It is getting dark for Borussia Dortmund fans. The week before leaving for the national team break gave an answer to the question of whether this team can go far. Judging by the results of the last matches in the Champions League and Bundesliga - no.
Defeats by Ajax and RB Leipzig - another team competing in the European elite - can be considered regular if we keep in mind that the Millionaires are overwhelmed by personnel problems (injured Erling Haaland, Emre Can, Raphael Guerreiro, Dahoud, Marcel Schmelzer), but the problem is the information that the head of the professional staff and the captain have different views on how the team should be formed in terms of formation.
After the defeat at the Red Bull Arena, Marco Reus had something to say "After the first half, we changed the system, then came out with four in the last line, which suits us much better. When we play with five behind, it means that we have a player less in the middle, to help us in the offensive when we go to high pressure."
"We can't deal with that at all ", Reus made it clear that the setting of the game was not valid, which resulted in a defeat (1: 2). It was the third defeat in Bundesliga. Previously, Freiburg and Gladbach were better than Borussia.
And that the team has problems when they play against top teams can be seen from the fact that they defeated only Leverkusen, and suffered failures in duels with Ajax (0: 4, 1: 3), Gladbach (0;1) and Bayern in the Super Cup (1: 3).
Moreover, meticulous statisticians have calculated that with four in the last line they win an average of 2.1 points per match, while the performance with three (when attacking) or five (when defending) falls to 1.8.
Although, coach Marco Rose refused to admit that his ideas did not work. At least the remarks came from the captain, although there is talk of a quiet rebellion in the locker room. "This discussion is superfluous, because it is not about the system at all, considering that we have already won with three defenders."
"Every time is a different reason why I choose a certain formation, in Leipzig, we set ourselves in the way we thought would be the best in relation to the players I had at my disposal," added Rose. The numbers deny it.
In the last game, Borussia recorded the lowest number of duels won in the season (44.3 percent), the worst percentage of successful passes (23.4 percent), the second-worst ratio in possession of the ball since the beginning of the competition year (46.5 percent) and only nine shots on goal (the third worst result since the Bundesliga 2021/22 started).
"I have never seen Dortmund make so many mistakes in building actions," Poulsen, the scorer for 2: 1 said.
And in Munich they rub their hands ...