BVB – Comment on Borussia Dortmund’s CL-Aus: The squad planners have lost their magic

Europa League instead of Champions League: BVB fails in the premier class not only due to individual mistakes made by the players on the pitch, but also to those committed before the start of the season. The Dortmund squad planners have failed. A comment.

Yes, BVB has not had an easy time of it in the past few weeks. The bad luck with injuries hit the black and yellow with full force. In the 1: 3 in Lisbon and the associated first preliminary round in the premier class since 2017, numerous regular players were missing in Mats Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro, Giovanni Reyna, Thorgan Hazard and, last but not least, the life insurance company Erling Haaland.

Without it, it becomes clear: the Dortmund architects failed to put together the team. The players, some of which are bought for a lot of money and breadth, lack the necessary quality and the stars who are supposed to provide the decisive moments do not ideally fit the Dortmund game idea.

The performance gap in the squad is too great, the balance is not right. This time Nico Schulz, Reinier and Marin Pongracic were allowed to play against Sporting. Once again, no one could recommend themselves sustainably.

All three found an evening to be forgotten. Schulz again made a major mistake before the Lisbon opening goal, Pongracic revealed deficiencies in his positional play (and thus also contributed his part to the 0: 1) and Reinier, whose father was most recently at SPOX and GOAL about the lack of playing times of his offspring had chauffeured, hardly took part in the game.

BVB squad reveals too great a performance gap

Can, originally committed as a leading player, can neither convince in this nor currently in the sporting role. Against Sporting, the 27-year-old did his team a disservice after an (admittedly controversial) dismissal.

BVB is really good at recognizing the top talents in Europe and guiding them to Dortmund, Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland are just the last examples. With Gregor Kobel, a top keeper was also brought in this summer. But when it came to replacing the lost top performers, Michael Zorc and Co. lately lacked the feeling.

To imagine Thomas Meunier and Donyell Malen as successors to Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho required a lot of imagination. The efforts weren’t rewarded, the two are completely different types of players and not ideal for the Dortmund game, which is intensive in running, pressing and which is characterized by quick switching moments.

With a view to the staff, the appointment calendar and the resulting problematic load management, BVB has to increase staff in winter if it does not want to torpedo further goals early in the season.

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