After what feels like an eternity, Dortmund have actually won a game! The 2-0 victory in Mainz is the first Bundesliga win since early September.
The performance definitely wasn’t perfect,which nobody expected after just two training sessions with the new coach but it seemed at least a bit improved. The backline didn’t push as far up the pitch and the build up was a bit slower and more controlled. Especially Julian Weigl seemed pleased with his new role which saw him drop deeper, saying after the game that he was “happy now” and he doesn’t want to “look back”.
Julian Weigl (22) vs 1. FSV Mainz 05:— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) December 12, 2017
96% pass accuracy
71 passes attempted
68 passes completed
That's the most passes he's completed in a Bundesliga game all season. Bosz out, Weigl back. pic.twitter.com/p9aA59ggqt
Stöger thanked Peter Bosz after the game for his hard work and said that this is also a win for him. In addition he said he didn’t change all that much, simply because there was no time. Asked about his preferred system he just stated he has none and tries to put the players in the best position to play to their qualities.
Well it was a good start but we shouldn’t get too excited just because we won a game now...
- Auba staying longer?
As per usual, there are once again transfer rumors surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once a transfer window is close and this time it’s no different. However SportBild claim BVB want to get the drop on those rumors and will veto any potential transfer of the star striker. He will have to stay in Dortmund until at least next summer as he’s seen as a crucial part in the quest to qualify for the Champions League.
Moreover the German outlet claims the black and yellows aren’t looking to earn money but rather to spend some. The defense has been one of Dortmund’s biggest weaknesses this season and apparently Watzke and Zorc have two targets to solve those problems: Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax Amsterdam and Manuel Akanji from FC Basel. Both central defenders are some of the most sought-after young talents in Europe and it would certainly be a good move if Dortmmund could convince one of them to join in January.
Daily Buzz: Feelings about the first performance under Peter Stöger? Positives/negatives?