Borussia Dortmund experienced a bad afternoon: In the Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen, the runners-up conceded five goals in their own stadium. That shocked BVB in particular. After all, they had prepared so precisely for so many things.
Marco Rose was annoyed: “What made me turn around, I don’t want to talk about it. When children hear that, it becomes difficult,” said the Borussia Dortmund coach early on Sunday evening about a scene at the end of a bitter Bundesliga afternoon. Rose, coach of BVB, had lined up a bullying fan behind his bench. More lastingly than the apparently drunk Krakeeler, however, Rose should have taken the game himself. His impressively shaky team went down 2: 5 (1: 3) against Bayer Leverkusen.
Lots of goals conceded, again. Great spectacle, as usual. Twice open football battles went well in the second half of the season: Eintracht Frankfurt and TSG Hoffenheim were beaten 3-2 each, and the league and themselves were enthusiastic about the 5-1 win against SC Freiburg. But this time it was far too wild. And Rose shook her head. Not just about the fan, who should be quickly given over to oblivion. But there is still talk about the game.
BVB should “defend harder and more consistently”
It’s certainly not as if the former Mainz Bundesliga professional would carelessly hand over the sporting fate into the hands of his footballers with a shrug of the shoulders: “It has to be in everyone’s mind that we – damn it – defend our own goal harder and more consistently.” , was the demand he vehemently made to his team on Friday. Two days later, after a bad Sunday, Rose knew: Both his meticulous training plans and his clear words had no effect.
They went unheard or were lost in the nervous background noise of Dortmund’s insecurity. At 2: 5, Borussia Dortmund received a decent amount of football from Bayer Leverkusen. Manuel Akanji’s own goal started the debacle, but it wasn’t just the Swiss’s mishap that Rose commented afterwards: “We put our own balls in the back every few minutes.”
In the absence of defense chief Mats Hummels, his team allowed a lot. And everyone knew what was important against Bayer Leverkusen, who had regained their strength and who scored five times in the second Bundesliga game in a row: “We knew that they were quick to switch situations,” said unfortunate goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.
“Today there were so many situations where they countered and played again or stood in front of me.” And things could have gotten a lot worse after Kobel: “There were ten other situations in which they didn’t play well, where you could score. That’s not enough.” It was to be expected, the fast transition game is the core competence of Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s the things we addressed,” said Rose at “DAZN”. “What was missing was exactly what we prepared for,” said goalkeeper Kobel.
Shocking statistics at BVB
Borussia Dortmund has already conceded 36 goals in 21 games this season. No team above the bottom third has conceded as many as the second in the table. Even Arminia Bielefeld, 15th, and FC Augsburg on the relegation rank are better off, at least in terms of the goals conceded. The fact that BVB was officially discussed as a “Bayern pursuer” in this round seems like mockery.
Due to the bankruptcy, the record and designated re-champion has again rushed to nine points. Because there is little pressure from behind – Bayer Leverkusen is still five points behind, SC Freiburg in the first non-Champions League rank even ten – ensures that they can actually work in Westphalia in a concentrated manner and free of table pressure, their finally get the error under control.
Alone: That’s exactly what they’re doing, it’s just useless. “Sometimes we don’t implement the guidelines,” criticized captain Marco Reus. “We’ve been preparing for the game for two weeks, we always say the same thing and then we have to get it out on the pitch. We didn’t manage that at all today.” It is honorable that the national player keeps coming up and trying to explain what is difficult to explain. “Unfortunately, it’s also a head problem that comes along,” Reus tried to explain.
BVB coach Rose seems at a loss
“We have to use a different body language, especially after going 3-1 at half-time.” It remains complicated. “We never felt like we were in the game. In the phases in which it was our turn, the plug was quickly pulled on us,” said Rose.
Marco Rose, who has been responsible since the beginning of the season for the sporting progress of the pursuer who has long since been downgraded to a stalker, seems more shocked than at a loss. He had previously shown in Mönchengladbach that Rose can teach his squad a game idea. At the other Borussia, he had turned an administrative unit into an exciting, highly effective raid during preparation, the clout of which brought the club into the knockout round of the Champions League for the first time before much about his loud farewell went down the drain .
BVB has “different issues than FC Bayern”
Rose is a meticulous coach with clear tactical ideas. Borussia Dortmund has already celebrated great victories with convincing performances this season. This was often due to the great individual class of wonder striker Erling Haaland. But he was missing against Bayer Leverkusen. And that not only – of course – causes a loss of quality on the offensive, but also a lot of stress for the entire black and yellow construction.
“The defeat is bitter. The lads invested a lot, but had to make sure they didn’t run into a counterattack again. We weren’t calm and clear with the ball in the first half. We hardly had any shots on goal, and that’s how it is a deserved win for Leverkusen.”
“Unfortunately, we are again confirming a few things that have been held against us in the last few weeks, months and years. It’s simply our fault. Done. It’s over. The end makes me angry because it was the chance for a title and we do that Just give the game away,” Rose grumbled. Reus said correctly: “We have to have other issues than talking about Bayern.”
Next Sunday (3.30 p.m. in the live ticker on ntv.de) Borussia Dortmund has to play at Union Berlin. Preparations are already underway, that’s for sure. “We will analyze things and drive development forward. Development also includes setbacks and we are working on that.”
The 5-1 win against SC Freiburg was followed by a cup defeat at second division club FC St. Pauli. “We didn’t start this cup night the way you start a cup night in the first ten minutes. With the knowledge of what to expect here. We cause ourselves problems with the deficit and play a bit headless in the first half “Rose was annoyed on “Sky” at the time.
“Unfortunately, we are again confirming a few things that have been held against us in the last few weeks, months and years. It’s simply our fault. Done. It’s over. The end makes me angry because it was the chance for a title and we do that Just give the game away.” It was followed by a 3:2 against TSG Hoffenheim. A step forward, at least the result. “We have to take the next steps together as a team. Consistency is the big word,” said Rose yesterday. Now they are back where they were three weeks ago.