The former Bundesliga player and today’s TV expert Bastian Schweinsteiger has analyzed why Borussia Dortmund is having such a difficult time in the title race with FC Bayern. The former national player identified several problems at BVB.
“I find Borussia very interesting,” admitted Schweinsteiger in “kicker”. In the 5-1 win against SC Freiburg in mid-January, for example, BVB had “a world-class phase”, but then “were unfocused and “fell into a hole”.
All in all, it was “extremely good” what the Dortmund team around managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke would do, said Schweinsteiger and praised the Westphalians with a view to the transfer policy. “But if you want to compete with Bayern, you can’t keep losing the best players,” warned the 37-year-old at the same time.
But it’s not just the loss of top stars that would prevent the Black and Yellows from succeeding, the question of mentality is and will remain an issue in Dortmund. Schweinsteiger explained that he himself had grown through FC Bayern in the leadership strength that was already inherent in his character.
Schweinsteiger: BVB can no longer catch up with FC Bayern
Once you have become a leader, you have to confirm this quality of leadership through performance on the pitch, emphasized the 2014 world champion. year olds.
It’s not enough that players like Emre Can or Erling Haaland go ahead alone, continues the long-time Bundesliga star, who also named Jude Bellingham in addition to the duo. The England youngster is “world class”. “But is the 18-year-old boy ready to push the team forward as spokesman?” Schweinsteiger wondered.
For the TV expert, it is clear at six points in the table: “It will be this year [für den BVB] are no longer enough to knock Bayern off the throne.” He would like to see “strong Dortmunders for the league and internationally”.
“At BVB it’s the (lack of) consistency”
But things didn’t go well for Borussia there either. No wonder for Schweinsteiger. “Dortmund have conceded 31 goals after 20 league games, so they shouldn’t be surprised if they’re eliminated from the Champions League,” said the 37-year-old.
On the other hand, Schweinsteiger did not want to accept that the European competition is now ahead financially and therefore has an advantage. The financial advantages were there before, in 2013 we still had the Dortmund final against Bayern,” said the former midfielder. “BVB had eliminated Real Madrid, Real had more money then too. It’s about consistency.”
According to the TV expert, many Bundesliga teams only play very well for 60 minutes, then it gets less. “Except for FC Bayern. That’s why they’re the only ones in the knockout stages,” Schweinsteiger analyzed.