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Player Ratings: BVB 2-3 RB Leipzig

The streak is gone

Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images


Peter Bosz: 1

This loss is completely on Peter Bosz. Yes, the players lat him down, some dubious refereeing-decisions on both sides marred this game and inexcusable individual mistakes led to the loss but it all started with Bosz’s starting lineup. Every single BVB could tell you that Weigl/Dahoud is clearly the midfield pivot that needs to start in high profile games and that is just not what happened. Bosz decided to go with the duo of Sahin and Castro and Dortmund lost three points because of it. Leipzig was able to pressure BVB all game long and Dortmund had no answer for, the midfield got overrun and dominated which led to countless mistakes and in turn to Leipzig chances. The sad part is that I’m personally still convinced that Dortmund easily win this game if Weigl and Dahoud start.

Starting XI

Roman Bürki: 2

The first goal is clearly his fault and on the second one he’s at least partially to blame. Many people are already questioning him, this game certainly didn’t help his case.

Dan-Axel Zagadou: 4

Zagadou just does not have the speed to play the full back position. He offers little on offense and is a liability on defense against speedy wingers.

Sokratis: 2

He was not in a good position on the second goal and needlessly caused a penalty and red card at the start of the second half that basically sealed the victory for RBL.

Ömer Toprak: 5

Believe it or not, Toprak won 100% of his duels yesterday. He was not at fault on any of the goals and was easily the best player on defense yesterday and quite honestly he has been the best player on defense this entire season for Dortmund.

Jeremy Toljan: 2

Toljan’s worst performance to date for Dortmund. Lost an aerial duel on Leipzig’s first goal and produced one of the worst sequences of defending against Bruma on the second goal that I have seen in a long time.

Nuri Sahin: 3

His job was to control the pace of the game and help BVB avoid Leipzig’s relentless pressing game, he did neither of those things. 9 errant passes and a pass completion rate of only 74% in one half explain why Dortmund couldn’t evade the press and were dominated in midfield.

Gonzalo Castro: 1

Why, just why?

Mario Götze: 5

Götze was the only midfielder that actually produced a few good plays in this game. However it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.

Andriy Yarmolenko: 5

An uneven performance from Yarmolenko who had a few good moments, especially when Pulisic joined him on the right flank but he also made crucial mistakes. Bad passes, wrong decisions or a flawed first touch prevented him from getting on the score-sheet.

Maximilian Philipp: 4

Philipp’s sole contribution to this game came in the first ten seconds when his shot was off-target. He remained invisible for the rest of the game.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang: 6

He scored a brace but it could’ve easily been 4 for Auba in this game. Nevertheless he was probably Dortmund’s best player yesterday.


Julian Weigl: 5

His first contibution to the game came when he lost the ball which led to Leipzig’s penalty and third goal. After that he did control the game for Dortmund and gave the build-up more structure but it was to late to turn the tides in this game.

Christian Pulisic: 5

Pulisic tried his best to manufacture anything on offense but lacked the precision to create any real scoring opportunities.

Marc Bartra: 6

The defense stabilized once he came on, an indication how important he is and that possibly Toprak-Bartra is the CB-pairing to go with in the future.

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