Borussia Dortmund’s poor run of results continues. Not only did they drop more points, making the race for top four even harder, they also played some very mediocre football. It’s hard to watch BVB games at the moment, and it is pretty hard to write about them too. At some point you get the sense you’re repeating yourself.
Anyway, here are our ratings from yesterday’s game...
Hitz has made at least one mistake in every game he has played in this recent stretch. Few fans have that much confidence in Roman Burki, but he appears to be a significant upgrade on Marwin Hitz.
With all the talk from Edin Terzić about looking to the club vets, Hummels let everyone down. This burns even more given he wore the captain’s armband. Focusing on the ball and not the man is a rookie mistake and directly led to a searing Hoffenheim goal.
See my comments on Hummels above. True, he’s not of the same seasoned caliber as Hummels, but he’s just as responsible for letting that goal happen. Still, he’s a professional and has more experience (by comparison) than some of the kids he plays alongside. Do better, Akanji.
The Candyman played right back again this week and, again, he turned in a solid performance. His tackles and passes into the box are quality and provide one of the few constants amongst the BVB squad right now. This guy deserves to wear the captain’s armband.
Nothing really remarkable about Rapha’s turn, but he gets spicy points for being so quick to defend Haaland when the Hoffenheim players swarmed after his goal.
Delaney has looked solid recently, but I thought he really struggled yesterday. He left the defense exposed too often.
Delaney struggled to find his rhythm in the match and while his marking of Sebastian Rudy may have contributed to a Hoffenheim goal, he was pretty much acting as a party of one in the midfield.
Five words: Give. The. Kid. A. Rest.
Brandt is a player we want to root for because he clearly has talent, but the application is where it gets bungled up. He tried to create chances and find spaces, however he was more quiet in this matchup and that helps nothing. It was the right decision to sub him out in the 60th minute.
The goal was really well taken. It’s a shame that Sancho’s return to form coincides with everyone else’s decline.
Sancho’s hot streak continues and his efforts helped keep the Black and Yellows in the game. He had a great attitude on the pitch and seemed to be the only one to not come to a halt just because he didn’t have the ball. While his goal was lovely, his quality did seem to taper off as the match progressed.
His finishing wasn’t at its best yesterday, but he got an all important goal to claim a point.
The kid is, undoubtedly, a scoring machine. Nonetheless, he could stand to take some etiquette/sportsmanlike conduct courses. As he stood with arms raised, in protest over the ref not calling a penalty, I watched 6 seconds tick by and then Hoffenheim equalized a minute later. Would the chance for buildup been available to Hoffenheim had Haaland stopped his fussing soon after the ref’s quick decision?
His play was bland, but his spice level was five alarm!
Dahoud was active after being subbed on, but there were too many hits and misses in his delivery to make any significant difference.
His time on the pitch lacked what any successful striker needs: chances.
Rubbish. I’m getting bored of saying the same thing every ratings, so I’m not going to bother. It is increasingly difficult to see BVB turning this around and claiming a top four spot.
I can’t decide what I’m more bitter about: this match or not being one of 1,000 lucky winners of the extremely exclusive Pink Candy Kraft Mac and Cheese. While both, presumably, leave a terrible aftertaste, the difference is that it’s anticipated from the latter. We see flashes of the team’s brilliance and ingenuity, but it is not impactful or meaningful. This leaves players, fans and top brass alike feeling frustrated. Again.
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