Rock bottom. It is starting to get scary now. For the first time in a very, very, very long time Borussia Dortmund fans turn against their team, while the Champions League places seem far out of reach by now. The thought what might happen if Borussia Dortmund actually fails to qualify is a freightening one. Which players will be willing to stay? Definitely not Ilkay Gündogan or Marco Reus. Will everything fall apart then? Dark and depressing thoughts arise after yet another painful loss.
Hans Joachim Watzke’s plan of establishing Borussia Dortmund as ‘second lighthouse in Germany next to FC Bayern’ can take a huge setback, if this team fails to qualify for Europe next season. Especially unfortunate, when the Fox deal becomes active and Dortmund just failed to establish themselves as second force.
Yes, the Dortmund boss said at the general meeting, that BVB is debt free and liquid enough to sustain a season without Champions League football, but it’s not ideal, is it?
And as Michael Zorc rightly said, the times of squinting upwards and counting the points missing on a Champions League place are over. Borussia Dortmund have arrived in the relegation battle – although with honesty, relegation is still unlikely, but the season is most likely wrecked now.
At least the whole weekend is. Matchday 13 was one of the worst to behold as a Borussia Dortmund fan. FSV Mainz failed to pounce on a Schalke side low on confidence, Werder Bremen wiped the floor with SC Paderborn, making the 2-2 draw look even more ridiculous, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg won, so the top three now looks like post-apocalyptic world for football romantics with Bayern, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen. Only brave FC Augsburg are shaking things up a little. Right on, FCA!
So, to stay in line BVB just had to lose to make the bad even worse.
Jürgen Klopp might have a point, that the ‘game development’ was a little unlucky. Dortmund started with a few bright plays before Marco Russ’s clearance/world class pass landed on a silver plate for Alex Meier. BING! 1-0 down after 5 minutes – here we go again.
The goal was unlucky in so far, that defenders usually don’t find their strikers with a pass taken one-time. Yet, Neven Subotic could have reacted quicker to stop the attack.
What followed was a first half with a pass-accuracy of roughly 67%. Shocking, horrendous, disastrous. Eintracht Frankfurt pressed quite well, but DEAR LORD, this is subpar.
And still, BVB managed to create chances. Henrikh Mkhitaryan Mishitaryan’ed his away, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit his volley in similar fashion straight at Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Felix Wiedwald and Kevin Großkreutz only hit the post from a somewhat awkward angle.
But with only two players in the starting line up, that actually scored after 13 matchdays, what can you expect?
The second half was MUCH better. Well, no, but 77% passing accuracy is a big improvement. Eintracht Frankfurt only had 63% PA in the second half, telling how dominant Borussia Dortmund was in stages. But apart from one and a half chance, nothing came off the power play, that held on until the 65’ minute or so.
Adrian Ramos nearly equalized but again Wiedwald could stop the shot. By the way, Ramos looked great on the pitch. He could actually control a few passes that were booted towards him, keeping BVB in possession and control of things. A measure that worked very well with Robert Lewandowski and should also work with Ramos.
So vote for Ramos in attack! He also looked lively, so please play him up top next time, Mr. Klopp. Pretty please.
The fact that Borussia Dortmund failed to score against a side, that only kept one clean sheet until Sunday was only beaten by the 2-0 in terms of “typical!”. Roman Weidenfeller, what were you thinking? No, honestly, there was still a defender left, why did you run out? Anyway, it’s time for Mitchell Langerak, because Weidenfeller needs a break. He is only making his defense more uncomfortable at the moment and exuding great nervousness.
We’d provide a blooper highlight reel, but we couldn’t find a Saxophonist, who is able to play the ‘Benny Hill Theme’ for that long.
Understandably, the fans now turn on their team. In still a classy way – waiting for the final whistle to air their frustrations. And it’s not like there is a big uproar and everyone going mental, but people are upset and they have every right to be. After all, there was a team on the pitch, very well capable of beating this Eintracht Frankfurt team and many other Bundesliga teams earlier this season. Yes, the players gave everything they had, but it’s hard not to get angry with the kind of stupidity – apologies – concentration lapses that cost valuable points. There is a limit for everyone and Dortmund fans have acted exemplary so far this season. The mood would have changed quite more drastically and a lot sooner at any other club in the league.
So hopefully this was the also the last time Dortmund fans had to show their discontent in such a fashion, because it is just a sad sight.
Hoffenheim is up next on Friday. Let’s hope Hummels is fit to play by then or it might get ugly.