Good morning, everyone.
The DFB Supercup has come and gone. Marco Rose’s Borussia Dortmund suffered its first taste of defeat, falling to Bayern Munich 3-1. It was BVB’s sixth straight loss to Bayern Munich, which extended a losing streak that extends back to the Fall of 2018. It was a disappointing performance but ultimately not a heartbreaking one. There were positives to appreciate and negatives to learn from; lessons that will hopefully help Dortmund improve as the season goes on.
After the game, some of Dortmund’s players gave their reactions. Each player’s reaction tended to express a common theme: the squad played well, but stupid mistakes cost BVB the game: (quotes courtesy of RN)
The captain, Marco Reus, declined to place the blame on Felix Passlack and the right flank:
At that moment I was happy about my goal. We felt we could do the second. Unfortunately, we tripped ourselves up behind the scenes. In terms of energy and passion, however, I thought it was okay. Our right side was not the weak point, but we probably moved badly.
Gregor Kobel also declined to blame Manuel Akanji, pointing out that he otherwise had a strong game:
We actually played a pretty good game; put up a super fight. In the end, Bayern was just a little more clinical. We showed that we can do more than just hang around. When Robert Lewandowski stands in front of you, then that is just crappy. Manuel Akanji still played a huge game. Something like that happens to everyone at some point.
The head coach, Marco Rose, also offered his thoughts:
We conceded three goals and only scored one, Bayern have the title - that’s why we’re disappointed. We made too many simple mistakes, but made an excellent return and gave Bayern a fight. After [it became] 1:2 we had them really hooked, then [it became] 1:3 and it became difficult. But the guys did a good job and overall that’s an achievement from which we can take something positive. But of course we are disappointed, we wanted to take a title here today.
BVB will look to rebound against Freiburg in the upcoming weekend. A win would be a great opportunity to put this loss in the rearview window.
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