Bundesliga match day 28 has been rather kind to Borussia Dortmund, despite their loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach it’s glass half full.
The table hardly looks different for BVB, as rival teams for the European spots slipped up as well. Only FC Schalke in 5th spot managed to claim a point in the scoreless tie against SC Freiburg. The blues were lucky not to lose, since Julian Schuster missed a penalty, sending the ball over the bar.
6th placed FC Augsburg surprisingly lost to SC Paderborn, Dortmund’s next opposition. The Bavarians are still six points above Dortmund, but their current form suggests that those weren’t the last points they dropped this season. The spot BVB want to at least be in by the end of the season remains four points clear of them. TSG Hoffenheim conceded THREE goals against 1. FC Köln, who played surprisingly offensive. With the 3-2 win Köln are now level on points with Dortmund, but more importantly Hoffenheim didn’t gain any ground on Dortmund.
The sides between Dortmund and Hoffenheim also failed to pick up points. Eintracht Fankfurt obviously were going to lose in Munich. Painful news has arrived that the Eagles will be without their top scorer Alexander Meier for the rest of the season. At least it increases Dortmund’s chances to beat Frankfurt in two weeks, but it’s still sad news for the Bundesliga.
Not only the fight for the Euro League places stays interesting, as the fight for survival as taken another twist in the nether regions of the Bundesliga. SC Paderborn’s win against Augsburg may have been the surprise of the match day, but Stuttgart beating Werder Bremen might come in as a close second. Both Stuttgart,
There is movement down below, making the whole Bundesliga midfield even tighter. BVB are only six place above the relegation zone now, which is still an uncomfortable margin. Only Hamburg SV were their reliable old selves, as they lost 2-0 to VfL Wolfsburg. The Northerners are now bottom of the league and the big clock in the stands probably counts the seconds since their last goal.
Köln and Paderborn did BVB a great favour, but in the end it’s sad that Borussia Dortmund have to rely on these sides rather to keep their European hopes alive. Next up are SC Paderbon and Eintracht Frankfurt, both at home, which are simply must win games. If Klopp’s men do their duty, they will have a huge game against TSG Hoffenheim. who play Bayern next and can be overtaken with a third win on the run. Looking at this Dortmund team it’s still a lot to ask, but they are able to pull it off. Fingers crossed.