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Roman Bürki: “Yesterday was not My Best”

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Borussia Dortmund v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

In the wake of his disappointing performance against Tottenham Hotspur, Roman Bürki took to Instagram to give an apology of sorts.

The Swiss keeper definitely had a poor match last night. Not only did he surrender two almost identical goals near post, but he made several curious decisions coming off his line, including an instance where Heung-Min Son got around him, and he was only saved by the offside flag. You could tell there was a massive difference between the play of Hugo Lloris, one of the best keepers in the world, and Bürki.

It was not just an apology, though. In an attempt to defend himself from critics, Bürki lashed out at armchair general managers, “people who think they are goalie experts”. He quotes Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who explains that stopping the ball near-post is not as easy as it is often made out to be.

While I’ve never played as a keeper, I can partially understand where he’s coming from. Harry Kane has a cannon of a shot, and he roofed the ball from near point-blank range. Son’s shot was a bit softer, and Bürki probably should have done better. Kane’s second goal is a bit more excusable, because it deflected off of Piszczek on the way in.

Regardless, it was a subpar performance from Bürki, and he needs to improve moving forward, especially if BVB are to right the ship and advance to the knockout stage.

Do you agree with the Bürki? Leave your thoughts in the comments.