In our last friendly before our game against Werder, Dortmund beat Paderborn 6-1. The BVB goals are from Castro, Reus, Gotze ,Schurrle and Raph. The one Paderborn goal is from Thomas Bertels.
- Not a great result for a friendly even if it was a win. Bender was sent to the hospital due to a dirty tackle in the 11th min. Also Roman, Gotze and Schurrle played the full 90 minutes and Bartra played 80+. With Ramos leaving and Auba in Africa, Schurrle and Gotze are our best options for striker, so them playing too much is not good.
- The goal we gave up was a totally avoidable silly mistake. After a few bad clears Piz tried to head a ball back to Roman, who then missed the ball letting Bertels score a sitter. Silly avoidable goal ghat the team can’t allow in the season.
- Both of the penalties were drawn by Mikel Merino. While that’s not great for his health it does speak to his ability to get into dangerous spots. With the amount of injuries we got, Merino hopefully will be an important part of our MIDFIELD in the spring.
- Bartra didn’t have a shocker today. He wasn't great, but he didn't let someone blow by him for a goal.
- Gotze looked amazing today. He seemed in tune with the entire team making perfect passes again and again all game. Mario may be the most important player on the team this spring if Reus can’t stay healthy.
- Weigl and Schemlzer should also get honorable mentions for their performances today. Both played great and unleashed passes that created good chances for the black and yellows. Lets hope both of them are healthy all spring.
- The subs all looked fine in their limited play time. Raph scored another goal, thus making his case for being one of the best players on the team stronger. If he can stay healthy, we have more then a good shot at getting back into UCL qualifying.
A common point in our prospects for the rest of the season is everyone staying healthy. Even though we let some players play too long and lost Bender, our team once again showed why it’s one of the deepest teams in Europe.