Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz joked that team star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a “terrible player” amidst links of the Gabon striker with a move to Real Madrid, their next opponents in the Champions League.
Aubameyang, 28, has long been linked with the defending European champions and have spoken of his desire to play for Los Blancos to fulfil a promise made to his Madrid-supporting grandfather in the past.
He will have an opportunity to impress the Spanish champions too, as Dortmund take on Zinedine Zidane’s men in the knowledge that it will be their last fixture in the Champions League this season — although they still require a win to guarantee themselves passage to the Europa League.
However, this comes amidst a poor run of form that has seen Dortmund drop from Bundesliga leaders to sixth and had their hopes to progress in the Champions League cut short, but Bosz remained jovial when quizzed on Aubameyang’s ability to play for Madrid in the future.
“He is a terrible player, very bad, not worth it for Real Madrid,” Bosz said in the pre-match conference against Real. “(but) It’s a joke. I’m telling you that so he stays with us. He is excellent and has the quality to play for Real Madrid but I hope he stays here.”
Bosz comes into the game under increasing pressure and scrutiny, with Dortmund’s only win in their last 11 games coming in their DFB-Pokal fixture against third-tier Magdeburg.
On the other hand, Zinedine Zidane — Bosz’s counterpart at Real — has also come in for criticism with the Spanish giants lagging at fourth in La Liga, eight points adrift of league leaders FC Barcelona just months after winning the Spanish title. Still, Bosz believes that Zidane does not have much cause for concern compared to himself.
“We are in a difficult phase, but must try to play a good match,” he said. “It is not just a game for points, but also for confidence. If Real is in a crisis, then what are we?”