Dortmund have been without the star for just three Bundesliga matches – but they have won all of them while scoring nine goals. With Haaland, Dortmund have recorded 16 wins and seven losses since his debut in January.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre is confident Jadon Sancho will recapture his best form after scoring in Tuesday's win over Club Brugge.

Sancho became the first Englishman to score a direct free-kick in the Champions League while playing for a non-English side since David Beckham for Real Madrid in 2005.

The forward has been unable to live up to the standards he set last season, when he scored 20 goals and provided 19 assists in 44 games in all competitions.

Sancho's goal against Brugge was his third of the campaign, to go with four assists, in 10 games.

Favre was happy to see the 20-year-old – who was heavily linked with Manchester United during the previous transfer window – on the scoresheet and believes he will get back to his best.

"Of course, I'm really happy that he scored again. A very beautiful goal from a direct free-kick. We have a few players who can do that. He did it really, really well," he told a news conference.

"His goal has relieved us. A two-goal cushion coming one minute from the break was important, that was good for all of us.

"All over, he played really well, ran a lot. But I repeat, it is normal, a player cannot always be in his best shape. Sometimes it's like this, then like that."

Favre added: "I stayed very calm, just like my colleagues. We know what our players are like.

"Sometimes I say that they cannot be in their best form all year. That’s impossible. Last season was special for Jadon. Of course, he should digest that. But he will come back bit by bit."

Erling Haaland scored either side of Sancho's free-kick as Dortmund moved onto nine points, enough to sit top of Group F.

Haaland scored his 15th and 16th Champions League goals in only his 12th appearance, the fewest it has taken for a player to reach 15 goals in the competition.

At long last, one of the world's most promising young footballers is eligible to make his professional bow, as Borussia Dortmund prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko turned 16 on Friday.

The Germany Under-20 international has long given Dortmund coaches, players and fans cause for excitement, with his accomplishments in the club's academy over the past few years attracting widespread attention.

He made history on the European stage a little over a year ago in October 2019 when, still just 14, became the youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Youth League – the previous record-holders had been well over a year older when they netted their first goals.

The previous season Moukoko had scored 50 goals and earned his promotion to Dortmund's Under-19s, and he took to that level with similar comfort, setting a new record as he scored 34 goals from just 20 games in the Bundesliga's youth division.

And such form has continued into the 2020-21 campaign with a remarkable haul of 10 goals in just three league matches.

Finally, his shot at the big time appears to be here.

A long time coming 


But why has it seemingly taken so long for Moukoko to be introduced to first-team football? After all, former Dortmund star Nuri Sahin, the current record-holder as the Bundesliga's youngest-ever player, believes the youngster is wasting his time in the Under-19s.

Sahin told Kicker: "Youssoufa must now take the next step - the Under-19s is too easy for him."

Well, quite, but German Football League (DFL) regulations have long been rather strict regarding the minimum age of its players.

Generally, before this season, players have had to be 17 years old in order to get a DFL gaming license – the absolute earliest they could make their professional debut until 2020-21 was 16 years and six months.

However, that was altered in April to allow players to become eligible at the age of 16, bringing the Bundesliga in line with many of Europe's other major leagues.

Therefore, with Moukoko's 16th birthday on Friday, there is the very real possibility of the teenager being involved in a Bundesliga match for the first time this weekend as Dortmund go to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

While undoubtedly a step up, Dortmund have worked to ensure Moukoko doesn't suffer too much of a shock to his system, with sporting director Michael Zorc revealing in June that the youngster was to be integrated with the first-team squad "immediately" so he could be used in the top flight from his 16th birthday.

His time has come.

Historic feats within reach

Given Moukoko will be the first player to benefit from this rule alteration and his debut could come literally a day after he becomes eligible, there are several records waiting to be smashed.

As previously mentioned, Sahin holds both the club and Bundesliga record for the youngest debutant having been 16 years, 11 months and one day old.

The only other player to feature in the Bundesliga before turning 17 was Yann Bisseck (16 years, 11 months and 28 days) for Cologne in November 2017, though unfortunately he was unable to sustain that breakthrough and has spent most of his time since out on loan.

There are three other Dortmund players in the top 10 youngest Bundesliga debutants – Ibrahim Tanko (17y, 1m, 30d) in September 1994 and current first-team talents Giovanni Reyna (17y, 2m, 5d) and Jude Bellingham (17y, 2m, 21d) in January and September this year, respectively.

Sahin (17y, 2m, 21d) had also held the record for the Bundesliga's youngest goalscorer until Bayer Leverkusen's gifted winger Florian Wirtz (17y, 1m, 3d) came along and snatched it away in June this year.

Nevertheless, that too looks set to be smashed by Moukoko assuming he makes a bright start to his Bundesliga career, and given the ease at which he has taken to pretty much every other challenge until now, few would bet against him.

Erling Haaland recently suggested Moukoko is even better than he was at the same age – a scary thought if you are a defender employed in the Bundesliga.

They have been warned.

Lucien Favre saw plenty of reasons for optimism in an "incredible" Klassiker, but defeat still hurt for Borussia Dortmund against title rivals Bayern Munich.

Dortmund slipped to third on Saturday, three points behind leaders Bayern after a 3-2 win for the defending champions at Signal Iduna Park.

BVB led through Marco Reus late in the first half but quickly conceded a deflected equaliser to David Alaba, setting the stage for Robert Lewandowski to mark his 300th game for Bayern with his 259th goal - his 19th in 22 against his former club - after the interval.

Lewandowski then sent through Leroy Sane for number three, before Erling Haaland brought Dortmund back into the game, although that goal proved in vain as Reus missed a huge chance to equalise.

There were 29 shots in all, not including two disallowed Bayern goals, in an epic back-and-forth.

And although Hansi Flick's side could have been out of sight before Haaland teed up a tense finish, the home coach felt hard done by.

Favre said: "It was a good game overall, very good for the spectators on TV.

"We had many, many chances to score - even in the first half. All in all, we have to be positive, we did a good job. We had so many chances to score, it was incredible.

"But we conceded three goals and lost. It's hard to accept."

Favre's two centre-backs disagreed on whether Dortmund deserved better, with Mats Hummels suggesting his team were unfortunate.

"There was a lack of calm in front of the goal," the ex-Bayern man said. "What can you say?

"All three goals conceded were deflected. We didn't dominate, but we were not lucky either. It was an attacking game. Unfortunately, we missed many, many good opportunities.

"Fortune and misfortune are often decisive in the top games, but we tried again and again.

"In the end, we go home with zero points in a game that can end differently. It's a shame, but that's football."

As Hummels appeared to bemoan Dortmund's inability to take their chances - hitting the target with just five of their 15 efforts - defensive colleague Manuel Akanji was equally concerned by lapses at the back.

Alaba's free-kick - Bayern's 100th Bundesliga goal under Flick - was the first BVB had conceded in 441 minutes in the league, yet Akanji acknowledged fault at both ends of the field.

"Three goals is too many," he said. "Too much is expected of our attack to score three or four goals.

"We had the chances up front, but we weren't efficient enough. And then we allowed too many chances at the back.

"We see that we can compete; we had enough chances. We have to exploit them and work even better defensively. Then we'll see where that leads."

Erling Haaland is "almost obsessed with success" but comparing him with Robert Lewandowski is pointless, according to Michael Zorc.

Two of Europe's most feared strikers go head to head on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski was the top scorer in Europe's top-five leagues last season, hitting 51 goals to propel Bayern to a treble triumph, and he set a Bundesliga record by scoring 10 goals in the first five matchdays of 2020-21.

Haaland, meanwhile, has managed five goals in as many Bundesliga appearances this term from a total of 15 shots. That puts the Dortmund striker's shot conversion rate at 29.4, a little way behind Lewandowski's 34.5, but he has scored 66.7 per cent of his certified big chances this term, a better tally than Lewandowski's (58.3).

Haaland is 12 years Lewandowski's junior and Dortmund sporting director Zorc feels it is too soon to compare the two, although the 20-year-old's determination to succeed seems likely to see him reach similar standards.

"They are different types of players. They score a lot of goals, but they have a different age," Zorc told reporters ahead of the Klassiker.

"We're happy to have Erling. He's not just good for us because of goals, but also because he exudes a will to improve all the time.

"He's almost obsessed with success. The comparisons are for journalists and experts, not us."

Head coach Lucien Favre believes Haaland is important in terms of not conceding goals, not only scoring them.

Dortmund conceded 44 Bundesliga goals in Favre's first season in charge, which improved to 41 in 2019-20. They also kept 15 clean sheets last term compared to 10 this season before.

They faced fewer shots on target (106) than in 2018-19 (134), something Favre says is down to improved defending from across the team, as they attempt to set a Bundesliga record of five consecutive clean sheets.

"We were okay in the first year, we didn't concede a lot of goals in the first half of the season, but now we're doing better," he said.

"What matters is that we all defend. A team has to defend together – that starts with the striker. It's the whole team that has to do it."

Bayern have won all three competitive games against Dortmund under Hansi Flick, including the DFL-Supercup in September, when they triumphed 3-2.

They effectively ended Dortmund's title hopes in May with a 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park, courtesy of Joshua Kimmich's sublime chip, but BVB were aggrieved Haaland was not awarded a penalty when a shot struck Jerome Boateng's arm in the box.

"I think the attraction is always very great. We saw the last two games were close, with only one goal settling both," said Zorc.

"We lost the last home game because of a blatantly bad decision. That's beyond dispute. We have self-confidence and we want to throw everything into the mix tomorrow to win."

Jadon Sancho's recent dip in form could have been caused by the incessant transfer speculation surrounding him during pre-season, according to Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre. 

Sancho was the subject of intense transfer rumours in the close-season as Manchester United reportedly attempted to prise the England international away. 

Dortmund maintained early on that Sancho was not for sale once an August deadline passed, and they successfully resisted United's apparent attempts to make a deal happen. 

But, while no move transpired, Favre suggests it was not a case of no harm being done. 

Sancho has only had a hand in two goals (two assists) in four Bundesliga matches at the start of 2020-21, a somewhat disappointing figure by his usual standards.

Favre believes the pre-season saga could have affected him. 

"Every player has slow periods," he said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Zenit. 

"There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an impact. 

"But no player is consistently in top form for an entire year, that's impossible. You have to accept that." 

Last season, Sancho created a total of 69 goal-scoring chances in the Bundesliga, ultimately leading to 16 assists. He also scored 17 times, meaning he was involved in 33 goals in 32 games. 

While his key pass frequency was 2.71 per 90 minutes in 2019-20, that has only decreased slightly to 2.04 this term, therefore he is still creating opportunities. 

Nevertheless, Sancho is already behind in regards to his overall productivity in comparison to the previous season.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insisted Manchester United target Jadon Sancho will not be sold before the transfer window closes.

Sancho has emerged as United's number one transfer target, though the Premier League giants have been unable to prise the England international from Dortmund.

Dortmund have been adamant Sancho will stay in 2020-21, with United so far unwilling to meet the Bundesliga club's €120million (£108m) asking price.

With United reportedly still trying to negotiate a deal before Monday's deadline, Zorc issued a warning having previously declared the 20-year-old will continue at Dortmund.

"Obviously we have talked to Manchester United in the past," said Zorc, who has fielded repeated questions about Sancho's future.

"But everything that needs to be said regarding this topic has already been said by me and all the people in charge at Borussia Dortmund.

"This will not change over the next three days."

Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre was also asked about Sancho, who missed Wednesday's 3-2 DFL-Supercup loss to Bayern Munich.

As Dortmund prepare for Saturday's Bundesliga fixture against Freiburg, Favre said: "Jadon has a slight cold, we'll see."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre is making the same mistakes as Pep Guardiola with his team selection, according to Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthaus.

Dortmund finished 13 points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga last season, with May's 1-0 home loss to Hansi Flick's side proving pivotal in a previously tight title race.

Joshua Kimmich's wonderful chip proved decisive at Signal Iduna Park as Bayern opened up a seven-point lead at the summit that they would only extend.

Favre left attacker Jadon Sancho and Emre Can on the bench until half-time due to fitness concerns, which Matthaus believes proved costly in the grand scheme of things.

And in his latest swipe at Manchester City boss Guardiola, who he described as "egocentric" earlier this month, Matthaus accused Favre of unnecessarily tweaking his side. 

"Not starting Sancho and Emre Can in a top game like against Bayern made the difference in the 1-0 defeat in the second half of the season," he told Sport Bild.

"It reminds me of Pep Guardiola's mistake in the Champions League against Lyon when he put Kevin De Bruyne on the right instead of his regular position."

Dortmund thrashed Duisburg 5-0 in round one of the DFB-Pokal on Monday and take on Borussia Monchengladbach in their opening 2020-21 Bundesliga fixture this weekend.

Despite last term's runners-up keeping hold of most of their key players this window and adding Jude Bellingham, Thomas Meunier and Reinier, Matthaus cannot see past a ninth title in a row for Bayern.

"Dortmund would become champions if Bayern weren't in the Bundesliga," he said.

"Otherwise, BVB need a 100-per-cent season and Bayern to make mistakes at the same time. But it was Favre who made these mistakes last season." 

Jadon Sancho was on target for Borussia Dortmund as they romped to a 5-0 victory over Duisburg in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. 

The England international has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, although Dortmund do not appear to be keen on parting with their most prized asset. 

Sancho got them on their way at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena with a 14th-minute penalty before Jude Bellingham, an off-season signing from Birmingham City, marked his debut with a goal after half an hour.

Any hopes the hosts had of clawing their way back into the game were dashed shortly before the interval when Dominic Volkmer was dismissed for a professional foul on Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard added a third from the resulting free-kick. 

Giovanni Reyna and Marco Reus then added gloss to the scoreline in the second half as Dortmund warmed up for their Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in style.

 

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