Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has branded the 2019/20 Bundesliga fixture list as 'sub-optimal' as
The Bundesliga fixture list was released on Friday, revealing that reigning champions Bayern Munich would kick off their title defence by welcoming Hertha Berlin to the Allianz Arena on August 16, while Dortmund host Augsburg the following day.
It’s out!— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) June 28, 2019
Our full Bundesliga 2019/20 fixture! pic.twitter.com/yq3FsYE0Zg
In the eyes of Zorc, the 2019/20 fixtures are far from ideal for Dortmund, as they will have to play away from home after every one of their group stage matches in Europe, whereas Bayern are at home for all of their follow-up fixtures.
Speaking about the situation, Zorc said (via Kicker):
And we take on FC Augsburg for the 2019/20 Bundesliga Opener! pic.twitter.com/XzYzeeBbbG— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) June 28, 2019
"In the case of Borussia Dortmund, the DFL has also made every effort to comply with the wishes of the club previously deposited with the DFL in the best possible way, among other things, by taking into account parameters such as a home-away-rhythm.
"We will take into account in the timely fixtures, to enable BVB, like all international Bundesliga teams, to make any necessary regeneration breaks between matches."
Dortmund's fellow Champions League contenders RB Leipzig are also set to play away from home after all of their group stage fixtures and Bayer Leverkusen play three at home and three away.