Big point for Borussia Dortmund in the fight for the Champions League qualification – and that outnumbered! BVB won 2-0 (1-0) at VfL Wolfsburg on matchday 31 of the Bundesliga and are now only two points behind third-placed Wolves.
“We defended well as a team with ten men and scored two goals on the offensive. That was a good team performance by everyone,” said the strong Manuel Akanji Sky.
The Dortmund resident sees the chances of winning the Champions League much more positively: “I think three weeks ago we were eleven points behind Wolfsburg, now there are only two. We put pressure on and don’t give up. We want to win every game and then believe I think that’s enough. “
BVB captain Marco Reus is also confident that BVB will move into the premier class at the end of the season: “It was a special constellation because we were doomed to win. We are now in a good phase. We said we needed a series and have to win all seven games. Now we’ve won four, there are still three. We have an advantage psychologically. We have to take advantage of the situation that we’re in a good flow and keep working hard. Then I’m pretty sure that we will make it. “
On the other side there was frustration. “Of course we are all very disappointed, we have to blame ourselves for the defeat to a certain extent. In the spheres in which we play, the air is getting thin – the details decide. We are left empty-handed, but it’s not like that, that the world is going to end. Little things are missing, “said Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner.
VfL Wolfsburg versus BVB: The analysis
VfL is particularly strong with its high pressing with the full-backs moved far forward. As a result, the home side managed to chase the ball away from Dortmund in dangerous zones at an early stage and then quickly get into final situations, which mostly arose from outside crossings. Wolfsburg scored nine shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, while Haaland’s goal was the only shot on BVB’s goal.
That was when he was able to pass the first pressing line of VfL and marched towards the goal with a lot of dynamism, only in the beginning dangerous. Dortmund around the Wölfe penalty area in the passing game is usually far too artificial and error-prone, instead of finishing off without frills.
Weghorst on the other side was completely different in the first minute of the second half, after the striker had only had ten ball actions – but his attempt to turn freely in front of Hitz went over it. Shortly afterwards, more goal scenes, but neither Haaland (50th) nor Akanji’s header (53rd), which Arnold cleared on the line, found their way into the box.
With Bellingham’s justifiable dismissal, the previously rather hectic statics of the game changed. Dortmund defended deeply in a 4-4-1 and sought a quick counterattack, Wolfsburg ran up. But before the Lower Saxony could be dangerous, Haaland struck for the second time after a strong sprint.
Wolfsburg did not manage to come up with top-class opportunities against Dortmund, who defended with passion. The timing and decision-making around BVB’s sixteen were too weak for that. Dortmund also refrained from small-scale play in the build-up of the game, so that there were not as many early ball wins for VfL as in the first half.
Yellow Red: Bellingham (58th / Dortmund)
VfL Wolfsburg versus BVB: The data of the game
Is currently far from the good form he has had the most this season. His bad back pass gave Dortmund the lead. Lost the ball 17 times and had a maximum average pass rate of less than 80 percent.