Europa League instead of Champions League: BVB fails in the premier class not only because of individual mistakes made by players on the pitch, but also those made before the season. The Dortmund squad planners failed. A comment.
Yes, BVB has not had it easy in recent weeks. Bad luck with the injuries hit black and yellow hard. At the 1: 3 in Lisbon and in the associated first preliminary round in the premier class since 2017, many regular players were missing from Mats Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro, Giovanni Reyna, Thorgan Hazard and, last but not least, the company of life insurance Erling Haaland.
Without it, it becomes clear: Dortmund architects failed to put together the squad. The players, some of whom are bought for a lot of money and breadth, lack the necessary quality and the stars who are supposed to provide the decisive moments don’t quite fit Dortmund’s idea of play.
BVB team reveals too big a performance gap
The performance gap in the team is too big, the balance is not right. This time, Nico Schulz, Reinier and Marin Pongracic played against Sporting. Once again, no one could recommend themselves sustainably.
All three found an evening to forget. Schulz again made a major mistake ahead of Lisbon’s first goal, Pongracic revealed shortcomings in his positional game (and thus also contributed to 0: 1) and Reinier, whose father was most recently at SPOX and GOAL about the lack of playing time of his offspring had led, hardly took part in the game.
The possible alternatives to the alternatives were also manageable. The Dortmund bank consisted of a mix of players who had been injured for a long time and did not have enough competitive experience (Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mahmoud Dahoud, Emre Can) and players who under normal circumstances , might not have room. in the team (Steffen Tigges, Ansgar Knauff, Felix Passlack).
Can, originally engaged as a leading player, can neither convince in this nor currently in the sporting role. Against Sporting, the 27-year-old did his side a disservice after a (admittedly controversial) sacking.
BVB scores: catastrophic defensive trio – Reus all pale
Borussia Dortmund are eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon. Several BVB players had a dark day. Individual ratings and reviews.
GREGOR KOBEL: Was not to blame for the goals against, even retained the penalty to make it 3-0 on the first attempt and prevented another Sporting goal with a solid save against Sarabia shortly after the break. Note 3.
THOMAS MEUNIER: It started out very strong, but gradually fell apart as the game progressed. Before the 0: 2, he did not put enough pressure on his opponent. Level 4.
MANUEL AKANJI: The only BVB defender who still radiated reasonably safe and who also offered a good opening. Note 3.
MARIN PONGRACIC: Poor communication with Schulz before 0: 1, weak duel and positional play before 0: 2 – no convincing performance from Mats Hummels’ replacement. Level 4.
NICO SCHULZ: Joined the starting XI of Guerreiro, who was injured during the warm-up. To blame for the first goal with a glaring error. Stayed in the cabin for the break. Score: 5.5.
REINIER JESUS: Had his chance early on, but didn’t use it after a good start. Weak: his tackling behavior before second goal, when he ignored his opponent behind the back and did not pursue. Level 4.
AXEL WITSEL: Calm imagination. One of the many matches this season has been played by the Belgian. Rose took him off the field after 66 minutes. Rating: 4.5.
JUDE BELLINGHAM: Barely took place in the first round, but improved with the break and was Dortmund’s best in the second round. It was still not enough. Note 3.
MARCO REUS: Picked up a lot of balls from behind, but with his pale performance he symbolized BVB’s tired offensive play. After all, he delivered the assist to Malen’s goal in stoppage time. Score: 4.5.
JULIAN BRANDT: Considered Dortmund’s strongest attacking player all season. Well combined with his colleagues, dared to do a lot and launched the only goal of the BVB. Rating: 3.5
DONYELL MALEN: Very lively appearance in the first half, missed the best chance of the game for BVB shortly before the break. At halftime two long pale – but with the goal of consolation. Rating: 3.5.
EMRE CAN: Replaced Schulz in the second half and did a solid defensive job. Did his colleagues a disservice with his – albeit tough – sacking 15 minutes before the end. Score: 5.5.
MAHMOUD DAHOUD: Came 25 minutes before the end for Witsel. No longer seemed remarkable. Level 4.
STEFFEN TIGGES: He came in in the 67th minute for Pongracic and should take care of the goals. But remained ineffective except for a mini-chance. Level 4.
DAN-AXEL ZAGADOU: Replaced Reinier in the 67th minute and had a final phase to forget. He was responsible for the sanction that ultimately made the decision. Score: 5.5.
BVB managers make bad decisions
BVB are really good at recognizing the best talent in Europe and guiding them to Dortmund, Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland are just the latest examples. Along with Gregor Kobel, a high level goalkeeper was also recruited this summer. But when it finally came to replacing the top lost players, Michael Zorc and Co. recently ran out of sensation.
Imagining Thomas Meunier and Donyell Malen as successors to Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho took a lot of imagination. The efforts were not rewarded, the two are completely different types of players and not ideal for Dortmund’s game, which is intensive in running, pressing and characterized by quick switching moments.
In view of the numbers, the appointment schedule and the resulting problematic load management, the BVB must increase its numbers in winter if it does not want to torpedo other objectives at the start of the season.