Borussia Dortmund has received the next setback after the Supercup bankruptcy against FC Bayern. On the 2nd Bundesliga matchday, Marco Rose’s team lost 2-1 at SC Freiburg – despite more possession and chances.
“We control the whole game, we have enough chances. It can’t be that we invite our opponents to score goals. That can’t happen, we can’t lose our games,” said defender Manuel Akanji after the final whistle Sky.
“We make two stupid mistakes. We can prevent the free kick before the 1-0 goal, the second goal was a counterattack. That just can’t be! Especially not if we have the claim to the Champions League.”
SC Freiburg – BVB: The voices of the coach
Christian Streich (coach SC Freiburg): “We never stopped defending and we managed it with luck and skill. We defended passionately as a team, we worked for our luck.”
Marco Rose (coach Borussia Dortmund): “We are very disappointed. After the good start, we wanted to improve. For us, it’s about continuing to work hard, performing even better and getting results.”
SC Freiburg – BVB: The analysis
BVB coach Rose only switched his team to one position compared to the 1: 3 in the Supercup: Malen was allowed to play for the first time from the start, but Moukoko took a seat on the bench.
However, the newcomer from Eindhoven hardly knew how to set the tone – just like the rest of the BVB offensive in round one. On the one hand, this was due to the fact that the Freiburg players in 4-4-2 were defensively stable even without the defensive support Gulde (hip problems) and kept the spaces consistently tight in the first and second thirds.
On the other hand, the guests lacked pace, ideas and consistency in the end for long stretches. Bellingham had the best opportunities for BVB in the first half with one of the few beautiful individual actions (11th) and a Kofpball after a corner (32nd), otherwise the 10,100 spectators in the Dreisamstadion got to see a lot of the table third from last season .
The only real highlight in the first section: Grifo’s dream goal in the 6th minute to make it 1-0 for the sports club, a brilliant and for Kobel untenable free kick from a good 25 meters.
The second half, however, offered much more entertainment. Only the home side, who were always dangerous with switching actions, increased to 2-0 (53rd) after a strong combination over Jeong and Höler by Sallai, then BVB forced the next goal with an own goal by Keitel (59th).
An exciting final phase developed in which the Freiburg team finally withdrew into their own half and the ball possession statistics grew to almost 80 percent for BVB. However, Rose’s team could no longer capitalize on this. Also because the few clear chances – for example through the disappointing Haaland, who appeared alone in front of Flekken (68th) – were miserably missed.
With his 237th appearance in the Bundesliga for SC Freiburg, Günter advanced to become the Breisgau record player in the German upper house of football.
The star of the game: Nicolas Höfler (SC Freiburg)
Even before dream scorer Grifo and the bustling Jeong, he was the best player in the sports club. Cleared a lot in the defensive midfield, also played most of all Freiburg with 26 tackles.
The flop of the game: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
Invisible appearance of the BVB captain. Remained as a ten without even a goal shot participation. An even weaker performance than that of Malen or Haaland.
The referee: Robert Schröder
Confident appearance from Schröder. I was largely correct in all of the decisions. Also rated the rather unintentional wiping by Malen against Lienhart as violent, but with yellow (19th) – a justifiable judgment.