Previous
Columbus Crew
Chicago Fire
1
0
LIVE 34'
Game Details
LA Galaxy
Houston Dynamo
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Porto
FC Penafiel
2
0
FT
Game Details
Next
SC Paderborn 07SC Paderborn 07
VfB StuttgartVfB Stuttgart
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC CologneFC Cologne
VfL WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hamburg SVHamburg SV
Schalke 04Schalke 04
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt
Bayer LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details

Pep: Schweini must decide future

Transfers
Read
TSG HoffenheimTSG Hoffenheim
Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hannover 96Hannover 96
SC FreiburgSC Freiburg
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia Monchengladbach
FC AugsburgFC Augsburg
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details

Dortmund set to pay Castro clause

Transfers
Read
Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Werder BremenWerder Bremen
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bayern MunichBayern Munich
MainzMainz
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details

Boateng plays down Lewa bustup

Bayern Munich
Read

Dortmund stars defend Mats Hummels

Borussia Dortmund players have jumped to Mats Hummels’ defence after he was demoted to the bench for Germany’s recent World Cup qualifiers.

Germany kept back-to-back clean sheets in Mats Hummels' absence.
Germany kept back-to-back clean sheets in Mats Hummels' absence.

Low praises Mertesacker

Hummels, 24, had been left out of Germany coach Joachim Low’s starting line-up during the 3-0 victory over Austria and the 3-0 win against Faroe Islands over the recent international break, with Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng preferred.

The Dortmund centre-back was named “loser of the week” by several German papers, including football weekly kicker and popular tabloid Bild, which quoted Hummels as saying: “Right now, I will not make any statements, nor will I give any interviews.”

Fellow Dortmund players Ilkay Gundogan and Roman Weidenfeller, however, defended him against the recent criticism.

“It’s not an easy situation for him,” Gundogan, currently sidelined with a back injury, told Ruhr Nachrichten. “However, for me, Mats is one of the best centre-backs in the world. He has helped shape our game in recent years and is a very important figure for me.

“A player goes through times like this sometimes. I have experienced this myself. Mats is intelligent and strong enough to draw the right conclusions. I am not worried about him.”

Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller added that Hummels will get the full support of his team-mates, but told Reviersport: “He is experienced enough to handle the situation.”

BVB coach Jurgen Klopp had defended Hummels earlier this week, saying that “there are days when the midfield does not defend” and, in those situations, “it was of no use to talk about the defenders for one second”.

Meanwhile, Jakub Blazczykowski and Robert Lewandowski both picked up knocks during the recent international break.

The Poland internationals both returned to club duty with minor knee injuries and could miss Saturday’s game against Hamburg.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.