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Match Ratings: Marco Reus, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens Lead First Half Comeback Against Mönchengladbach

Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach - Bundesliga Photo by Ralf Ibing - firo sportphoto/Getty Images

Saturday’s performance featured Borussia Dortmund at its very worst and its very best. Within a span of about a half hour, BVB went from suffering a potentially season-crippling loss to securing three points and jumping back into the top four.

If the match had ended after 29 minutes, there would be a lot of 1s, 2s, and 3s, in this article. Instead, after a dreadful start, Dortmund righted the ship and dominated the rest of the match.

Starting XI

Gregor Kobel

Sean: 5

While Kobel has been a consistent standout this season, he did allow two goals. I’m not going to criticize him for failing to stop Manu Koné’s rocket, but Rocco Reitz’s goal should have been savable.

Zac: 6

Kobel continues to outperform the rest of the defense, even if he can’t secure clean sheets completely by his lonesome.

Ramy Bensebaini

Sean: 6

Bensebaini struggled pretty heavily for the first thirty minutes and was caught up the pitch several times, but he managed to settle down along with the rest of the team following Sabitzer’s goal. He also launched the long ball to Jamie Bynoe-Gittens that created Füllkrug’s goal.

Zac: 7

Against his former club, Bensebaini had a bit of a redemption match following a heavy dose of critcism from both the fans and the media. Ramy led the team in ball recoveries (13) and interceptions (3), while winning 100% of his tackles and completing 88% of passes. Ultimately, a respectable performance in a leaky defense.

Nico Schlotterbeck

Sean: 5

Like Bensebaini, Schlotterbeck struggled during the first 30 minutes. He was the defender that played Reitz onside and failed to knock the ball away from Koné. Thankfully, he turned his form around with the rest of the team and had an effective final 60 minutes.

Zac: 5

Schlotterbeck has plateaued a bit, and I would like to see him kick on a bit and raise his level. He is a young defender and deserves time to grow, but whereas last season he was a leader in defense, this season he feels more like a member. He has more room to grow.

Mats Hummels

Sean: 7

Zac: 6

Mats would rate better with me if not for his series of misadventures in the beginning of the first half. Both Hummels and Schlotterbeck enjoy the occasional venture into the attack, which in this writer’s opinion, they… should not. Yes, scoring goals is fun. Conceding them is not. If the midfielders are failing to create options, leave that to Terzic to fix.

Julian Ryerson

Sean: 6

Zac: 7

Ryerson did not create anything outstanding today, but he worked tirelessly for the full 90 and was always available for his team. In a stretch of matches where this cannot be said for every player, this will continue to earn praise from me.

Emre Can

Sean: 5

Zac: 6

Can has been absent for a month, and Dortmund have been poor in that month. There is nothing to suggest that those two things are related, but once the dust settled in the match, Can began to assert his influence. Moving up the field, Can has more tools at his disposal than Özcan, he has just failed to regularly use them this season. Can needs to kick on from here and settle into his role as enforcer and captain.

Marcel Sabitzer

Sean: 6

His goal was well-taken, but I thought he was a little quiet outside of that. He only had 11 total attempted passes in his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Zac: 6

Julian Brandt

Sean: 7

Zac: 7

Marco Reus

Sean: 8

Despite not getting a goal or an assist, Reus was a candidate for man of the match. He was involved everywhere in the buildup and helped create two of Dortmund’s first three goals.

Zac: 7.5

Because of the missed chances, I just cannot get Reus all the way to an 8.

Jamie Bynoe-Gittens

Sean: 8

A true star performance from Bynoe-Gittens. While his inaccurate passing is still concerning, he was a progression machine, leading the squad with six progressive carries. His assist to Sabitzer was mature and very well-taken, and his finish was perfect.

Zac: 8

Niclas Füllkrug

Sean: 7

This is what BVB wanted when they signed Füllkrug. It was a typical expert striker performance. His finish, an outside-of-the-boot chip, was sublime, and he assisted Bynoe-Gittens’ goal with a nice little layoff.

Zac: 8

Füllkrug deserves praise for his performance, and without his contributions this would have been another loss in the books. Still, Füllkrug was quiet for the vast majority of the game, and still feels to be just short of providing the type of striker performances BVB needs.

Substitutes

Salih Özcan

Sean: 6

Zac: 6

No major impact, but did manage to get fouled a lot and drew a yellow.

Gio Reyna

Sean: 6

Zac: 6.5

Reyna came into a game BVB were dominating and was not able to maintain the tempo. His performance was solid; he moved the ball well and was creative, but further goals eluded him and the team.

Donyell Malen

Sean: 6

Zac: 6

Finally, a goal for Donny, and much needed. Still, if the rumors are true, it may not have impacted his current opinion on his tenure at BVB…

Marius Wolf

N/A

Youssoufa Moukoko

N/A

Overall

Sean: 7

Falling down behind by 2-0 obviously seemed like a disaster waiting to happen, but if you zoom out and look at the totality of the match, BVB’s performance was actually exactly what we’ve been begging for over the last decade. Sure, the start was poor, but Gladbach converted the two real chances they created, and rather than feeling sorry for themselves, BVB actually turned it around and not only did they come back within 20 minutes, but they dominated nearly every minute of the rest of the game.

Zac: 6

There was nothing vintage about this performance, far from it. BVB started like they intended to extended their wretched form against Stuttgart (and Bayern), and without the individual brilliance of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, it would have stayed that way. JBG deserves credit, and potentially all the credit, for getting BVB back into the match, but his performance does what every BVB performance this Hindrunde has done: mask the issues. BVB were once again showed their disconnect between defense and midfield, and their failure to maintain focus. A win was critical at this stage, but taking it as a omen of better things to come is, potentially, optimistic. Forgive me for my bad attitude, but I did not see a new team on Saturday, just some lucky volleys.