“He can improve”: Süle is also following the fitness issue at BVB

Borussia Dortmund can jump to the top of the Bundesliga on Friday. However, ahead of the match against TSG Hoffenheim, Niklas Süle’s fitness is in the spotlight once again.

When the ex-club arrives, the professionals are generally considered to be especially motivated. But it seems unlikely that Niklas Süle can really prove himself against TSG Hoffenheim on the eve of his 27th birthday. Although Borussia Dortmund can at least temporarily jump to the top of the Bundesliga on Friday (8:30 p.m. / DAZN), the national player should be out at kick-off.

Süle has only played 32 minutes for his new club over the course of the season so far. The newcomer from champion Bayern Munich missed the first two games with a thigh injury he sustained in the cup. But from then on, attention turned to the problem that had accompanied the defender throughout his professional career: lack of fitness.

In any case, Sebastian Kehl did not hide the subject. “I think he can improve on this point,” the BVB sporting director recently said on Sky: “Süle expects that of himself, he doesn’t want to be substituted, he wants to play from the start.”

After all, Kehl also defended his newcomer on a free transfer, who together with his national team colleague Nils Schlotterbeck should make the BVB defense a masterpiece: “He will definitely have to get a bit fitter, but that also has to do with one or both”. another wound.”

At this point, however, the chicken and the egg question arises. Is Süle not in shape because she gets injured often, or is she injured often because she is not in shape? In any case, the truth is that already in Hoffenheim and Munich there was talk of Süle’s diet, his weight and his professionalism.

Matthias Sammer doesn’t think much of it. “Everyone has to deal with prejudice,” the Dortmund consultant told a Prime Video appointment in Munich on Thursday: “He needs rhythm and training, then he will play wonderful games for BVB.”

Süle himself took a clear position on the vagrancy accusation after moving to BVB. “People who bring something like this to the world always only see Niklas Süle, who honestly admits that he likes to eat a hamburger or drink a beer. Yeah and? Do you think other professionals don’t do that?” Frankfurt – and referred to the time after his cruciate ligament rupture eight years ago: “If I had been lazy, I would never have won the Champions League.” after such a serious injury, he made it to the final.”

Ahead of the game against TSG, who can also top the table after three wins in a row, Süle is far from in top form. Most recently, he only came off the bench in a 2-3 victory against Werder Bremen (62nd) and 1-0 against Hertha BSC (86th).

Above all, his league debut against Werder went crazy. Süle, who said that he wanted to win the championship with Dortmund, did not have a good figure, especially conceding the third goal.

National coach Hansi Flick certainly saw that, under which Süle did not have an easy time in Munich. In any case, Süle is not a candidate for a regular spot in the World Cup final (November 20-December 18) under current conditions.

You have to take a step forward.


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