After the disappointing loss against FC Augsburg on Wednesday night, Borussia Dortmund came back with a resounding win against SC Freiburg. A comprehensive 3-0 win, that was as dominant as nothing extraordinary would have happened this season.
BVB leave the direct relegation spots for the first time since match day 17 and are now ranked 16th, they claimed only their second win away from home this season and the fourth clean sheet, so for once there is reason to celebrate.
Ramos or Immobile? Aubameyang! Against Christian Streich’s side pace is always a great advantage, as his team defends high up the pitch and has slow defenders – a match made in heaven for Borussia Dortmund, who now have won the last 10 games against der Sportclub in a row. Impressive, but also the reason why this win might not be the great turn around every Dortmund fan is hoping for.
Freiburg is paper, Dortmund is scissors, but the black and yellows will mostly have to play against stones. It’s rare that a team runs into the open scissors like Freiburg and offer so much space for Borussia Dortmund to exploit.
But nevertheless, Dortmund were resolute in their pressing and tackling for the whole 90 minutes and won the important battles in midfield. Freiburg created their first and pretty much only chance after 42 minutes, which was a shot from distance. After 270 minutes of football and one conceded goal, it’s looking good for Dortmund’s defensive efforts. Consistent stability will be the key to avoid relegation and the foundation for any success, so nice going, BVB!
Even better going was the offense against Freiburg with the disclaimer that it’ll rarely be easier for Dortmund to score than against the Breisgauer. The guests could have been up by more than just one by the end of half time. Freiburg helped a lot in the form of Mike Franz, who didn’t look up to see three charging Dortmund attackers and passed it in the feet of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who rounded the keeper – only for Marco Reus to tap in the ball.
1-0 in the 09th minute, perfect start for BVB, who could play with a nice and early lead in their back and the danger of showing nerves was greatly reduced. The 2-0 was a typical Dortmund goal. A won scrap at the halfway line and Ilkay Gündogan with a brilliant pass to send Aubameyang in front of the much slower Marc Torrejon. A calm finish it was.
One could feel how the confidence was growing with the Dortmund team and their actions looked more and more natural by the minute. The third goal of the game was the best evidence for that, as it came off a beautiful combination. It was quick, crisp one touch football. Kagawa, Kuba, Reus, Kuba, Reus, Kagawa, Aubameyang – swish! 3-0. You better watch the highlights if you haven’t done it yet.
All in all a great performance and a deserved victory. May it build the necessary confidence to for a successful Rückrunde now. Surely, one mustn’t make the mistake to assume everything is perfect now, the next games will tell – but it has been a long awaited positive in a long time.