In the cut of the League had conceded Leader in this five winless Games without Akanji two goals. So, as much as with Akanji of the 3:2 victory on Sunday against the strong Leverkusen, which had last won the Bundesliga four Times in the series.. However, this Threesome had a different quality. And that was mainly because of Akanji.

Against Hoffenheim, the BVB had hergeschenkt a 3:0 and in the last 15 minutes with three goals to the 3:3 conceded. Against the Pillenelf they took the lead over the finish line. Also, because the defense with Akanji was significantly more stable than in the Games before.

“He has a big importance for the team,”

57 percent of the duels won, the Ex-Basel and got praise from all sides. So his Central defender Partner, 19-year-old Dan-Axel Zagadou said: “It is very important that Manuel is fit again. He has a big importance for the team. We need him.”

The Duo Akanji/Zagadou is still unbeaten. Nine Times the two played together now. Dortmund went there with eight wins and a 0:0. Despite the ten goal an immaculate balance sheet.

Akanji itself is not meant to be his return after his hip injury in mid-December: “It was easy for me to have to Play sit by and watch.” And for the frantic final phase, after Bayers Tah in the 75. Minute the connection was successful? “I tried on my teammates to interact with, that we need to stay calm.”

The Spurs-wonder

Akanjis return, was also for sporting Director Michael Zorc is a salvation, because with the national team players there was in the cursed yellow black February, in which the Eleven of Lucien Favre, the Cup (Out against Bremen), and probably also Champions League (0:3 mortgage against Tottenham) is playful, but still a victory. “It is good for us if Manuel is back on the court. He radiates self-confidence and is trying to arrange,” said Zorc.

And then even if team leader Marco Reus back of the gallery-sky may soon be full of violins. Especially if the company “should succeed The miracle of Westphalia” against the Spurs, what Zorc believes.