On Matchday 20, Borussia Dortmund clinched their fifth consecutive victory in the Bundesliga. The Black and Yellows won 2-0 (0-0) at SV Werder Bremen. The grades and individual reviews of all BVB players.
The goals for BVB were scored by Joker Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who scored just a minute after being substituted on (67′), and Julian Brandt (85′). It was Dortmund’s 300th away win in the Bundesliga.
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Winner: Jamie Bynoe Gittens
When he comes into play, something usually happens. Bynoe-Gittens gives BVB speed and depth, and the Englishman is dangerous in front of goal. He wasn’t in the starting eleven in 2023 – but his important goal greatly increased his chances. Grade: 2.
Winner: Edin Terzic
Bynoe-Gittens was brought into play by Dortmund’s coach, who must be congratulated on his lucky hand. Especially since Terzic proved this not for the first time: BVB have already scored ten goals through substitutes – that’s the best in the league.
Loser: Donyell Malen
In the first two games of the year, the Dutchman was still in BVB’s starting line-up, but in the last four three games Malen only played 19 minutes and was last 90 minutes out twice in a row. Reyna, Bynoe-Gittens, Karim Adeyemi, who was suspended in Bremen – they are all in better shape than Malen at the moment and are clearly ahead of him.
Werder Bremen – BVB: Lineup
Werder Bremen vs. BVB: 0:2
0-1 Bynoe-Gittens (67′), 0-2 Brandt (85′)
Pavlenka – Pieper, Veljkovic, Stark – Weiser (80. Schmid), C. Groß (71. Philipp), A. Jung, Bittencourt (46. Schmidt), Stage (71. Gruev) – filling jug, Ducksch
Gregory Kobel: Was not often required, but then always on the spot. Good reaction to Weiser’s volley, which he didn’t see until late (22′). Note 3.
Julian Ryerson: Like his previous appearances in the Dortmund jersey with lights and shadows, but mostly showed a solid performance. Drives a counterattack forward in the 12th and completes it with his left hand – to the right. Great cross to Bellingham’s big chance (50th). Had a few unnecessary turnovers too many. Grade: 3.5.
Niklas Sule: Good anticipation and with the usual calmness in the game against the ball. Wonderful save when he pushed aside Weiser’s cross in front of Füllkrug (59′). Great ball to Brandt before his good opportunity (77th). Grade: 2.5.
Nico Schlotterbeck: Solid performance without too many anomalies, was always up to par and stood out well on a few occasions. Should have seen a yellow card for his entry against Weiser when they both bumped their heads (52′). Had a big part in the 1-0 with his trip to the offensive and the template. Note 3.
Raphael Guerreiro: Deviated defensively between attentive and too passive, but was often also challenged offensively and scored Dortmund’s first shot on goal (9th). Otherwise long with a rather inconspicuous idea. But with the strong run and the submission to Brandt’s goal. Note 3.
Emre Can: Like the last time, he kept falling between or sometimes next to the central defenders and confirmed his increasing form curve. Mostly attentive against the ball, but let Füllkrug out of his sight when he headed the ball (37th). A minute later he flicked a shot just to the right of the goal. With eleven, most ball wins at BVB. Note 3.
Jude Bellingham: Had the most duels at BVB (20) and won a strong 70 percent of them. Not so present in the first half, but that got better afterwards. Strong long ball to Reus’ early big chance in the second half, shortly afterwards he failed at Pavlenka himself from a short distance – you can do that (50th). Shortly before the end he found his winner in the Bremen goalkeeper (90+5). Still needs to learn to throw in the easy pass and the obvious fix more often. Grade: 2.5.
Giovanni Reyna: He kept swapping positions on the wings with Brandt, but he lacked penetrating power. Often got stuck or made the wrong decision. Symbolically, his only shot on goal, which flew meters wide over the box (34th). Grade: 4.5.
Marco Reus: He also regularly picked up the balls deep in the build-up game, but the BVB captain didn’t come up with any really brilliant ideas. At the break, he made all 15 of his passes, but only had the second fewest ball actions (19) after Moukoko. But just a few seconds after the break he had the big chance that he should have used to take the lead (46′). Grade: 4.5.
Julian Brandt: Brandt (41) has played more than twice as many balls as Reus to date. After Bellingham, he played the most passes in the opposing half (29) and also recorded a number of good ball wins. Laid up Guerreiro’s early opportunity well. At first, he repeatedly cleared up space in front of Werder’s defensive line, which BVB didn’t know how to use. In the meantime dived when he almost only came over the right. He had to take advantage of his big chance (77′), but made the decision eight minutes later and now has ten goals involved (six goals, four assists) this season – a top value for BVB. Grade: 2.
Youssoufa Moukoko: Only sat on the bench three times at the beginning, but his working day was over after just under half an hour after a foul by Leonardo Bittencourt. Had ten ball actions and a few stumbled balls to date. At the first contact with the ball, Moukoko still has a lot of room for improvement. Grade: 3.5.
Sebastien Haller: Replaced Moukoko in the 29th minute, but the striker was not on the ball often afterwards. Usual decent in the possession of the ball on the ground and in the air, but not involved in decisive actions and with only one shot on goal. grade: 4
Jamie Bynoe Gittens: Substituted for Reyna after 66 minutes – and scored the lead in the 67th with a dry left-footed shot. Always remained dangerous and did exactly what you want from a Joker. Grade: 2.
Salih Ozcan: Reus went out for him (66th). Was undamaged and worked properly against the ball. Grade: 3.5.
Thomas Meunier: Made his first appearance of the year after recovering from injury when he came on for Ryerson in the 89th minute. No rating.
Mahmoud Dahoud: Short assignment for him too, Brandt left the field (89th). No rating.