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Achtung Borusse!

Borussia Dortmund FM Story
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ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-12-14 21:05
gb 1545 posts 228 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Fantastic result! The results you've gained so far are extremely promising.
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2018-12-16 05:36
00 24 posts 2 likes joined Sep 20, 2018


WORN OUT BVB STRUGGLE THROUGH ROUGH BUNDESLIGA GAUNTLET

After escaping Paris with three points, Favre would face a brutal stretch of three games in seven days. Adding in the Paris SG game and it would be four games in ten days, not something anyone would like to go through.

Bundeslia (A) : Borussia Dortmund 1 - TSG Hoffenheim 1
Hoffenheim was ready and waiting for BVB, and they were lucky to get away from this one with a point as they were essentially outplayed. A mostly full strength side, with Götze playing the No. 10 role after sitting out the PSG game, struggled to take control and appeared tired. Raphaël Guerreiro left with a slight injury at 29’ and depth became more of an issue with Jeremy Toljan stepping in for him. Both teams basically lived in the middle third, both struggling to make significant inroads as Favre saw his team playing on it’s heels.

Marco Reus put Dortmund up 1-0 after a dubious penalty call on Kevin Vogt. Maximilian Philipp made the most of the incidental contact between him and Vogt, and Reus was happy to knock it in to start the second half with the first lead of the game. Things went back and forth with Hoffenheim the clear aggressor, constantly attacking and making BVB sweat. Things broke Hoffenheim’s way in the 72’ when Steven Zuber dispossessed the freshly substituted Marius Wolf at midfield and hit a long through ball to Nadiem Amiri that caught Lukas Piszczek moving forward. Amiri had acres of space and moved to attack the near post, the pass was so good it created a lose-lose scenario for Abdou Diallo that was essentially a two-on-one with Dominic Solanke attacking the center. Amiri smartly passed to Solanke just as he split the central defenders and easily tucked it into the right side of the goal.

That was it for the action as Hoffenheim seemed to lose steam, a well deserved point that easily could have been a loss.

“I would be lying if I said we weren’t tired” admitted Favre “but that is no excuse, Hoffenheim were the better team today. We got away with one today.”

Bundeslia (H) : 1. FC Nürnberg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1
Marco Reus curled a free kick into the box and Axel Witsel headed it in at the 8’ mark, and that was it for the game. This time BVB were by far the more dominant team, with Nürnberg happy to concede possession and try to wring a point out of a tough road game. Without that early goal, this would have been a frustrating draw with a 23:6 shots advantage that essentially evaporated when you consider it only amounted to an 8:3 shots on target advantage.

The real kicker here was Christian Pulisic going down with a foot injury late in the game, and it didn’t look good.



Bundeslia (A) : Borussia Dortmund 1 - Bayer Leverkusen 0
If you like dull games, this would have been the game for you. Dortmund played rather poorly, which was most disappointing because this game almost featured a full first choice squad. The 3000 BVB fans that traveled to the Bay Arena must have left feeling like they should have stayed home.

Marwin Hitz started in goal and Marius Wolf took the place of the injured Christian Pulisic, but it isn’t clear if any of that mattered. Dortmund dominated across the board, but it took a clumsy tackle by Leverkusen’s Wendell to set up Marco Reus for a penalty that decided the game. Wendell earned a yellow for his fateful tackle, one of five for Leverkusen.

Things got testy as the game went on with both teams exchanging yellow card worthy tackles before Wendell got his second in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game. Favre left the game in a prickly mood and didn’t have much to say afterwards.
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2018-12-16 05:51
00 24 posts 2 likes joined Sep 20, 2018


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FRUSTRATION BECOMES BUNDESLIGA DISASTER

October opened with a rough stretch that would potentially alter the course of the season. A two-game week, facing Galatasaray on the road and FC Augsberg at home would look easy enough on paper, but things would turn sour quickly.

Champions League (A) : Borussia Dortmund 0 - Galatasaray 0
A disappointing result in a game BVB could have and should have won. Overall the game was very dull, with a pile of yellow cards the only reward for fans. BVB was able to enjoy possession but failed to do much with it. The only upside of this result was a point, but it definitely felt like they left points on the table.

Aside from 58% possession, Dortmund looked almost identical to Galatasaray on paper which meant they were not playing to their potential. Even with Marco Reus running the offense, this team looked uninspiring and toothless.

After opening the group with a surprise win over PSG Dortmund sits 1st with (4) points, but any more games like this will see them plummet toward the bottom of the standings.

Bundesliga (H) : FC Augsburg 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3
An easy win that quickly felt like a Pyrrhic victory, Augsburg were awful as BVB romped to a comfortable three points. Paco Alcácer put on a real show today, continuing to put aside his quiet preseason. He opened the scoring at 20’ after Marco Reus snagged the ball on a bad throw in and found him with a killer through ball. He made it 2-0 off a Jacob Bruun Larsen throw in close to Augsburg’s goal, and nearly completed the hat trick with another through ball from Reus that found the woodwork just before the half. Just after halftime Manuel Akanji made it 2-1 by scoring an unfortunate own goal, but made up for it in the 88th minute by heading it into the correct goal off a Reus free kick. Reus didn’t score himself, but he didn’t need to as he showed why Favre has favored him in the No. 10 role. He ended the match with a 9.00 rating and easily took home the PoM.

The Pyrrhic victory came in as BVB announced that Axel Witsel, who left injured during the game, would be out 2-5 months with a hip injury. Mamoud Dahoud would now slot into his DM role, and the decision not to sell Weigl looked rather prescient. BVB’s deep central midfield suddenly got very shallow, the only thing standing between Favre and a total midfield disaster was a petulant player dragging his feet around the training ground every week.



The team will have about two weeks to recover with VfB Stuttgart coming up, but they will not have long to rest after that with two games against the Red Bull clubs (Leipzig and Salzburg) in one week, with the DFB-Pokal date with Leipzig a must win.
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-12-16 12:55
gb 1545 posts 228 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
A decent set of results, although that draw to Galatasaray is extremely frustrating. Hopefully you'll be able to recover there.
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2018-12-16 21:30
00 2726 posts 413 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
The draw with Galatasaray isn't great but they can be a very tough team to beat if they turn up!
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2018-12-17 21:47
00 24 posts 2 likes joined Sep 20, 2018
2018-12-16 21:30#253597 mgriffin2012 : The draw with Galatasaray isn't great but they can be a very tough team to beat if they turn up!

I think this was my first game where it burned through the first half without a single highlight. The second half was similar, I think I got a few at the end but it was like even FM was bored by this game.
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.

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