With a hard-fought 4-2 win at SC Freiburg, BVB somewhat improved the previously tense atmosphere around the club. Nevertheless, there is little euphoria in the Borussia Dortmund camp before the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain. Former national player Mario Basler is also skeptical.
“The game in Freiburg wasn’t so convincing that you could say that the problems went away overnight. There are still one or two things where you have to be a little careful,” explained the 54-year-old in his podcast ” Basler is shooting” and added: “I don’t think Dortmund is out of the woods yet.”
Before the three-pointer in Breisgau, coach Edin Terzic’s team had only managed disappointing draws against relegation candidates VfL Bochum (1:1) and 1. FC Heidenheim (2:2).
That’s why one should “not overestimate” the victory in Freiburg, demanded Basler: “It wasn’t necessarily the best.” What’s more: In the opinion of the 1996 European champions, Borussia “won’t be at the top in the long run.”
Will BVB “get their ass kicked” against PSG?
Even in the premier class, Basler doesn’t expect miracles from the black and yellow team. BVB caught a real group of death with PSG, AC Milan and Newcastle United.
“Dortmund is not a favorite in the entire CL group. […] If we’re honest after the first few games, the chance isn’t that great. I don’t see a big turnaround,” emphasized the former midfielder.
Basler revealed that he had spoken to a former Borussia player about the game in advance: “He believes that Dortmund will get their asses kicked in Paris.”
For the stars of the German runner-up, the guest appearance in France is now a “character test,” clarified Basler: “You need balls, you have to show character. They can prove that now.”