- DFB Cup
Borussia Dortmund have once again suffered an embarrassing loss in the DFB Cup. The black and yellows were defeated by Werder Bremen just like last year and have thrown away their best chance at a title this season.
BVB’s loss was not the only surprise yesterday, Eintracht Frankfurt eliminated RB Leipzig. The Nagelsmann-team is in a bit of a crisis right now and have to travel to Munich on Saturday to play Bayern.
In addition, Fortuna Düsseldorf won their duel with 1.FC Kaiserslautern 5:2 and Schalke came back from 0:2 down to win 3:2 in extra time against Hertha BSC Berlin.
Today there will be four matches with the now remaining big favorites Bayern Munich hosting TSG Hoffenheim.
- Champions League squad
Borussia Dortmund had to replace Paco Alcacer, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Julian Weigl in their Champions League squad and as expected they have nominated Erling Haaland and Emre Can. Luca Unbehaun, the 18-year old goalkeeper, has also been included in the 25-player squad for the upcoming Champions League round of sixteen match against Paris St. Germain.
Lucien Favre commented on the loss and quite frankly he does not really have the reaction that he probably should have.
“Our first half was not a good one. We played with too little speed, won too few duels, were always too late. We are very disappointed that we have lost. That’s too bad. In the end, we had three or four big chances and could still have achieved our goal.”
“That’s too bad” is not exactly what fans want to hear after an inexcusable performance that means another title is lost for the club. This team is missing the will to win at every cost and it starts with the coach.
Julian Brandt, who was one of the only good players last night, was a bit more direct with his critique:
“The first half was not a good one; not good going forward. We had a lot of possession, but we didn’t make much of it. It is your own fault. We played around far too much and not directly for a goal. It’s difficult in the Weser Stadium after a deficit. The fans took their team with them. We had to open in the second half. The 1:3 was very bitter for us. We cannot be expected to score five goals in every game. But there was also a lack of greed to score the goals. It is a bitter evening for us. Bremen did very well, played compactly.”
- At least we got a good goal out of it
Yesterdays loss may have stunk but at least we got a amazing goal from American international Gio Reyna. Reyna has hype levels in the states at maximum levels and deservedly so. With BVB having even less to play for this season after yesterday, players like Gio and Haaland give us hope.