Borussia Dortmund won at last placed Stuttgart and at least for Friday night, they are sitting on 10th place. Three wins in a row, Borussia Dortmund are on a run, no doubt.
2-3, five goals. Sounds like an exciting evening, right?
No. This was a nerve wrenching snooze-fest, which may contradict itself, but still makes sense.
BVB should have easily won this game by 10 goals, but they couldn’t finish off the bazillion counter attacks in the second half, so the match dangled on for almost the entire second half on the slippery slope that is a one goal margin. VfB Stuttgart, who hadn’t scored in 6 home matches prior to this match even grabbed two, a bit baffling looking at the whole 90 minutes.
So what can we take away from this match, besides three points?
Borussia Dortmund cannot defend corners. Stuttgart’s corner statistic equals their goal statistic – not by coincidence. The first one resulted in a penalty and Nuri Sahin can count his lucky stars, that he didn’t get sent off and decimated his side. But when you’re down in the relegation scrum, things don’t go your way – thankfully, Stuttgart is even in a miserable slump and thus things weren’t going their way for a change.
But let’s look at the good things now, shall we?
Shinji Kagawa. Two assists by the play maker underline his ascent in form and the back heel to bring Ilkay Gündogan into play was quite the looker. He’s looking very lively and a lot of combinations run through him. Also, Aubameyang, Reus, Gündogan are not only the goalscorers, but getting better and better by each game. Ramos and Immobile – a combined 30 million euros – are on the bench/stands. Maybe we’ll see one of them in the next days due to rotation.
VfB Stuttgart are bad. That’s not news, but they are so bad, that BVB managed to win a game without playing pushing the throttle down 100%. Yes, they were once again very “efficient” in conceding goals, but nevertheless the second half looked very calm and controlled by the black and yellows. Games will come in thick and fast now, so saving a little energy might pay off – although it was still somewhat nerve wrecking for the fans.
Anyway, three points in the back and the momentum on the black and yellow side. A bit of breathing space and Dortmund fans can now kick back and relax, while watching the rest of the league taking points off each other.