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'Tiger' Effenberg out to bite Dortmund in cup clash

27 October 2015, 21:00

Berlin - Just two weeks into his first coaching job at second division Paderborn, ex-Germany international Stefan Effenberg is eyeing a German Cup giant-killing at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old, nicknamed 'the Tiger', has had an immediate impact with two league wins to haul Paderborn away from the relegation places, but faces a big test after high-flying Dortmund hammered Bundesliga bottom side Augsburg 5-1 on Sunday.

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Nevertheless, Effenberg is not phased by taking his team to Dortmund following wins over lowly Eintracht Braunschweig and Union Berlin in Germany's second tier.

"Dortmund is a very good team, but it is our mission to win there," said Effenberg, who won the last of his 35 caps in 1998, ahead of the German Cup second-round clash at Borussia's Westfalenstadion.

"We'll be ready. We also have weapons and we will use them."

Under new coach Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund have lost just once this season with forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus having already scored 29 goals between them in all competitions.

Borussia are second only to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

"We will approach the game respectfully," said Tuchel.

"It is our job to see everything runs on the expected track."

But Effenberg is backing his midfielders Moritz Stoppelkamp and Suleyman Koc to deal with Dortmund's fleet-footed attack and test the hosts' defence.

"Stoppelkamp and Koc are currently in good shape," said Effenberg dryly.

The pick of the round sees holders Wolfsburg host Bayern on Tuesday, while Schalke host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday just three days after the teams last met.

Gladbach beat Schalke 3-1 at home last Sunday in the Bundesliga and the visitors finished with 10 men at Borussia Park after defensive midfielder Johannes Geis was shown a straight red card.

His horror tackle earned him a five-match ban, including the cup match, and left Gladbach's Andre Hahn with a fractured leg and torn cruciate knee ligament. The Borussia midfielder will not play again this season.



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