A downward spiral. A very negative momentum. The yellow wall regulars would describe it as “shitty times”. Borussia Dortmund host Hoffenheim for Match day 21. Instead of maintaining a 3-0 lead after the 66th minute, players decide to let a few goals in. Therefore, a game that looked like a secure 3 points went south all of a sudden.
Marco Reus and Lucien Favre out
Following an injury in the midweek cup game against Bremen, Marco Reus missed the fixture awaiting recovery. In addition to that, Lucien Favre caught flu which prevented him from being in the bench. Therefore, he was represented by his two assistants Manfred Stefes and Edin Terzic. The two men seemed very happy with the 3 goals and encouraged players to produce more.
Sancho and co Ruled the Game
As soon as the game started, Borussia Dortmund players took control of the game. The whole squad looked very harmonious. In the 11th minute, the referee refused Jadon Sancho’s goal after reviewing the VAR. This didn’t stop the young Englishman from scoring a goal in the 32nd minute.
10 minutes later, Mario Götze doubled the lead after a Sancho’s shot was blocked by Oliver Baumann. After the break, the black and yellows came back with the same intent. Therefore, Raphael Guerreiro scored the 3rd goal for the home team. The 3 points never looked closer to get.
Suddenly, it all went SOUTH
The Bundesliga leaders just collapsed. Passes were misplaced in the midfield. Real scoring opportunities were missed by world class strikes. As a result, Hoffenheim managed to score 3 goals in the span of 12 minutes. It all went by like a flash even the two BVB coaches couldn’t counter Julian Nagelsmann’s enthusiasm. What seemed like a water tight strategy turned into a circus. And the whole squad was to blame. Borussia Dortmund are traveling to London to play against Tottenham on Wednesday. One thing is sure, if the Black and Yellow don’t manage to get back to their winning ways, all goals set for 2019 are in a very shaky position.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.