Picking the Best Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup to Face Atalanta on Thursday

​Borussia Dortmund host Atalanta in the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday night, and with the Bundesliga seemingly already out of reach, the European competition may be the only chance that die Schwarzgelben have of ending the season with some silverware.

Here is the best potential lineup for the match.


  • Bürki

​Swiss goalkeeper Roman Bürki looked more solid against Hamburg last time out than he has for the majority of the season, and Dortmund fans will be hoping for more of the same on Thursday night.


  • Piszczek
  • Sokratis
  • Toprak
  • Toljan

​One change to the side that kept a well needed clean sheet against Hamburg on Saturday, as Sokratis, who was an unused substitute at the weekend, is set to replace Manuel Akanji who is ineligible to play in the competition.

The clean sheet on Saturday was Dortmund's first since the beginning of the Rückrunde, and if they are to progress into the next round of the Europe League they will need to continue to be solid at the back.


  • Kagawa
  • Weigl
  • Götze

​Despite playing a two in midfield last time out, manager Peter Stöger is set to shuffle his pack and revert back to a three in the middle as Dortmund come up against what is likely to be a five across the middle of the park for Atalanta.

Mario Götze made his return after a small stint out with a back problem on Saturday, and the World Cup winner even grabbed a late goal in the victory, which is something he will be hoping for to happen again on Thursday.


  • Pulisic
  • Batshuayi
  • Reus

​After making his return from 259 days out at the weekend, it might be a wise decision to leave Marco Reus out of the starting lineup on Thursday. However with the Europa League being realistically Dortmund's only hope of silverware this season, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the German superstar start against Atalanta.

Up front, Michy Batshuayi will be hoping to continue his brilliant record of scoring in every game for Dortmund on Thursday night.