The first half of the season seemed very promising for Borussia Dortmund. The German Bundesliga leaders made fans very excited about a bright future. However, the transition to the second half didn’t go very well. As Borussia Dortmund lost more and more points, in addition to early DFB Cup exit, the squad started losing confidence. As a result, Wembley witnesses Borussia Dortmund destruction in the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Very Good first Half
Overall, Borussia Dortmund looked good in the first half. Despite the absence of players like Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer, the Black and Yellows portrayed a team that could win silverware. With Dan Axel Zagadou back in the defense, the midfield could breath and play forward.
Lucien Favre relied on discipline and quick counters. Therefore, Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic were very quick and dangerous during counter attacks. The first half ended with a air of satisfaction from both teams.
Second half… Where it all went South
Misplaced passes in front of penalty areas aren’t a good thing in football. Achraf Hakimi learned this the hard way. As he wrongfully passed the ball to the opposition, a cross landed on the Son’s right foot scoring the first goal for Tottenham.
After that, the game wasn’t handled very well. Misplaced passes were more frequent and in dangerous positions. Zagadou’s injury didn’t heal as expected and was substituted. Then Roman Bürki saw two other goals go into the back of the net. The game ended 3-0 for the home team.
Borussia Dortmund… Half a Step Away from Champions League exit
Although Borussia Dortmund’s main goal this season is the Bundesliga, the Westphalia team are aiming at a high UEFA ranking this season. Moreover, such a loss would only hurt the team’s confidence even more. Lucien Favre must inspire players to focus on the positives and ignore what isn’t necessary to this season’s success.
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.