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Borussia Dortmund seems like a mediocre team under pressure



Borussia Dortmund seems like a mediocre team under pressure

Borussia Dortmund lost a lead in the 1-1 draw against FC Augsburg and is now eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Findings on BVB’s game.

BVB cannot calm down the game under pressure

Throughout a season riddled with disappointments, Borussia Dortmund has always responded to those disappointments with victories. After losing 4-0 in Amsterdam, BVB won in Bielefeld, the loss of the Champions League at Sporting was followed by a threesome in Wolfsburg, in Hoffenheim they won against St. Pauli after the knockout in the cup and most recently they swept to Glasgow -Debacle in the Europa League Gladbach away.

Now that after the second leg at Rangers the end in the EL is certain, Borussia missed it for the first time at FC Augsburg to respond to the failure with a success. That would have been easy to avoid. However, it showed once again how unstable BVB’s structure is when it comes under pressure.

It was not the first time this season that Dortmund failed to effectively counter an up-and-coming opponent and regain the momentum on their own side. The Westphalians had FCA largely under control in the first half, came out of the break well and were about to score the second goal after two goals from the woodwork.

Waning forces only part of the explanation

However, that didn’t happen, Augsburg also got an impetus due to fresh players and put Borussia under increasing pressure. However, the Fuggerstadt team were far from having a real urge, they just went about their work more decisively and more offensively. If a game develops in this way, BVB rarely succeeds in taking the hustle and bustle out of the game and radiating sovereignty. Dortmund is then unable to slow down the game and finally calm down over longer periods of possession.

Yes, the Black and Yellows are vehemently on the gums in terms of personnel and had an intense game in Scotland in their legs. However, they have a much greater individual and collective quality than the Augsburgers, who are at risk of relegation. Therefore, BVB has to put up with the question of why in such phases of the game their own passing game suddenly becomes significantly more faulty, why technical inadequacies creep in or why they act mentally too slowly.

Declining forces were certainly part of the explanation on Sunday. Coach Marco Rose had praised the energy with which his team played the games recently and how much they invested. However, the team often lacks this in those moments when the opponent is getting stronger.

“We were no longer active enough with the ball”

Exactly then Borussia radiates too little, then this energy is missing and there is also a lack of pure will to face the resistance. Dortmund then quickly looks like a mediocre team.

“In the end we were no longer active enough with the ball. We didn’t fix the balls up front either. We have to learn that we can do it for 90 minutes. We also have to be more ripped off,” said Emre Can – this time one the one who could keep up the energy even under the Augsburg pressure.

BVB schedule in the coming weeks

date competition opponent
Sunday, March 6th, 3:30 p.m Bundesliga FSV Mainz 05 (Away)
Sunday, March 13, 5:30 p.m Bundesliga Arminia Bielefeld (home)
Sunday, March 20th, 7.30 p.m Bundesliga 1. FC Cologne, (Away)
Saturday, April 2nd, still open Bundesliga RB Leipzig (home)