Things were quite sweet at the beginning of Peter Bosz’s tenure at Dortmund. He went unbeaten in his first seven Bundesliga matches, but it has all gone sour now.
Dortmund have now lost three in a row, and four of their last five games overall. The pressure on Bosz will only increase as it was another performance marred by awful defending from the Black and Yellows.
The game started horrendously for Bosz’s side once again. Roman Bürki and the Dortmund defense had an early miscommunication that resulted in disaster. Marc Bartra tried to pass back to Bürki, but the Swiss keeper was already coming off his line. The ball bounced off Bürki and right to Chadrac Akolo, who was able to walk the ball into the open net.
It was one of the worst goals that Dortmund have conceded in recent memory. There was no reason for Bürki to rush out with Bartra possessing the ball.
There were a few more nervy moments at the back for the visitors in the first half, but they eventually took control of possession and the flow of the game.
Mario Götze had a few chances to shoot from the top of the box, but each attempt was saved well by Ron-Robert Zieler.
Götze played a big part in BVB’s eventual equalizer. He earned a penalty after his cross came off the elbow of Benjamin Pavard right before halftime.
André Schürrle stepped up to the spot looking for his first goal of the season, but Zieler had other ideas. The 28-year-old keeper stopped Schürrle, but Max Philipp stormed in and smashed the rebound into the net.
Sokratis was forced off with an injury at the break. Bosz opted to bring Dan-Axel Zagadou in at CB, and it didn’t really work. Just six minutes into the second half Dortmund were pegged back again.
Bartra got caught up the field, and Zagadou lost track of Josip Brekalo on his side of the pitch. The 19-year-old quickly moved into the box, faked a shot to put off D.A.Z, and hit the ball under Bürki and into the net. He was blocked by his defender and probably saw it late, but it was yet another shot that Bürki really should’ve stopped.
Both teams continued to look dangerous going forward, but no one could find another goal.
Andriy Yarmolenko thought he had one when he chipped over Zieler and into the net, but the referee rightfully blew for a handball against the Ukrainian.
BVB threw everything forward in the last few minutes of the game. They played quite a few crosses into the box, but Stuttgart ended up threatening more as clock ticked towards 90 minutes.
Stuttgart saw the result out to the final whistle, improving on their already stellar record at home.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but there’s a good chance that Bosz’s time at Dortmund has come to an end.