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Lucien Favre: “I’m okay with one point” against Eintracht Frankfurt

I’m sure this will be controversial.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund are in a run of poor form now, having dropped points in three successive matches in all competitions. Today’s performance was another lackluster one, especially during the first half, when BVB went down a goal and were outshot 6-5. Although BVB came back with a vengeance in the second half, grabbing an equalizer from Gio Reyna and outshooting Frankfurt 11-3, it wasn’t enough for a win.

When the final whistle blew, BVB’s players looked very disappointed, as they’d fought hard during the second half, and were eager to pick up a win to gain back some traction. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. While the players were disappointed, in his post game press conference Favre seemed to be happy with a point. According to Kicker:

“In the end we can be satisfied. We always want to win, but our first half wasn’t good. The second half was much better, we could have won that too. We had a lot more intensity and movement. There was something missing to win , but not much. I’m always okay with one point. In Augsburg or against Cologne I would have been happy with one point. We can’t always win 3-0 or 4-0. “

While a draw is undoubtedly better than a loss, I’m not sure I’d be so happy with a draw if I were in Favre’s shoes. Eintracht Frankfurt are a strong opponent and have some decent players but have been struggling recently, having gone winless in their previous seven. Furthermore, Leipzig and Bayern Munich played each other to a draw, so today would have been a great opportunity to close some ground in the title race. As the season goes on, these types of results, not just the matches against Bayern and Leipzig, are going to be what decides the title, and once May comes around, BVB may be looking back at this game as two points they could’ve had.

I have a feeling that Favre’s quote won’t be popular with the BVB fan base. To me, it demonstrates a general lack of charisma and personality that has typified Favre’s tenure here. While he’s undoubtedly a great tactician, he sometimes seems like he doesn’t have the firebrand personality to push his players that other great managers like Jürgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho have. When Favre’s time here at BVB comes to an end, it will likely be moments like this that fans most remember about this era of BVB football.