The misery continues. Borussia Dortmund draw 1-1 against Jess Thorup’s Augsburg side and are now at risk of slipping even further away from the top four in this year’s Bundesliga. This wasn’t exactly Die Schwarzgelben’s worst game this season, but I don’t know how telling that is to be honest. Augsburg netted their goal in the 23rd minute, when Nico Schlotterbeck was absolutely bullied off the ball by Ermedin Demirovic who managed finish his self-created chance off against Kobel. In the 35th minute a pass from Reus found Füllkrug, who, with the back to goal, managed to flick it on to a perfectly timed run from Donyell Malen. Then Dutchman took a one-touch finish. There was a lot of back-and-forth play in the second half, but Dortmund came closest, namely through an abundance of chances for Donyell Malen and a shot from Gio Reyna very late on.
Even though this wasn’t Dortmund’s worst performance this season, the team still looks absolutely disjointed. If Watzke is serious about reaching the top four, he’ll seriously need to consider Terzic’s future, no matter how good of friends they are.
Here are my MOTM candidates from today’s 1-1 draw against Augsburg:
It might seem kinda odd to give Malen a nomination for today’s MOTM, but he was by far the most active player in Dortmund’s attack. He probably could have done better with his decision making, but I’m pretty sure he himself is responsible of a very large chunck of Dortmund’s accumulated xG (3.11 per Amazon). Took his goal very well, looked dangerous almost every time he had the ball, and made a great case for himself in terms of not warming the bench as much as he has been doing so far this season.
I very much liked this display from Meunier today. He did a lot more than you could have expected for a guy that has not touched the pitch in basically a year. Defensively solid and more often than not found an efficient way of playing out when pressed. His workrate was also a lot higher than most of his colleagues today.
Ramy also had a good game, even though we was mostly active on the defensive end of things. His passing is still very questionable, but he did manage to make life difficult for both Engels and Mbabu on more than one occasion.
Lovely assist for Malen. Was very good with his back to goal today, and both Malen and JBG used him effectively as a playing station. He also served up a golden chance for Gio Reyna very late on. Niclas Füllkrug has been one of the few constants in BVB’s very mixed performances lately, and for that, he deserves a lot of praise.
Who was your MOTM?
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What did you think of Malen’s performance today? Mostly good or mostly bad?
And if Terzic drops points next week, should he be fired? And who should then replace him? (I’m 100 % certain it will be Oliver Glasner, and I’m 100 % sure it is a terrible move). Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!