Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre remains upbeat about his team's qualification chances, despite their loss to Inter in the Champions League.

Dortmund left Milan emptyhanded after going down 2-0 to hosts Inter in Group F action on Wednesday.

Favre's side succumbed to goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva at San Siro, where Inter leapfrogged Dortmund into second position on goal difference.

Inter and Dortmund are level on four points after three matchdays, three points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Reflecting on the match, Favre – whose position has reportedly come into question amid Jose Mourinho being linked to his job – said: "We played well; in the first half we were very solid, too bad that we conceded that first goal.

"Except for that, it was okay. We didn't have lots of chances but played rather well. We waited patiently and avoided counterattacks. We had a clear chance which we should have done better with.

"We went in at the break a goal down, then had a couple of chances before they made it 2-0. We should have done better with those chances.

"It was our plan to play a compact game and press them in the right moment. We cannot expect to have 10 chances against this team. It is a difficult group, but everything is still possible."

Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga and only one point off the pace after their win over leaders Borussia Monchengladbach last week.

However, Favre – who saw Dortmund finish runners-up to Bayern Munich last season after surrendering a lead atop the table – has still been criticised in Germany.

"Some things were missing, we did not get bodies into the box," Dortmund general manager Sebastian Kehl said, in quotes published on UEFA.com. "Nevertheless, we didn't necessarily have to lose 2-0 today.

"The coach had an idea how to change things, it did work out quite well, we did not allow them a lot, but we were asleep for the opener. I don't think the tactical set-up was the problem."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre refused to discuss Jadon Sancho being dropped for the victory over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund suspended star Sancho for Saturday's clash following reports he returned late from international duty with England this week.

Favre's Dortmund won 1-0 without 19-year-old sensation Sancho thanks to Marco Reus' 58th-minute goal at home to Gladbach.

Asked about Sancho – who has been heavily linked to Premier League giants Manchester United – Favre told reporters: "I am not going to comment on that. It was a disciplinary measure.

"Tomorrow is a new day. That's all. It stays internal."

Sancho has scored three goals and supplied five assists in Bundesliga games this season but started on the bench in the 2-2 draw against Freiburg on October 5.

The Englishman – who arrived from Manchester City in 2017 – scored 12 goals and supplied 14 assists as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich last season.

"We have a responsibility for the club and, in this case, also for the hygiene of the squad," Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said.

"And therefore the decision was without an alternative. [Sancho] trained alone today and we'd like to think he'll be back against Inter [in the Champions League].

"He is only suspended today [Saturday]. Jadon is a good lad, but he's very young and shot to the top. He might test his limits and that's why we decided to not call him up today."

Lucien Favre has called for calm with Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, saying the enormous expectations on the young winger's shoulders are "dangerous".

Sancho was this week named on the shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award - given to the best under-21 player in Europe - following an eye-catching year in Germany.

The 19-year-old has contributed to three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games this season, but Favre started him on the bench for the 2-2 draw at Freiburg two weeks ago due to tiredness.

Favre defended his decision at the time and has reiterated that Sancho cannot be expected to be at his best week in, week out, particularly with so much pressure on him to succeed.

"The expectations on him from everyone are enormous," Favre said at Thursday's news conference ahead of his side's home match with Borussia Monchengladbach. "We forget that he is only 19 years old. That's dangerous. 

"He still has a lot to learn. He's a great player, no discussion about that. But he still has to learn, he needs to continue having fun and making progress.

"His potential is enormous. It's normal for every player. You can't be on a high level for a whole year. It's impossible. One or two months a year you are not at 100 per cent. That is normal. 

"One year ago he basically was never on the pitch and started to play only from October. Before that he was always on the bench and slowly but steadily he showed that he needed to play."

Sancho started England's Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Czech Republic last week and was a second-half substitute for Monday's 6-0 win against Bulgaria.

Favre is concerned by Sancho's workload at such a young age and is keen to protect the former Manchester City youngster.

"He played 73 minutes against the Czech Republic and was brought on against Bulgaria. This is not a break," he said.

"Obviously it's fantastic that he plays for England already. But to me it's completely normal that he needs to hit the brakes a little."

Jadon Sancho should stay at Borussia Dortmund for "one or two seasons longer" as the club is the right place for his development, says Jorg Heinrich.

Sancho has shot to stardom since leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017, scoring 12 goals and supplying 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season.

The England forward has continued to shine in the new campaign with three goals and a league-high five assists to his name despite Dortmund's inconsistent form.

A Premier League return has been mooted for the 19-year-old, with Manchester United among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Sancho.

However, Heinrich, who won two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a Dortmund player, believes BVB remains the best club for Sancho.

"Jadon can become one of the best players in Europe, or even the world," Heinrich told Omnisport.

"It won't be easy to keep him at Dortmund. We hope he plays one or two seasons longer but we all know very, very big clubs with a lot of money want to have him in their team.

"He should know Dortmund is an excellent place for young players to play consistently and to develop on a very, very high level."

Dortmund pushed Bayern Munich hard for the Bundesliga title last term but ultimately finished two points behind the Bavarian giants.

The early weeks of the 2019-20 season have been a struggle for BVB, though, with one win in their past five league games.

"Our aims before the season were very, very high," Heinrich added. "We announced we wanted to win the league this year.

"The season so far hasn't gone that well, but we are not that far away from the top, so we are hoping we can fulfil our aims and take the top of the league."

Dortmund's poor form has put Lucien Favre's position in the spotlight, but Heinrich backed the Swiss coach to turn things around.

"No question about that, Lucien is a fantastic coach," Heinrich said. 

"We have a great amount of young players and have to show patience with that and trust in our young players and especially our coach."

Lucien Favre defended his decision to start Jadon Sancho on the bench in Borussia Dortmund's draw at Freiburg, saying the star attacker was "dead" and needed a break.

Sancho, 19, came off the bench just after the hour-mark and set up a goal for Achraf Hakimi, but Manuel Akanji's own goal saw the teams draw 2-2 on Saturday.

England international Sancho is enjoying another stellar season, contributing three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games.

But the Freiburg clash was Dortmund's third game in the space of a week and Favre said the teenager was too tired to start.

"He was dead and he needed a break because he had played all the games so far. We had an English week, he played everything," Favre told a news conference.

"He is 19 years old and it is completely normal. He knows he's a bit tired and needs a little break.

"It's not easy to do the English weeks. It's part of it, it's our job."

With Sancho on the bench, Dortmund had taken the lead through Axel Witsel, whose opener was cancelled out by Luca Waldschmidt.

But after his team gave up a second lead, Favre rued their second-half performance.

"You don't get many chances to score. We've made mistakes in pressing, in conquering the ball. There was no aggressiveness," he said.

"We go into the duels like this. They counter and we lose the ball unnecessarily. If we can't intervene, we come back, if we can intervene, we have to go into the duel. Then we have to be tough for 90 or 95 minutes.

"But there were also tactical mistakes. And up front, the last 35 metres we have to say clearly, we did not play well here in the second half.

"It was complicated. Five, six times we lost the balls and they countered. It is a gift for me. It is better to hold the ball, play left and right and not be satisfied with 2-1."

Dortmund are seventh in the Bundesliga table, two points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich in what is a tight top half.

Lucien Favre hailed Achraf Hakimi after the youngster struck twice to fire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in Wednesday's Champions League match.

The 20-year-old scored in each half to settle the Group F clash and in the process became the youngest player to score two or more goals for Dortmund in a single game in the competition.

A left-back by trade, on-loan Real Madrid academy product Achraf was used in an attacking midfield position against Slavia and would have had a hat-trick if not for opposition keeper Ondrej Kolar.

"He impressed me," Favre said at his post-match news conference. "He scored two goals despite not being 100 per cent used to playing in this position. 

"Yet he's still very dangerous going forward. We're very satisfied with his performance."

Opposition boss Jindrich Trpisovsky went further with his praise, meanwhile, insisting that Achraf has the ability to become one of the best in his regular position at the back.

"I knew about Hakimi's quality before," Trpisovsky said. "I think that, within a few years, he will be among three or four best full-backs in the world. His potential is tremendous."

Dortmund had drawn their last three matches prior to their victory in the Czech Republic, including a goalless stalemate with Barcelona in their opening group fixture.

The German side have now kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 European matches and are level with Barca, who beat Inter 2-1, at the top of the standings.

BVB skipper Marcos Reus felt his side could have killed off the game prior to Achraf's second goal with a minute to go, but was glad to get back to winning ways.

"We have not been happy with results over the last two or three weeks," he told reporters. "We approached the game as we always do. 

"We should have made it 2-0 earlier, by not doing so we kept the game exciting. But we are pleased to have won the game. 

"We know that we first have to win our challenges and be constantly watchful. Then we can play our style of football and can combine very well."

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed the notion there is unrest behind the scenes due to the board's aim to win the Bundesliga.

Dortmund led the table for much of last season but fell short in the final weeks of the campaign, while their 2019-20 hopes were dealt an early blow by a shock 3-1 defeat at Union Berlin before the international break.

It was subsequently reported there were issues between the board and coach Lucien Favre after he suggested defending champions Bayern Munich were favourites for the title again.

CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has been open about Dortmund's aim to win the league, while Favre has been less forthcoming in discussion of the club's targets.

But ahead of a key clash against fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, Zorc told a news conference on Thursday: "We wondered about this reporting. There is no dissent.

"We do not set a goal without first talking to the coach. That would be crazy. There is no point to talking about it every time. We should pay attention to what happens on the pitch."

Favre said: "I have already said that I agree [with the target]. As a coach, I always want the maximum. These are facts.

"Last season, we played for the championship until the end. That's what we want this season, too. I do not always have to talk about it; I have to take care of my job."

Favre was hopeful both Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard will be available to face Leverkusen, while Dortmund are waiting on the fitness of Nico Schulz and Manuel Akanji.

And the club are set to be boosted by a new contract for Raphael Guerreiro, according to Zorc.

"We have continued talks with him in recent weeks," Zorc said. "I am now ready to say that we have a general contract extension agreement until 2023. I'm very optimistic that we can do it."

Lucien Favre bemoaned Borussia Dortmund's impatience after they stunningly fell victim to Union Berlin in the capital club's maiden Bundesliga win on Saturday.

Marius Bulter scored twice as Union broke their top-flight duck with a shock 3-1 win over last term's runners-up.

Bulter's first-half strike was quickly cancelled out by Paco Alcacer, but the former scored again five minutes after the interval and Sebastian Andersson then added a third for the Bundesliga new boys.

"I think we thought it would be like the second half in Cologne. That was not the case," said Dortmund head coach Favre, referencing last Friday's match in which his side trailed 1-0 at the interval but triumphed courtesy of three goals in the final 20 minutes.

"We have to keep our patience and not play hastily with the score at 1-1; we have to defend very well. This is very important.

"Instead, we have lost our patience [and conceded] an unnecessary goal.

"Even then, we should have kept patient. There was still time to make it 2-2 and maybe win the game as well. Our second half was not good."

Jadon Sancho made Bundesliga history as he inspired Borussia Dortmund with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory away to Cologne on Friday.

Dominick Drexler's header gave Cologne a first-half lead in their first home game since returning to the Bundesliga following last season's promotion.

But Sancho, who also scored in last weekend's 5-1 rout of Augsburg, hauled Lucien Favre's side level in the 70th minute.

The England winger collected a short corner from Thorgan Hazard then advanced towards the box and whipped a wonderful low finish across goalkeeper Timo Horn.

Substitute Achraf Hakimi put Dortmund ahead with four minutes to go, meeting Lukasz Piszczek's right-wing centre with a towering back-post header, then Sancho led a break to set up Paco Alcacer in added time.

Sancho's 15th Bundesliga goal means the former Manchester City talent has become the youngest player to reach that figure in the league's history.

He takes the record from Horst Koppel, who broke through at Stuttgart in the 1960s and went on to enjoy two spells with Borussia Monchengladbach as well as featuring for West Germany.

Sancho is reportedly set to sign a new contract with Dortmund paying €210,000 per week, though the 19-year-old has also been linked with Manchester United.

Dortmund's victory means they move top of the Bundesliga table having earned a pair of wins from their two games.

Defending champions Bayern Munich are five points back ahead of Saturday's trip to Schalke.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre said his Bundesliga hopefuls can get even better following their 5-1 demolition of Augsburg.

Last season's runners-up Dortmund recorded their biggest-ever opening-day victory in the club's 52 seasons in the Bundesliga thanks to Saturday's rout of visiting Augsburg.

Florian Niederlechner gave Augsburg a shock first-minute lead, but that advantage was wiped out by Dortmund's Paco Alcacer two minutes later at Signal-Iduna Park.

It was one-way traffic from that point as Dortmund – who surrendered a nine-point lead to Bayern Munich last season – pilled on four unanswered goals in the second half via Jadon Sancho, captain Marco Reus, Alcacer and Julian Brandt.

"We upped the tempo in the second period, which was very good," Favre told Sky. "The result was then clear and deserved. But we also still have a few things to work on.

"We want to get better every day. What's important for me is that the players make progress – both individually and collectively too.

Reus, who scored Dortmund's third goal 12 minutes into the second half, added: "There was a lot of excitement to be playing our first game at home. The stadium was sold out and the fans were immense once again; especially after we went 1-0 down, they were extremely loud.

"We never doubted we could win this match. It obviously wasn't all perfect, we would've liked to have gone 2-1 up before the interval. At the break we said we needed to play with more purpose. That's how we then created our chances.

"The fact we were playing towards the South Stand in the second half gave us the push we needed, as it always does. You get the feeling you can apply even more pressure, that you're more on your game. We're happy we scored four goals in front of the South Stand."

Germany international Nico Schulz made his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund, alongside fellow new signings Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard, after arriving from Hoffenheim in the off-season.

"That was a very, very good start," Schulz said. "We went about the match the way we'd set out to. We kept our cool after conceding and we're delighted to get our first three points. We went 2-1 ahead relatively early and we had more space after that. Then it got slightly easier for us.

"The chants by the fans are an honour for me, of course. Obviously, the best way to pay them back will be with my performances."

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac lamented his team's mistakes and wastefulness in their DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, though he was not dissatisfied with the performance.

Dortmund claimed the DFL-Supercup with a 2-0 win on Saturday, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho preventing Bayern from winning the German season's curtain-raiser for a fourth consecutive year.

Thiago Alcantara gifted possession to Sancho, who set up Alcacer for the 48th-minute opener, before the England international scored a goal of his own with 21 minutes remaining.

Reflecting on the result, which saw Kingsley Coman denied twice, Kovac told reporters: "Of course, we're sad we lost the match today. I think we turned in a decent display, not a very good one, but decent.

"We were dominant, we made two mistakes Dortmund capitalised on. We failed to take our chances, which is why we lost the match.

"We're in the fourth week of pre-season. It was the first match where everyone played 90 minutes, you can't expect more in this situation. I'm not dissatisfied, of course it wasn't an outstanding performance.

"We must take our chances and not play into Dortmund's hands, losing the ball and allowing counters."

Bayern star Joshua Kimmich added: "They won deservedly, even if they weren't better. We saw two very weak teams in the first half. We attacked in the second half and immediately conceded a goal.

"Dortmund presented us with a lot of mistakes. The problem was that we made even more mistakes and that Dortmund made the most of these mistakes. The level wasn't so high because both teams made many mistakes."

Dortmund looked the brighter and more imaginative of the two sides for much of the clash and coach Lucien Favre – whose team finished two points adrift of Bayern in the Bundesliga last season – said: "We absolutely wanted to win this match.

"Bayern were very strong and had a lot of possession; 65 per cent I think, that's a lot. Nonetheless, we created clear goalscoring chances and defended patiently and very compactly. We performed very, very well."

"If things continue like that until the end of the season, I'll take it," Dortmund's Marco Reus added. "It was a good start today. It goes without saying that the match is not a real benchmark for the season. But it was still a spectacular game, we were more effective today and deserved to get the victory too."

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