‘We expect to see a significant increase in performance against Barcelona’: Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre given ultimatum by Michael Zorc after poor run of form
- Borussia Dortmund travel to Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League
- However, the Bundesliga outfit head into the European fixture in poor form
- Lucien Favre’s Dortmund side have dropped down to sixth in the Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed Lucien Favre will remain in charge against Barcelona, but has given the under-fire manager an ultimatum.
The Bundesliga outfit travel to La Liga giants Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League, with Favre’s side looking to seal their place in the round of 16.
However, they head into the clash in poor form and have dropped down to sixth in Bundesliga after being thrashed 4-0 by title rivals Bayern Munich before coming from 3-0 down to draw against relegation-threatened Paderborn on Friday.
Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has come under intense scrutiny after a poor run of form
And speaking ahead of the midweek’s European action, Zorc has warned Favre that the Dortmund board need to see much-improved performances going forward, starting against Lionel Messi and Co.
‘Obviously the topic will be discussed publicly because our situation is more than unsatisfactory,’ he told Funke Sport.
‘Of course we will analyse that very intensively. But we are going to the match in Barcelona with Lucien Favre and we expect to see a significant increase in performance there.
‘We need a performance. We finally need a good performance on the pitch so you can look forward.’
Dortmund have dropped down to sixth in Bundesliga after drawing 3-3 against Paderborn
Dortmund’s CEO Hanz-Joachim Watzke has also warned Favre that his job is under threat, claiming ‘football is always defined by results.’
‘Dear Lucien, you still have our trust, but in the end football is always defined by results,’ he said.
‘We all hope you and the team are able to turn this around. You have all the support we can give you.’
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has demanded performances improve quickly