Dortmund coach Favre extends deal by a year to 2021

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at Red Bull Arena, Leipzig. (Reuters pic)

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has extended his deal with the Bundesliga club by a year to 2021, the league runners-up said on Tuesday.

The Swiss coach took over last year, leading them to second place in the league behind Bayern Munich.

Dortmund had a nine-point lead over the Bavarians midway through the season but had a disappointing start to 2019 and lost out to Bayern who clinched their seventh straight league title on the final matchday.

“He met expectations 100%,” said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in a statement. “It is only natural that we want to form the future together.”

Dortmund also made the Champions League group stage, losing to eventual finalists Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16.

The 61-year-old Favre joined Dortmund from French club Nice.

He had previously coached Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.