Today the yellow wall was a grey wall. The DFB imposed a ban of the Südtribüne for today's game against Wolfsburg which meant that Dortmund had to do without the support of 25.000 fans. In the end it did not matter because Dortmund played one of their best games of the season and kept the streak of 31 unbeaten home games alive.
From the get-go Dortmund dominated the game, creating good scoring opportunities but stayed true to their style and wasted every single one of them. A solid defense and a creative midfield were the keys to today's three points, that's a combination we were missing all season.
Bartra and Ginter have struggled all season but they were on point today. They kept Wolfsburg's strikers at bay and were good at distributing the ball, both of them had pass accuracy percentages in the high 80s.
Another reason for the dominance was the midfield duo of Julian Weigl and Gonzalo Castro. Weigl dictated the pace of the game like he always does and Castro played arguably his best game of the season. He initiated most of our offense with some great passes and good ideas, finally being the Gündogan-replacement we need.
The first goal came after a set-piece(!) when Lukasz Piszczek saved a ball that already looked lost and just passed it back into the box where Jeffrey Bruma had a momentary confusion about which team he's playing for and scored an own goal to give Dortmund the lead.
The black and yellows kept dominating for the rest of the first half but could not extend their lead. Even though the team played well, finishing chances is still an issue that Dortmund has to work on and it nearly cost them today. Just moments before halftime an otherwise harmless Wolfsburg team was close to equalizing, Yunus Malli missed just wide after a Vierinha cross.
The second half started off with a bang, when Dortmund was finally able to extend the lead after another set-piece. A cross from Castro was seemingly cleared only for Dembélé to cross it back into the box where Wolfsburg was unable to clear it a second time. Piszczek was at the right place at the right time and scored with a header, his fifth goal for the season.
From there on out Wolfsburg gave up and BVB continued to circulate the ball within their ranks and looked like the team we always knew they could be.
Shortly after that Ousmane Dembélé added to Wolfsburg's misery with a header after an inch-perfect cross form the man of the match, Lukasz Piszczek.
56.906 people saw a very good game from Dortmund that got them 3 well deserved points and moved them into 3rd place in the table. The team seems to have put last week's loss against Darmstadt behind them and responded with a decisive victory in the Bundesliga. Especially Marc Bartra seems to have found his grove and our defense is much better because of it.
Hopefully the team can continue like this and keep it up next week against Freiburg.