4 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses, insufferable numbers that are result of a horrendous half-series. Nobody would have thought that this was possible for BVB, yet it happened. Losing 2-1 to Werder Bremen was almost routine, as Dortmund fans had to endure what they’ve endured in most away games this season so far.
Even the last team in the league looked, with the worst defense looked like an ensured and capable football side against the black and yellows.
The 2-1 loss against Bremen was painful to watch, as the hope that any improvement would come after another decent performance at the Westfalenstadion was quashed immediately, as Davie Selke curled a shot past Mitch Langerak after two minutes.
Again, the perfect setting for the opponent to get bodies behind the ball and wait for the counter, which is guaranteed as Borussia Dortmund always play a very risky game, desperately trying to score. Yet, hardly any fruit yielded from their attempts, while they were hopelessly open at the back. One lost tackle in midfield was often enough to create a scoring chance for the opposition. Werder Bremen could have scored four or more goals that way.
Did you try turning it off and on again?
Thank god there is a five week long winter break. If Jürgen Klopp is to be believed, it can function like a reset button for Borussia Dortmund.
“We will have an actual preparation with the almost the whole squad. We have time to work on the training ground and gain vital stability and will be more unpleasant again. This season isn’t over and we will be relentless hunters next years.”
Whether just the poor physical state and injuries were at fault for what has happened remains to be seen next year. The Dortmund coach showed huge relieve that 2014 is over and the batteries can be recharged now. He looked very assured, that a good preparation in January will lay the foundation for a different second half of the season.