Borussia Dortmund had an evening to forget at Sporting Lisbon and have now played in the Europa League. It’s not just the team on the pitch that is to blame for this. Three glimpses of the end of the Champions League.
“The sport did nothing for the game and won 3-1. It’s hard to accept,” said a Marco Reus forced after leaving the Champions League and a night after all “shit” at the microphone from DAZN.
However, the BVB did even less in the self-proclaimed “final” than the Portuguese, who mostly limited themselves to the counterattack, for whom that was also a thing, by the way.
The Dortmunders missed a clear game idea and were disturbed too quickly. The performance in Lisbon also showed that the second suit is far from in place. Three previews of the Westphalian Premier League.
BVB indictment against Lisbon: Dortmund misses everything
“We have an important final in front of our chests,” BVB coach Marco Rose said ahead of the game against Sporting. Advancement into the premier class was ultimately at stake – a classic do-or-die-hard game.
However, the BVB did not give the impression that they had done everything necessary to advance to the next round. Even though Dortmund had almost twice as much possession as Sporting, the Rose-Elf had no idea what to do with it.
Frustrated and served: BVB captain Marco Reus and BVB have left the Champions League.
The game of the Westphalians was too unimaginative and static, many attacks were not played cleanly to the end. Other than the usual early start, as has been so often the case this season, it was not possible to see what would distinguish the game from BVB. Against a compact Sporting in defense, Dortmund have – yet – rarely come dangerously in front of goal.
The second half, in particular, was like an indictment: BVB only took two shots on goal (Sporting 4) – beware, they were down 2-0. Considering the starting position, there should have been a Dortmund firework display.
And Sporty? They remained passive, especially at the start, despite the actual endgame of the game, but were “more uncompromising and consistent” (Rose) than BVB. Head coach Ruben Amorim appeared to have prepared his team well for the guests’ weaknesses. Unlike Rose, perhaps, as he didn’t even know the name of the person he was talking to until almost 24 hours before the meeting.
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 team is not good enough in terms of width
Of course, the BVB is missing or missing a few top players, especially Erling Haaland, who has been injured for weeks. But this should not mask the lack of quality and breadth of the second rank.
Nico Schulz, Reinier or Marin Pongracic: None of the so-called reservists manages to put pressure on the first returnees, and even less to recommend themselves as an adequate alternative. Without players like Haaland or Raphael Guerreiro in the starting XI, Dortmund lack creativity and punch. The gap in the Dortmund team is far too big.
Schulz, who was ordered in the starting lineup for a short-term injured Guerreiro, was responsible for the 0-1 with his retirement, while Pongracic missed any positional and duel match, especially before conceding the second goal. Reinier remained pale offensively (a shot on goal) and left too much space for Pedro Gonçalves behind at 0: 2.
Along with Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mahmoud Dahoud and Emre Can, three players sat on the bench, who had recently had virtually no match training after months or weeks of injuries. Steffen Tigges, Ansgar Knauff, or Felix Passlack, on the other hand, would likely struggle to make the team with a full cast.
And it happens that actors like Manuel Akanji, Jude Bellingham or Reus play almost every game over the entire distance (keyword stress control). If the Dortmund side remain true to their injury misfortune, things look bleak for the rest of the season according to the current squad.
BVB is again a victim of its own lack of focus
“They were totally anxious at the start,” said Reus, referring to Sporting. After 30 minutes, however, Dortmund did it.
The game had indeed started strong for BVB despite the lack of penetration. After initial difficulties, the Dortmund team took control. But with everything pointing to an uneventful first half, Schulz initiated the Sporting lead with his nowhere error.
This obviously upset the Dortmunders. From that moment on, BVB suffered from a great lack of concentration, came under further pressure by Sporting and did not concede the second goal until nine minutes later.
It wasn’t the first time the Westphalians had torpedoed a solid starting position through their own lack of focus.