After debut in the U21: Knauff’s long journey at BVB

So far, Ansgar Knauff has not really arrived with the BVB professionals this season. Now the winger replenished self-confidence in the DFB jersey.

Made his debut for the German U21: BVB professional Ansgar Knauff.

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33 minutes in the Bundesliga, four minutes in the Champions League: Ansgar Knauff’s performance record with the BVB professionals is still quite manageable this season. The winger is still looking for his place in the team of the new Dortmund coach Marco Rose, who has only brought the 19-year-old as a joker twice so far. On Tuesday, however, Knauff, who is still without a goal participation in the pros this season as well as in his five appearances for the U23 in the 3rd division, was able to celebrate another personal sense of achievement: the youngster made his debut for the German U- 21 national team.

Knauff was substituted on 23 minutes before the end of the game against Hungary by the new U-21 national coach Antonio di Salvo. Although he remained in the 5: 1 success without a goal or assist. But the fact that he was allowed to be there should give the Göttingen-born boost. Originally, he was planned again for the U20s, for whom he was on the field last Thursday in the 0-0 win against Poland. But since his Dortmund team-mate Youssoufa Moukoko (fiber tear), injured, withdrew from the U21, he moved up. Because Knauff had been on the note there for a long time.

Looking ahead, BVB has precise plans with the offensive talent

Whether Knauff will also play with the BVB professionals on Saturday depends heavily on the extent to which the numerous ailing Borussia players are ready for the game against Mainz. Especially with Mahmoud Dahoud and Manuel Akanji it will be a race against time. If they don’t make it, Knauff should at least be in the 20-man squad again – as in the past four league games.

Looking ahead, BVB has precise plans with the offensive talent, who was able to set the first scent brands in the Bundesliga and the premier class in the previous second half of the season. “We will work with Ansgar to ensure that he develops in this direction,” said his coach Marco Rose in preparation for the “Ruhr Nachrichten” when he was asked about the lack of a classic successor to Jadon Sancho, who had left Manchester United. In order to get even better at dribbling, decision-making and finishing, additional exercises are also regularly part of his training schedule.

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