- BVB demand critical analysis from Berlin police
Borussia Dortmund have released a statement regarding the incident during the game against Union Berlin and have demanded a critical analysis from the Berlin police. According to BVB’s own assessment of the situation the police reacted in an exaggerated fashion to the incident in the BVB-stand and worsened the situation:
Our analysis of the recent incidents in Berlin have revealed the following: after approximately 100 Union supporters attempted in vain to force their way into the section for away fans, the actions taken by the police force, including the deployment of tear gas, did not serve to deescalate the situation, but rather triggered scenes of panic. BVB considers the deployment of tear gas to have been disproportionate, especially in light of the fact that the make-up of the crowd meant that the tear gas indiscriminately targeted both the vast majority of innocent bystanders as well as the small number of fans engaged in disorderly conduct. [...] In the interests of the many innocent fans that were injured, we are calling on the police to carry out a critical review of their strategy. The events of 31 August were unacceptable, and we sincerely hope that they do not repeat themselves in future.
- International games
Germany won their crucial game against Northern Ireland with 2:0. Both Marco Reus and Julian Brandt started for Die Mannschaft which had to work harder than expected for the three points. Reus sadly continued his poor form, BVB’s captain did not play well, hopefully he can pick it back up in the coming weeks. Brandt played better and gave the assist on Germany’s first goal.
Today several BVB-players could start for their team, Jadon Sancho might start for England against Kosovo, Raphael Guerreiro could play for Portugal against Lithuania and Leonardo Balerdi might play his first international game for Argentina.
Mario Götze’s move to BVB’s Champions League opponent did not materialize over this past summer but according to CalcioMercato the Italian side will try again next summer when the midfielder will be available for free if he does not sign an extension with Dortmund.
- FIFA ratings
The official FIFA ratings are out and three BVB players have made it into the top 100 of the game: Marco Reus at 33 (88 overall rating), Mats Hummels at 43 (87) and Axel Witsel at 80 (85).
Surprisingly, Jadon Sancho has not made it into the top 100 and the youngster seems to be somewhat irked by some of his stats.
To be honest 77 passing for someone with Sancho’s abilities is very low. What do you think, do you agree with the ratings and the top 100?