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Match Ratings: Borussia Dortmund Drop Three Points Against Bayer Leverkusen

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In a game where almost nobody played well, we try to differentiate the bad from the worse.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

All of the momentum that Borussia Dortmund collected after two consecutive wins against Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig has been lost. Only three days after dropping two points to Mainz, BVB dropped all three to Bayer Leverkusen with a disappointing 2-1 defeat. While they started the match strong, an early goal from Moussa Diaby left Dortmund on the back foot for the majority of the match, and despite eventually finding an equalizer through Julian Brandt, BVB ultimately fell to a brilliant counterattack capped by a goal from Florian Wirtz.

It was a match with few standout performances. Here are our ratings:

Starting XI

Roman Burki

Sean K: 6

Yes, Roman Burki let Moussa Diaby nutmeg him for Bayer Leverkusen’s first goal, but he also made 11 saves. He was absolutely hounded for 90 minutes and actually made some decent saves, including one from a point-blank shot from Diaby that kept the game within reach. It wasn’t perfect, but if it weren’t for Burki the performance could have been much worse.

Sean M: 6

Once again Burki was peppered with shots. He made 11 saves, some easy and some quite challenging. He did give up two goals, but each time he was left on an island by himself. Each goal looked worse on replay than it did in real-time, but without his gloves, the game would have been out of reach long before the second goal was scored.

Thomas Meunier

Sean K: 6

Other than his awkward back pass that inadvertently led to Leverkusen’s second goal, I thought Meunier was BVB’s best defender. He is slowly revealing himself to be a solid defensive right back. He made a key tackle on Leon Bailey in the crucial minutes that the score was level.

Sean M: 6.5

The back pass was awful. For some reason, it seems like he is good for one horrid pass a match. Other than that I feel he played well. Moving into a back four has helped his performances immensely. It would have been great if he didn’t sky his second-half shot, but he is a defender and isn’t in the game to score crucial goals.

Manuel Akanji

Sean K: 4

Akanji did not cover himself in glory on Leverkusen’s second goal. Although he won a challenge against Patrik Schick, he unfortunately tapped the ball right to a wide-open Moussa Diaby, and was unable to recover in time to recover the play.

Sean M: 5

Not his best day at the office.

Mats Hummels

Sean K: 2

This was one of Hummels’ worst performances in a long time. He allowed Moussa Diaby to get in behind the back line on Leverkusen’s first goal, and flew into a tackle that he missed wildly on Leverkusen’s second. He also got absolutely dusted by Diaby, which allowed the forward to get in on goal against Burki, but Hummels was bailed out by the Swiss keeper.

Sean M: 4

Poor decision making on Hummels’ part led to both goals. He has to make smarter decisions in these critical situations if he is going to remain on the pitch. Some will say this performance is related to exhaustion, which in my opinion would be a valid argument for a younger player, but not for someone of Hummels experience and stature.

Raphael Guerreiro

Sean K: 2

Raphael Guerreiro seemed to forget that, as a left back, he actually has defensive responsibilities. There were several instances where he lost the ball in attack and simply stopped running. As a result, Dortmund’s left side was wide-open to counterattacks. Just look at this screenshot from Leverkusen’s second goal; Guerreiro isn’t even in the picture!

Source: ESPN

Sean M: 0

This performance was complete bullshit. Anyone who knows me knows that I think Schultz is a total waste of space. However, after watching this performance I am on board with him getting a run of games. If anything, at least Schultz will be on the field and running, which is more than I can say for Guerreiro at the moment.

Jude Bellingham

Sean K: 6

It’s not that Jude really did anything, it’s just that he wasn’t consistently terrible, and I feel like that counts for something in a game like this.

Sean M: 7

After a game like this, it's really hard to praise anyone. This was a total meltdown. Jude was the best turd in the punch bowl. He was a presence in midfield and his absence was felt after he was substituted. What is sad is the top performance came from a 17-year-old kid.

Thomas Delaney

Sean K: 5

This was vintage Delaney. He put in a decent amount of tackles and surprisingly led the team in progressive passes, but he also had a few awful turnovers and of course, got a fifth yellow card that has ruled him out of Friday’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sean M: 5

Effort will only get you so far. What I love about Delaney is he never quits. When the other members of the team are clicking his effort and tackling can be game changing. When the team isn’t clicking he doesn’t offer much of a spark to shift the game's momentum in a positive direction. I wish his drive could be transplanted to some of the other members of the squad, namely Guerreiro and Brandt.

Julian Brandt

Sean K: 5

I’m a bit torn on Brandt’s performance. For much of the match he looked characteristically off the pace and his poor passes killed a number of attacking sequences. On the other hand, he did score a goal and was tied with Sancho and Guerreiro for the most shot-creating actions. Hopefully Brandt can take the positives from his performance and work with them, because with Witsel and Hazard injured, BVB will need Brandt to contribute.

Sean M: 4

But, but, but....he scored a goal. Great. He also crapped his pants in front of goal and stood around flat-footed far too often. He is a frustrating case.

Jadon Sancho

Sean K: 6

Jadon Sancho’s numbers last night were actually pretty good. He had 0.8 npxG + xA, and had eight successful dribbles, when the next-best player only had two. On the other hand, none of his actions really led to a goal, and it seemed like his effectiveness faded as the match went on.

Sean M: 5.5

I second everything Other Sean has said.

Marco Reus

Sean K: 6

The captain also had a mixed-bag performance. While he led the team with 20 pressures, and created a few scoring chances by forcing turnovers, he also lacked any semblance of clinicality in the final third. The entire team seemed completely uncoordinated, and Marco’s performance was emblematic of this trend.

Sean M: 5.5

The images of Reus sitting on the stairs said it all to me. You can see how exhausted and frustrated he is. Far too often his defensive efforts outperform his defensive minded colleagues. Reus’s finishing has been far from his best this year and I wonder if the effort he is forced to expend on the defensive end has hurt his offensive production.

Erling Haaland

Sean K: 5

Haaland has now failed to score in three consecutive matches, something that has been practically unheard of in his BVB tenure so far. Borussia Dortmund have had trouble providing him with anything resembling the service that he typically thrives on.

Sean M: 5.5

He wasn’t given a whole lot to work with, but the chances he did have lacked the trademark Haaland finishing. I’d like to see Tigges start the next match and see how well Haaland plays alongside another tall striker. Perhaps having another big body up top will free up some space for the machine to get back on track.

Substitutes

Gio Reyna

N/A

Youssoufa Moukoko

N/A

Stefan Tigges

N/A

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