This match day is entirely Matthias Suuck’s fault by providing the massive jinx in the 100th episode of the yellow wall pod. A bleak 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, while FC Schalke score a winner in the dying minutes with the help of a huge deflection. Bah.
Of course, football fans rather look at the chances their own team wasted, while taking the wasted chances of the opposing side for granted. Which is why Hoffenheim fans will most likely feel equally aggrieved about the result as Dortmund fans – such was the spectacle of failure in front of either goal on the afternoon. Anthony Modest could have easily scored a hattrick, as Dortmund came baring gifts once again. Langerak had to save BVB’s bacon for the first time after three minutes.
Modest got a foot in, when Hummels and Langerak had a misunderstanding, he also received a back pass – courtesy of Erik Durm, which he put just wide. The striker also could have taken advantage of a Langerak fumble, which took a great save from the Aussie to recover…
Was Dortmund simply tired from their midweek trip to Munich, or is it the level they currently play on in the Bundesliga? SC Paderborn and Eintracht Frankfurt were easy pickings, but against Hoffenheim they once again looked shaky at the back. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, since TSG were utterly dominant in the first half an hour. Inevitably Kevin Volland scored in the 32. minute. Again he showed a lot of composure scoring against Dortmund – it let’s one wonder how Volland would do with a better team around him.
Luckily for BVB, they got a quick equalizer, otherwise might have been out of reach for them. Hoffenheim hadn’t had the time to cozy up in their own half and wait for space to counterattack, which they would have surely gotten on the day. Luckily for BVB, the equalizer counted. Hummels pushed and shoved against his defender before heading the leather into the net, but the infringement was with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese blocked the Oliver Baumann’s vision from an offside position.
Sadly for BVB, they already used all of the very limited offensive-luck up with that goal. Yes, that’s a thing. Latest after seeing Shinji Kagawa not get a shot on target, although he was in excellent position and without a defender to physically put him off his game… maybe taking shots just isn’t natural for a Dortmund attacker. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to dribble instead of pulling the trigger after being one on one with Oliver Baumann, somehow managed to lay it off to Mkhitaryan, although he already lost his balance. The Armenian had the chance to take a shot the first time – but instead tried to dribble around two Hoffenheim defenders. Of course the attack petered out in the hands of Baumann.
It’s growingly frustrating to see Dortmund gambling on another touch to improve their shooting position, which most of the times has an opposite effect. “If you don’t shoot, you can’t score” Jürgen Klopp likes to say every now and then, but apparently his players haven’t understood the meaning of it.
Then again, you could see the reason behind the whole endeavor to carry the ball into the net. Applying the successful finishing touch with only the keeper to beat is almost impossible. Maybe I’m a bit harsh on our attack today. After all they all desperately fought to win the match in the end, but the way Kagawa and Immobile failed to score against Hoffenheim looked so helpless.
It just wasn’t enough. A win would have been a big point, but Dortmund will have to live with the point. They are back in ninth place, but still only three points away from sixth place. It doesn’t matter if they win the cup, but it’s better to enter the cup final with a safety net called at-least-seventh-placed finish in the Bundesliga. Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen are must-winners now for BVB.