BVB can if they want – and train better, as Mats Hummels suggested after the 2-1 draw at Manchester City. Five theses on the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
What’s the name of Forrest Gump in the movie? “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.” Hardly a sentence would apply better to the Borussia Dortmund team. The game in Manchester showed once again how unpredictable the Bundesliga fifth is.
Whether it’s building your own game and developing chances or aggressively tackling your opponent: Everything that didn’t work at all against Eintracht Frankfurt last Saturday worked out splendidly against the English front-runner – for some experts the best team in Europe at the moment .
Pep Guardiola’s squad, usually known as the ball and pressing machine, had “only” about 60 percent possession and showed a far less brave approach than in the round of 16 against Borussia Mönchengladbach and mostly in the Premier League.
The defenders as well as the midfielders around the strong Mahmoud Dahoud and Jude Bellingham solved many situations under pressure from the opponents too effortlessly. “This showed the quality of Dortmund,” Guardiola praised the guests from the Ruhr area. “It’s not easy to control them when they have the ball.” Mats Hummels, meanwhile, spoke of a performance that one would expect from Borussia Dortmund. A performance “with a lot of passion and commitment”.
BVB can if they want
But why are there such dropouts again and again as against Frankfurt? “If only we knew that,” puzzled Marco Reus, the shooter of the much acclaimed equalizer in the 84th minute, in the post-match interview DAZN. “We’ve been talking about continuity for a year now. We just need that too.” His colleague Hummels left it in the conversation Sky not only with demands, but also presented an interesting explanation: “You work that out every day in training. If you show it in every training, you show it in every game.”
A reproach to the team for often not showing the necessary seriousness? After this evening, one thing is clear: if the Dortmunders really want, then they can too. A confirmation of the performance in Manchester next Wednesday and advancement is possible.