It has been not a good day for Borussia Dortmund, to say the least. A painful 3-1 loss in Mönchengladbach showed the contrast between a Bundesliga top side and BVB.
The black and yellows entered the match without Reus, Durm, Bender and Kampl. Mats Hummels was fit in time, but it’s hard to say whether that is a good thing. Jürgen Klopp had less options, but he once again made the questionable decision to field Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against an opponent, that wouldn’t offer too many spaces for the Gabonese striker to run in. Adrian Ramos or Ciro Immobile would have been easily better picks, as they have simply more strength against Gladbach’s tight defense. Having in mind BVB used a lot of crosses from the wings, strikers who can actually head the ball might have made a difference. But after so many years with hardly no options, Klopp might not be used to have variety upfront…
The game took its course after 29 seconds. Roman Weidenfeller was already beaten, as Gladbach scored with their first attack. Raffael had all the time to put Pattrick Herrman into play, Hummels slipped and the ball was in the net. Although Weidenfeller could save Max Kruse’s shot, but not Wendt’s rebound.
Of course, Gladbach would do, what Gladbach does. Two banks of four to hold BVB at arms length. Dortmund had possession and control, but once again couldn’t produce any danger whatsoever. It’s extremely frustrating to watch this side be so out of their depth going forward. Favre’s team was calm and patient, because they knew Dortmund would make another mistake eventually. Mats Hummels was the culprit this time – like last week – as his risky play was once again Dortmund’s downfall. He rushed forward to win a tackle deep in Gladbach’s own half and left the space he was supposed to defend open. A quick transmission and a brilliant Pattrick Herrman whizzed past sliding tackles and left Subotic in his dust, to lay it of to Raffael, who had a simply tap-in. It was a very sad goal for Dortmund, since it was so, so unnecessary, but Mats Hummels never learns.
BVB could have pulled a goal back early on in the second half, but Shinji Kagawa missed two absolute sitters in short succession, as he failed to connect with the ball in front of an open net. Embarrassing, to say the least and it puts this transfer more and more in question.
Gladbach used a corner kick after 66 minutes to make it 3-0 and the win was sealed. Although Dortmund grabbed a consolation goal, the match petered out. Jeremy Dudziak picking up his first assist for BVB was the highlight of the afternoon.
It was shocking to see how Gladbach outclassed Dortmund by miles. They were cleverer and simply the better team. It will be a long and hard way for BVB to reach that level again, as a top three side was too much for them to take.
At least Frankfurt, Augsburg lost and Schalke drew, which means the Euro League stays in contention – points-wise. But the way BVB are playing it’s hard to see how they will actually gather the necessary points. The loss felt like a punch in the gut, as it shows the contrary developments of Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Next up is SC Paderborn, a game BVB simply must win. They now have a whole week to lick their wounds. Marco Reus should hopefully be back by then and Klopp has more options.